Name:Craigowl Hill
Hill number:1665
Height:455m / 1493ft
SMC/RHB Section:26A: Central Scotland from Dumbarton to Montrose
Topographical area:HE15 Craigowl-turin
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Tump (400-499m), Yeaman
Grid ref:NO 37697 39985
Summit feature:trig point
Col:62m  NO421518  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 54
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Hill Number 5Ash20/04/2024
Sidlaws: Craigowl and Auchterhouse hill. Walkhighlands routehummusg26/12/2023
Walk in the Sidlaw hills. Round of 3. Auchterhouse, Barkello and Craigowl.sarahk14/08/2023
As everyone else. Squeezed car on verge ( off the tarmac) tucked in wing mirrors, tyres straight. So many NO parking signs. Follwed finger board up tarmac access road. Scottish mule sheep and followers also group of curious cows and calves. Used dog whistle to advise them of my approach. Return same way. Wide views from summit.VerySlowPlodder05/07/2023
From end of public road at Hillside of Prieston. Up on access road, return initially over stile then on path through vegetation on south side of fence back to the access road.(Quick leg stretch on journey south after overnight ferry from Shetland to Aberdeen).Winterfloodian15/06/2023
Slow trudge up the Tarmac Road from the end of the public road trig pillar S1609. Numerically the number of metres in one mile bar one foot. And for the geeks like me the birthday trig Walk of Life of Marilyn Monroe it would be her 83rd birthdayvegibagger10/06/2023
With Eve. Heavily overcast but dry. Straightforward walk up from Balkello Car Park and gifted with expansive view over Dundee and the Firth of Tay. Visited Scroggie Hill on the return to enjoy a similar view but without a gang of masts peering over.RufusHodge04/02/2023
Parking area at the top of the road, by Coldstream. Simple walk up the mast access road to the summit. Great views. With Mntainman.Dangerous Dave15/12/2022
with Tessardhumble23/10/2022
Parked NO3904939519 and up road to summit.PeteF15/10/2022
As others, decent parking against fence, just below end of road to ESE - Up mast access road which takes you to within 20m of the summit trig point. Good viewpoint.gerrybowes20/09/2022
With Jay... claggy from the car park to the summit. Easy paths.Larry Groo29/06/2022
Up and down track after parking at Hillside of Prieston. Had been to Kings Seat earlier in the afternoon.KevPalmer18/05/2022
10km loop around the Sidlaws - Auchterhouse Hill, Balkello Hill, Craigowl Hill in just over 2 hours. Beautiful views all around. Schehallion, Ben Lawers and the Cairngorms were looking splendid to the north as were the Lomonds to the south and the coast to the eastNicky C22/04/2022
Straight ascent from Balkello Hill via Windy Gates col. Really overcast and strong cold wind at top. West off summit then path to SW to lead back to Balkello car parkJubilado11/04/2022
Circuit from Balkello car park.thekirkie pirate02/03/2022
As others from Hillside of Prieston. Up the access road to the summit and back. 2.3 miles about 50 mins walking time round trip for me.JulieB06/11/2021
Space for a few cars at end of road at Hillside of Prieston. Easy and straightforward ascent up tarred mast road to the top (we didn't even have to wear walking boots). Good views from a nice vantage point as far as the Pentlands south. High cloud/sunny. 1 other person about. 213m ascent. Earlier that day we bagged Dundee Law.DanTrig11/09/2021
Good day out in the Sidlaws. Starting from Balkello Woodland up to Craigowl. Then over to Kinpurney Hill (avoiding Boggy Seat). Back to Auchterhouse Hill and finishing up with Balkello Hill.Fife Walking31/07/2021
2nd time. From Balkello car park via Auchterhouse Hill and Balkello Hill.russell6103/07/2021
From CP to SW. There are remains of a makeshift stile into the compound with the trig at NO 3772 3997 Good paths continue to Balkello and Auchterhouse Hills (both Tumps) and very much recommended. Excellent walkcarole engel11/05/2021
On WH route. First big hill in a while.iangpark30/03/2021
Ski tour to Craigowl from Lumley Den, via Gallow Hill. Return mostly same route.clashcityrocker16/02/2021
Craigowl has become Dundee's alpine snowsports area! More skiers and boarders out today. Ascent from Hillside of Prieston, via rough line of road up Craigowl (road buried under snow). Descent more or less by same route. Wind having effect on snow - transportation + sculpting.clashcityrocker13/02/2021
On alpine touring skis from road near Balkello car park. Excellent conditions, a foot of powder snow. Ascent by West Ridge, after slightly unusual journey to get to it. Return by traverse of south side of hill.clashcityrocker11/02/2021
With Inez, snowy.From track at North Balluderon.clashcityrocker23/01/2021
As Longwojo 12/11/19.Crib Goch28/09/2020
As others from Hillside of Prieston. Straight up access road, cattle in field but placid. Great views from topLongwojo12/11/2019
From Hillside of Prieston, limited parking, NO390395. Up Tx road. Private car came up - wondered how when gate has lots of locks - investigation revealed that the locks don't actually lock the gate.Isbjorn08/06/2019
Third visit; TGOC 19, last hill of the crossingColin Crawford22/05/2019
Craigowl Hill, Balkello Hill and Auchterhouse Hill (respectively) from P in Balkello Woodland at NO364385.summitsup09/05/2019
Foggy and frozen. Up the track until I got bored with it, then up the grassy hillside direct to the top. The cairn is nicer than the trig.Gill29/01/2019
A circuit from Coldstream. Track and direct hillside to Craigowl (passing what could have been two rings of a hill fort?), outfklanking the heather where possible to the summit and cairn on Gallow Hill, then by increasingly tenuous tracks through the heather to Ironside Hill and back via the track descending from the nearby mast and a right turn through the farm at Balcalk.Nick Down111/08/2018
2/4 (Gallow Hill/Craigowl Hill/Fottringham Hill/Dunnichan Hill)Fergalh30/07/2018
Walk from Balkello wood car park to Auchterhouse hill, Balkello hill and Craigowl hill. Good paths and good conditions.PsyCrow24/07/2018
LSjohn steel13/07/2018
Rode to the top on my bike - quite the hill.victimofmathema05/05/2018
2 of 2: From Hillside of Prieston.ChrisR30/03/2018
From Balkello woodland car parkBLACKHILL24/03/2018
From car park at Balkello woodland, followed tracks up to summitkdbennett11/11/2017
Ascent from the west, up to the transmitters on the top, and descent to the south west.brandybordeaux21/07/2017
From Balkello Hill, descent via mast track.Chris Peart26/05/2017
Second visit. same route from Balkello.Windy Corner16/04/2017
From community woodland. Rain at first, v windy. Hurrying. Rounsfell08/03/2017
Muddy wet ascent with Katie Belle to the crappest top yet. A mess of stuff with the trig between it all. Not unexpected, but not what I'm used to.dandaran13/11/2016
Parked at Hillside of Prieston. Walked up tarmac road to summit (in my brogues after business meeting!) Returned via same route.raffemeister28/06/2016
From Balkello Woods via Auchterhouse Hill. Cloudy but clear.Windy Corner22/05/2016
Warm stroll up the access road to the telecommunications filled summit.N.Morters06/05/2016
Enjoyable walk up but - Disappointing summit. Surrounded by barbed wire fences.menmuic24/03/2016
With Jenx from Prieston. Followed access road to summit trig. Gate at bottom not locked and met someone up the hill that had been dog walking. But its a big gate with lots of locks and as near dusk thought better of going on further.nordicstar02/12/2015