Name:Carn na Saobhaidhe
Hill number:639
Height:811.1m / 2661ft
SMC/RHB Section:09B: Glen Albyn and the Monadh Liath
Topographical area:HM04 Saobhaidhe-tighearnan
Catchment:Findhorn, Catchment Boundaries, Ness
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Simm, Corbett, Yeaman
Grid ref:NH 59899 14400
Summit feature:no feature 160m SW of cairn and 80m NNE of radio mast
Col:641m  NH597101  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 35
(1:25k) 417
Observations:cairn is at NH 60034 14497; ground 100m WNW of cairn at NH 59936 14471 and 25m SW of cairn at NH 60013 14480 very close in height
Survey:Abney level/Leica RX1250
Comments:Hill 640 surveyed as 10cm lower; unlikely but possible that its summit is higher, which would move the Marilyn
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Parked off the B851 where the phone box used to be by the bins outside Dunmaglass estate. Followed the estate/ wind farm track to summit. Followed same route back.dhutt19/06/2024
e-bike to Jubilee Hut then walked.langskill08/06/2024
By gravel bike up tracks on WH route. Will get an e bike next time 😃. Hard work on the way up, unsurprisingly, but absolutely the right choice for the way down. Low cloud cleared for the summit for atmospheric views of wind turbines. 27km 2h50Rockdoctor04/05/2024
Carn na Saobhaidhe with John from Dumnaglas (B851). Fairly easy-going route following road/track all the way to the summit. After crossing the Allt Uisg an t-Sidhean, we encountered ice and snow which increased in depth as we gained height. Reached the Diamond Jubilee hut and took 10 mins to check it out before ascending the final 150m or so to the summit. Returned back down to the hut and had some lunched then retraced our steps back to Dumnaglas. Total time pretty much bang on 6h.mproudfoot13/01/2024
A windfarm - should be good biking but quite hilly and loose gravel - not for me - fell off.carole engel17/05/2022
From Coignafearn parking (NH7111180), cycled along track to Dalbeg, continued walking along R Findhorn, then up a finely graded track E along R Eskin, finally across the moor to summit(s) of Càrn na Làraiche Maoile, descended NNE then up over summit of Càrn a' Choire Sheilich, descending NE to col, then NE to the South Top, then N to summit of Carn na Saobhaide, descending initially on track ENE, then SE over bog to upper streams of Allt Odhar, following that to the head of the track at NH619134, down to Dalbeg, cycled back to Coignafearn (7h35m [6h from Dalbeg])kdbennett14/05/2022
From Garthbeg via windfarm tracks with Struie and Rhona. Warm day, no wind but previously drifted snow and a ghillie who asked us to put the dog on a lead. Panoramic views from the top, esp to the north.DampandDusty10/04/2022
From Garthbeg, lots of parking. Over bridge, right at the first building, follow track to where it rejoins the windfarm road. Follow road to bridge at 570134, go left or up the middle (old) track and all the way to the mast. Biked, except for some snow drifts. Sunny and warm.iangalbraith27/03/2022
Relentless SW gale into my face throughout the ascent but the generally easy angle of the track makes it very runnable; 3h 5m up and down.NorfolkPT2127/10/2021
From the car park at Coilnafearn. L+ectro up to 633135 where I left it close to the waterfall. Followed the burn going NW, wet but generally ok underfoot. Walked over all possible high points. Its ironic that with all the wind turbines and access roads created near to the summit, the air is now polluted with diesel fumes from the generator at the mast. Great views! 18.5 miles in 4 and a half hours return with the bike ride back being very fast and enjoyable. Sunny despite the poor forecast. Solo.bolton24/10/2021
Dunmaglass route out and back. Dry, bright, mild but SW winds forecast around 30mph with stronger gusts and increasing during the day so legged it round. Turned out to be a good choice for the conditions, approaching from the north provided some shelter. Got into a good rhythym and enjoyed it. Hut at 680m was unlocked, a good place for a breather. Loads of red kites around Dunmaglass.Owen B21/09/2021
MTB from Foyers campsite via Dunmaglass and wind farm track, then via old estate track to summit in very high winds (Why do they build wind farms here?). Traversed summit on foot (250m). Descent to West via wind farm track to Garthebeg and campsite at Foyers. 50km 1200m ascent. Long day.John Lee14/06/2021
Strath Nairn (605246) then following track to Drumglass Lodge, Allt Uisg an_t-Sidhein, junction (602161) & Carn na Saobhaidhe. Return by same route. Fine dry mild with sunny periods.Vin12/06/2021
Turbine-tasctic monotonous walk from Garthbeg. Started with a long, dusty road to Carn na Saobhaidhe (604m) then Carn na Saobhaidhe (811m). So dull they named it twice. There-and-back to Carn Mhic lamhair, NW to Beinn Bhuraich, down to Meall a' Bhuailt, and homeward bound via Beinn Mheadhoin and Carn Choire Riabhaich. Okay in sunny, dry conditions. Would be horrible if wet and overcast as minimal visual and topographical interest. 7 hrs.summitter05/06/2021
Climbed with Richard and Tim. Hot and sunny day. Late start after breakfast in Fort Augustus then dinner stop on way back at White Bridge hotel (awesome food and drink!)amcculloch02/06/2021
Solo, via Windfarm entrance. Long walk but with light winds.garbo110316/04/2021
1 of 6: From Garthbeg via the wind farm. Settled for the cairn for photos. Basic GPS gave the same height as the official HP. With Karen.ChrisR18/10/2020
Out and back following tracks from Dunmaglass to the north.rjf3510/08/2020
Walked up on the windfarm road next to the River E. There is lots of space to park on the other side of the bridge to the farm. if you ask, there is no problem at all. This saves a slog from the graveyard parking placeshornet13/07/2020
A long walk from the car park at Coignafern Old Lodge. Solo.Dangerous Dave24/09/2019
From Wester Aberchalder. Ascended by track to Beinn Bhuraich then over the moor. Descended by track beside Aberchalder Burn.davidpettit8401/06/2019
CK SheilaS17/04/2019
R good bike in, dull hill, now a wind farm on top. From Findhorn bridge Richard Tait06/07/2018
From Strathdearn past Coignafearn Lodge and Dalbeg. Lovely glen which feels very remote all the way in until you reach the summit and see diesel generators and telephone mast and multiple wind turbines with their motorway-width access tracks. As others have said, stay with the streams from the end of the track and the ground isn't really too bad.benalder28417/06/2018
From north, track to Dunmaglass. Track is good all the way to the summit, but two diversions at 600m around fords in spate, followed by snow pack cover, prevented me from cycling higher. Showers amounted to much more than predicted by MWIS. A modern cabin at 700m was unlocked.Topographer5720/04/2018
Glorious day. Cycled in from Drumnaglas as far as snow line, then walked. Windfarm road steep in places, tough climbing but very fast descent. Lots of hare, mostly still in winter coats.douglas_easton14/04/2018
map reading nightmare due to the wind turbines roads are there that are not shown on the mapmikebeattie19/09/2017
A nice round from Dalbeg bothy though weather was miserable. Two sections of track and following streams as much as possible meant ground not too bad except for section after main summit. Carn Mhic Lamhair(Ct), Carn na Saobhaide(C), Beinn Bhuraich(Ct), Meall a Bhuailt(Gt) and a diversionon the way back to Carn na Saobraidhe E top.dickscroop30/06/2017
Fourth visit, on TGO Challenge as previously. Wind farm not as intrusive as I'd feared. South to Carn GearresithColin Crawford17/05/2017
From Coignafearn; what an amazingly beautiful valley. Rode the bike up to the bothy, but the landrover track continues up the hill. It seemed that the only sensible thing to do was ride Ďim cowboy. A small amount of pushing and some mildly technical riding got me to the end of the track. Very pleasant, easy walking following the stream up the hill, and only a small number of peat hags to negotiate higher up. Itís not entirely clear that the cairn is at the highest point, so I wandered around a bit just to make sure. Splendid views west, but what a shame itís spoiled by wind turbines. The descent proved the wisdom of putting some effort into the cycling on the way up. Very fast and great fun, and not entirely under control in places.Gill06/05/2017
Parked by telephone box taking tracks almost all the way to Carn Mhic Iamhair, then Carn na Saobhaidhe. Summit of Saobhaidhe very flat with cairn plus the high point and other near-candidates. Continued to Beinn Bhuraich, Meall a'Bhuailt and Beinn Dubhcharaidh, descending N a short way to pitch tent. Fine sunny day made this a surprisingly pleasant route. Easy descent down to the Glen and starting point.RobertP08/04/2017
With James from River Findhorn side.Grinner28/12/2016
Used bikeduchally31/03/2016
Ascended with bikes via the River E and the Corriegarth wind farm, then headed south east to track for descent to the River Findhorn. Lots of snow, which made traversing the peat hags easier but riding tracks impossible.quadbarrel20/03/2016
Ski up from wester Aberchalder a good day untill we reched the summit and the weather close in, decented in the dark was intresting ski with a head troch onNozzer01/02/2015
On the TGOC. Great views from the summit but a bog trot of to the Findhornoatcake14/05/2014
Revisit for 3 Sims and a HuMP. From N, Dunmaglass, big wide track in prep for 35 turbine wind farm, then older track, fording deepish burn 4x before leading almost to summit. Saw the DOBIH notes about 2 summit contenders other than the slightly lower cairn. I found a fourth one (remains of old cairn by little pool) to add to the collection. Back via the 2 Sims and Dubhcharaidh.RHW05/05/2014
GMC meet. With Keith Andersonmike.hoult23/04/2014
cycled from the north B851 to near top of hill at large hut then to summit.robertphillips03/08/2013
From road head w Jenx by the Findhorn. Long walk in via hut at Dalbeg and inc tops of Carn Mhic Iamhair and South top. Followed track up to ice floes Allt Odhar and summit area in wicked snow flurries to top. Clear and picked up all tops, cairn best one but highest near fence. Back out 10 miles same way!nordicstar29/12/2012
With Yeni and Gus. Cold winds but dry weather. Found a hut obviously erected for the beaters "Jubilee Hut". Great place to eat our sarnies and listen to a bit of music. Poor old Gus had a bad ankle so descent was pretty slow.Meagaidh09/11/2012
Linear route as part of TGO Challenge.Gayle15/05/2012
Self and BonnieInvicta1413/09/2009
With Lynsey on TGO Challenge 2009alistairpooler12/05/2009
From the east (Coignafearn old lodge), in a loop approaching from the valley to the south. Fine. Galltywenallt29/04/2009
From the B851 at Dunmaglass.ChrisR20/11/2008
MC JC. From a Landie at about 650m on the Corriegarth Estate. A few black grouse.Martin6601/04/2008