Name:Creag Ruadh
Hill number:403
Height:658.8m / 2161ft
RHB Section:05B: Loch Ericht to Glen Tromie and Glen Garry
County/UA:Highland
Catchment:Spey
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Simm, Graham, Yeaman
(Ma,Hu,Tu,Sim,G,Y)
Grid ref:NN 68510 88175
Summit feature:outcrop
Drop:198m
Col:461m  NN722898  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 42
(1:25k) OL51W OL56 394W 402
Observations:cairn 40m NNE at NN 68532 88204 is 0.1m lower
Survey:Abney level/Leica RX1250
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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 315 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
Circuit of Druim nan Sac West Top, Druim nan Sac and Creag Ruadh from layby on A9.clashcityrocker16/04/2024
Parked at Falls of Truim cp and got onto the track above Etteridge to do a round of Druim nan Sac, Creag Ruadh and Druim nan Sac West Top.sclater03/03/2024
From parking area on west side of A9 by Allt Garbh. Up track to approx 580m (short way past grouse butts). Through short heather to another (the same?) track and on to summit.the pigguy 06/11/2023
From layby 98 up the ATV track which we seemed to lose for a while. Regained the track which went within a stone's throw of the summit of Creag Ruadh. Track/path over to Druim nan Sac. Heather and tussocks across to the West Top. Descent south west crossing fence and river. Followed river back out to the road. A very good day with almost perfect summer weather. A bit of sun but also cloud cover. Not too hot, not too cold, little wind, no rain, no midges and no flies.Fife Walking06/08/2023
Alan Black's final Graham with family and Wilsons Walkerslangskill17/06/2023
Track up from A9 layby, easy to follow to summitTrantham Clan26/05/2023
OMC Meet at Milehouse Cottage, Kincraig On the way up Friday afternoon, I parked at layby No 95 on the A9 (NB), walked through gate and up ATV track few metres to the south. The stalkers hut (Dalannach) was locked. Tack disappeared approx at spot height 409m, some heather bashing until I met the ATV track which comes up from the Allt Cuiach side. This lead to the summit, which had good views of Speyside and Meall Chuaich. Loch Ericht looked great, dry and sunny, with a light dusting of snow. I returned the same way, 02:25hrs all in.chillyman810/03/2023
5 of 5: From Druim nan Sac West Top. With Sam.ChrisR12/02/2023
David W's last Graham with Frances, Susie, Jennifer, Andre, Freya, Zoe, Peter; Geoff, Helen, Alison, Reuben, Aoife; Alastair, Katie; Alan, Pam; Elaine, George; Jane; Bob, Maitreya; Marcia; Alan W; Lesley; Gary and Frances; and five dogslangskill22/10/2022
Parked in the southbound lay-by 98 on the A9. Route up as perfectly described by Gill. Added Druim nan Sac and Druim nan Sac W Top to create a perfect circuit. Hill day 31 of 31 before heading home for a rest. Solo.Dangerous Dave26/09/2022
Parked layby 98 S-bound NN 6747 8929. Easy walk up to Creag Ruadh, then nice walk on ridge (atv/trods) to Druim nan Sac and west top. Rougher descentcarole engel17/09/2022
With VARJVIPete2814/06/2022
Circuit of tops from A9thekirkie pirate16/12/2021
Up and down from the A9. Much better day than yesterday!Grinner05/12/2021
Cycled to Loch Cuaich - Meall Chuaich - return to bike - Creag Ruadh by SE face - return.Mark Jackson24/08/2021
With Gary Nicol en route to Carrbridge. Folllowed the SMC guidebook route. Lots of beehives. Overcast day with a short shower on the top. Easy 3 hours.alexmaclennan11/08/2021
From A9 via track and grouse butt tracks.rhalstead27/06/2021
With John. Saw lapwing, meadow pipit, common sandpiper, mountain hares and several golden plovers. Started just after 10, as rain forecast later, but still a bit of drizzle. Top clear. 3 cars in lay-by when we started but lay by full by the time we returned. A grand, short walk. Veryhappybunny20/06/2021
As Bolton, good track. Overcast bu dry.iangalbraith26/09/2020
From A9 along track towards Loch Cuaich, then directly up Meall Chuaich, returning back down to track, crossed river at a ford downstream from dam and directly up Creag Ruadh, descending SW and recrossing the river (nearly dry) below the powerhouse building, returning to A9 along the track.kdbennett09/07/2020
From layby 98. Usual route up ATV track from the gate just south of the stream at the A9. 800th Marilyn. With PJ, AM, DW, JD. Four mountain hares at the summit very conspicuous with only patchy snow. JD suggested walking back to Newtonmore as the weather wasn't as bad as expected, so did that with him + DW. PJ + AM went back by car. 3 miles of heather and soft snow bashing, 1.5 miles down good Land Rover track, 1.5 miles from Phones on tarmac track, then cycle track past Ralia, B9150 to Newtonmore. Wind and rain behind us.Owen B21/02/2020
A good walk on a manky day, short enough to minimise suffering and blissfully easy terrain. From the famous layby 98, which is easy to spot because it's right opposite the first average speed camera after the end of the Crubenmore dual carriageway. Easy walk along a very smooth verge on the A9 to the gate by the Allt Garbh road bridge, then up the south side of the stream on the track. It's very easy to head straight for the hill when the track starts going the wrong way, the going is soooo easy. A nice summit, too.Gill02/11/2019
With Brian R. From the lay-by and through the gate as others. 1hr 30mins up and down. Then to Lidl.Play2End20/10/2019
From lay-by on A9 opposite Cuiach Farm, up track, alongside aqueduct to bridge. Left across field to deer fence and on ATV track then through grouse butts and on to summit.MichaelF21/09/2019
From lay-by 98, through gate to N, along at track to about 490m, then E to summit. Summit cairn half dismantled, I assume to make the small shelter to E.CJM27/02/2019
Layby 98 on the A9 then a gate through the deer fence which is about 300 yds north from the layby. A good ATV track leads most of the way to the summit. The worst part is the short walk along the A9. Solo.bolton13/02/2019
Creag Ruadh, Druim Na Sac W top, Druim Na Sac from A9 (along side of aqueduct), descent via Loch Cuaich.RobertP01/11/2018
Billgarbo110302/04/2018
After Meall Chuaich, alone, in fresh snow, only deep near summit. Sunshine and sunset. Rounsfell01/01/2018
Walked over from Druim nan Sac then descended back to car.187lenny05/11/2017
Along track to the loch, continue through gate, then straight up the hill.nicolajane14/09/2017
Ascended from L/Bay 95 on A9. great views of the valleyNozzer08/04/2017
Weather fair.MountainMac25/03/2017
From a large layby on the 'old A9', at NN 65049 87340. After the tunnel under the A9, a left turn picks up an ATV track which fords the burn, goes through a gate in the deer fence and continues up to above the 500m contour. We saw evidence of the track again later, but it was just as easy to just dead-head for the top. Route and write-up at: http://gayleybird.blogspot.co.uk/2017/03/creag-ruadh-nn685883-658m.htmlGayle07/03/2017
tickchazzyboy1927/02/2017
With EKMC from Dalwhinnie long trudge in following the aqueduct to Loch Cuach where part of the track had collapsed and was flooded. Thankfully the hill was clear on top. Ascended very quickly from the loch side track. Very steep but gained the ridge in minutes.munromurph03/04/2016
Creag Ruadh NN 684882 S/F NN 659876 Short walk up featureless hill. Sunny but very cold with snow showers and high cloud. Both altimeters recorded a much higher ascent than on map, 690 rather than 658 m as on map??John Young01/04/2016
With M, quite a bit of snow. Walk up track followed by entertaining scramble and walk back along river.douglas_easton27/03/2016
Round including Druim nan Sac and Clach Mheal Dubh from near Loch Cruaich after bike in. Late start and just beat rain at end. mainly short heather (grouse moor management) except for crossing and re-crossing of bealach to final summit which was rather boggy in places.dickscroop19/10/2015
Second Graham of day after Creag Liath with Jenx. Parked on A9 and in showery weather straight up hillside to bag the top. Grouse shooting sounded all around but no issues encountered.nordicstar23/09/2015
shortest route from A9 layby 98. 2.25 miles, 55 mins rtn.AndyS31/08/2015
Hill 'run' after dropping kids to Dalguisenix_snilloc18/07/2015
Snow showers on ascent from lay-by at Cuaich, taking the gentle ridge from the power station and continuing over the hill to the head of Loch Cuaich and a lochside return. 3 hour round trip.Phreerunner27/04/2015
With Dave, Vic, Bob, Pete R, Pete C, Steve & Andy. KMRT meet. From Cuiach. My 70th birthday.ngthack07/03/2015
Not often get to wear snowshoes pioneering from vehicle to summit. Strange looks from drivers on A9.Martin R08/12/2014
Leg stretcher on the way to Torridon - good for that purpose only.SS15/06/2014
Detour on the way to Meall a'Chuaich (which I did not summit). Strong wind, snow showers, only occaional views from summit.Topographer5701/02/2013
Solo, straight up from the A9.amswanston08/12/2012
??ancient brit05/09/2012
creag ruadh AM and the fara PM enroute to culra bothy.robertphillips09/03/2012