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Carn a' Chuilinn


Quick Facts
This is the height of the mountain above sea level. However, on the climb, it is the ascent that matters, i.e. the sum of all the uphill parts of the route.
817 m (2680 ft)

This is the standard notation used on Ordnance Survey Landranger maps.

Each reference consists of two letters identifying a 100,000 metre square block then three digits defining the Easting and finally the three digits defining the Northing with reference to the South West corner of the block.

NN166712 is the grid reference for the summit of Ben Nevis. Where you are given the map number ( For Ben Nevis = 41) it is acceptable to omit the two initial letters e.g. 166712. (Instructions on how to read the references are given on the OS maps).

Grid Ref.
An indication of this mountains height rank within its class. Where two mountains share the same height they are ordered alphabetically.
128 of 222 Corbetts
The number of ascent routes currently available on Munromagic.
Mountain names are usually in Gaelic, the native language of the Scottish Highlands, or have been derived from the old Scots and Norse languages. We give the most commonly accepted meaning, but accept that some of these are disputed.
Cairn of holly

The UK is covered by 204 Ordnance Survey Landranger 1:50,000 scale maps. Maps numbered 1 to 86 cover Scotland but for the highest mountains (Munros) only 23 maps are required. The name given roughly describes the area covered by the map.

OS Landranger Maps Required
  34   Fort Augustus, Glen Albyn & Glen Roy

A description of the characteristics of the mountain including any hazards of which you should be aware.

Carn a'Chuilinn is craggy ridge on the W margin of a high boggy plateau. Its slopes to the N, W and S are moderate to easy and ascents are possible from Glen Tarff to the S and Glen Doe to the N.

The easiest route in is on the track from Glendoe Lodge, on the B862, SSE through Glen Doe.

Hazards you may encounter on Carn a' Chuilinn include
General Considerations
 Temperature decreases by 1degree C for every 100m of ascent.
 Wind usually increases with altitude.
 Visibility can change markedly with cloud level.
 River/Stream levels can increase markedly in one day.
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Cairngorms * Monadhliath
by MWIS (PDF format)
West Highlands
by Met Office
Beinn a Chaorainn
by Metcheck
Carn a' Chuilinn Area Map
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The summary information of one or more ascent routes that include Carn a' Chuilinn.

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 Routes that include Carn a' Chuilinn
  Ascent Distance Time Including... Description Rating
1 784 m 13.91 km 4.5 hrs Carn a' Chuilinn  Longer route to an easily climbed rocky summit ridge. Not Yet Rated 

Pictures submitted by members on the summit of Carn a' Chuilinn

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Myself and John Donnelly at the Summit Carn a Chuilin 21/10/2012

© David Peden

Image by David Peden

Me and Jack at summit Carn a'Chuillin on a glorious sunny day 29/07/11

© John Donnelly

Image by John Donnelly

Ben on a windy summit of Carn a' Chuilinn. May 2010.

© David McSporran

Image by David McSporran
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Carn a' Chuilinn
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Post a few words about Carn a' Chuilinn or read what others have had to say.

Robert Healey
wrote on
September 29, 2017
The normal approach from Glen Doe is now an environmental disaster. I did this route in September 2017. It is awful. Those who enjoy walking alongside a motorway will like this route; everybody else with any common sense will want to avoid it. A new path has been constructed which detours round a lorry depot, which is its only good point. After that I was subjected to the constant noise of lorry traffic grinding up the incline. If you want to do this hill in peace, I suggest starting at the South East end of Loch Tarff, then taking the path from there. This path ends after about 3½k. After that there is about 5k to the summit, but I suspect it an awful lot more pleasant than the alternative.
John Donnelly
wrote on
October 22, 2012
Done this walk again on Sun 21st Oct. The hydro scheme is now finished and the track/road is open for use from the road. We took bikes in and after a lot of pushing up hill we decided to go on to the hairpin bend at NH43502 04866. From here there is a path that leads up the Coire an t-Seilich. Then head for the rocky summit. This way is not so steep but it is a lot farther in distance.Just over 11 miles. The big difference is the descent. Total time we took was 3hrs 30mins. When we got on bikes we were back at the car in 11 mins. The first time I did this Corbett , 7 miles, 4hrs 20mins.
Colin Armstrong
wrote on
May 26, 2012
Follow Peters advice and you won't have any problems. We met 6-7 vehicles with our Dalmatian on a short lead and the workmen were friendly to a fault.
Peter Sinclair
wrote on
February 29, 2012
28.02.12 Go East approximately 1km from main gate to cattlegrid where access has been provided avoiding the construction yard. Thereafter there was no problem in using the access road to the base of Carn a Chuilinn. There are still construction vehicles using the road (I saw two on the walk in) so a bit of common sense will avoid problems.
David McSporran
wrote on
May 31, 2010
Access to the track at NH402090 is not possible (as at May 2010) as this is the start of the access road to the Glen Doe hydro electric scheme. Large notices advise that there is no access to pedestrians and hillwalkers. Even on a Sunday there was much site activity. Immediately to the left of the sign prohibiting hillwalkers, a gate leads to a field. Follow this field diagonally upwards towards the left of the trees, cross a fence and follow a faint path to the right along the edge of the plantation. This will bring you to another gate which leads back to the track above the construction site.

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