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An Caisteal


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.
995 m (3264 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.
147 of 282 Munros
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.
The castle

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.

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  50   Glen Orchy & Loch Etive

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

The summit of An Caisteal lies at the intersection of two long ridges, N to Sron Gharbh (709m) and NNW ridge to Stob Glas (710m).

From the A82 in Glen Falloch a track follows the River Falloch into Coire Earb which makes the N ridge from Sron Garbh over the Twistin Hill the easiest and most common access route. However the NNW ridge to Stob Glas offers an alternative access route.

To the SW An Caisteal meets Beinn Chabhair at a broad bealach and to the SE it connects to Beinn a' Chroin via a high col. A ascent from Coire Earb is possible to the latter col.

Hazards you may encounter on An Caisteal include
 Crags on or near ascent routes.
 Crags near summit.
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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An Caisteal Area Map
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The summary information of one or more ascent routes that include An Caisteal.

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 Routes that include An Caisteal
  Ascent Distance Time Including... Description Rating
1 1123 m 14.50 km 5 hrs An Caisteal and Beinn a' Chroin  An easy day initially on grass, but with some rocky tops higher up.  

Pictures submitted by members on the summit of An Caisteal

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Coming down a trecherous An Caisteal.

© Martin Grady

Image by Martin Grady

An Caisteal and Me

© peter palinkas

Image by peter palinkas

at the top of Beinn a' Caisteal

© Alexander McMillan

Image by Alexander McMillan

wee colin&me top of beinn a'chroin

© Colin Mochan

Image by Colin Mochan
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Ross Morley-trapnell
wrote on
March 28, 2012
Completed this walk on the route shown on here. On reflection I think that doing Beinn a'Chroin first may have been a better option. I say this as I think that to walk in via Coire Earb would give you a better sense of the scale of these two mountains, we also would have been happier with a long (at times) boggy walk at the start rather than at the end. We had a glorious sunny day to walk this route but on the tops the wind was very strong and cold, great views all around.
Douglas Hazlie
wrote on
July 24, 2011
Climbed on a glorious sunny day, not a cloud in the sky. Typical Scottish hill walking day!!! Quite boggy coming back along Coire Earb as others have commented. Great walk between An Caisteal and Beinn a' Chroin. Bit of scrambling involved in a couple of places but easy enough.
mackenzie barker
wrote on
August 13, 2008
Missed the route up to Sron Gharb so I got my GPS to do the route backwards. A really wet, boggy, ankle deep walk, throught the glen. followed the river falloch until we hit waterfall and then started up Stob Glas Bheag. Tough going but made it and it was nice to walk on solid ground, locals told me it'd rained everyday for the past three weeks. got to the first top then over to Bienn a'Chroin stopped for some lunch then continued to Bealach Buidhe then along the ridge to An Baisteal. The walk down from Sron Gharb was a nightmare I could see why I missed path at the start. There isn't one.
Ian Mitchell
wrote on
November 4, 2007
Climbed An Caisteal & Beinn a Chroin, although at times An Caisteal was shrouded in mist it turned out to be a relatively fine day .Enjoyed the walk between the two summits where you get the chance to put your hand to rock & enjoy fine views of the surrounding hills.However bad idea on my part to go from Derrydarroch farm,found it an hard slog from there to Twisting hill.Once across the bridge at the back of the farm i found no path and its a trudge across very boggy ground followed by a steep climb to join the main path on Twisting hill.Maybe not too bad in the summer but after recent heavy rain both ways of this section of the walk were hard work. The people i met on the day had climbed both these fine summits from the main parking space on the A82 just before Crianlarich.Would liked to have bagged neighbouring Beinn Chabhair but would have run out of daylight so will leave it for another day.
Dave Craik
wrote on
April 30, 2007
Climbed on 29/04/07, great sunny day but a bit windy higher up, followed main track up but missed path up to Sron Ghrabh so had to double back up grass slopes onto top, great views of An Caisteal summit from here and across twisting hill, good hands on climbing onto An Caisteal a steep rocky descend and then a great route onto Beinn a' Chroin, followed path to what I thought was the way down and came across Beinn Tulaichean, just had to be done, followed path from top down onto Stob Glas and down to lower Coire Earb, really boggy path in many parts but worth every minute, approx 7hrs in total.

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 Route Write-Ups
  Date Title Written by Including...
1 24 Oct 2009 Beinn a' Chroin and An Caisteal: The Southern Approach Michael Hill Beinn a' Chroin and An Caisteal
2 01 Feb 2010 An Caisteal Graham Ramsay An Caisteal Not Yet Rated
3 13 Apr 2013 An Caisteal Stuart Wilkinson An Caisteal Not Yet Rated
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