Hill: Creagan a'Chaise
Date: Friday 13th November 2009
Company: Myself and Beinn
Time: 2hrs 25mins
Dog friendly: Yes
Having ascended Carn a Ghille Chearr last year, this morning saw a return to the Cromdale hills to ascend its neighbour Creagan a'Chaise.
One hour after setting off from home, we arrived at Milton in Strath Avon (NJ141248).
Parking on verge at Milton:
We went through the gate and followed the landrover track. After a couple of hundred metres we crossed the Milton burn and then took the left track.
Looking towards 698m top of Creagan a'Chaise:
There are numerous holes alongside the track and on the hillside. I assume these are rabbit burrows?
Who lives here?:
View towards Tomintoul:
The metal hut is marked on the 1:25000 map as "Bothy". Not one I would fancy staying in.
We followed the landrover track to its end at 440m. After that, thankfully a track continued right up to the wide ridge.
Carn a Ghille Chear and Ben Rinnes:
The upper slopes of the hill are covered in light-green lichen, which is quite slidy to walk on. I assume this is why this hill is frequented by reindeer. Unfortunately, we didn't see any today.
On reaching the ridge the large summit cairn is very obvious.
Distant summit cairn of Creagan a'Chaise:
The summit cairn has to be one of the biggest I have seen on a Scottish Hill (rivals Mount Blair and Beinn Mholach). In comparison though, this cairn is very well-built.
Large summit cairn and trig point:
There is a small plaque round the side of the cairn which states, "Jubilee Cairn Erected 1887 God Save the Queen". There is also a small tupperware container with a notebook and pencil for you to record your visit.
Jubilee Cairn (Erected 1887):
I ascended the cairn but it was definitely too hard for Beinn. Getting down was
definitely trickier than going up.
Beinn from top of Jubilee Cairn:
Grantown on Spey is clearly visible from the summit. The baker there is well worth a visit!