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Creag Leacach


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.
987 m (3238 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.
159 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.
Slabby crag

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
  43   Braemar & Blair Atholl

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

Creag Leacach is effectively a summit on the winding south-west ridge of Glas Maol, the flanks of the ridge being steep rocky slopes.

The summit ridge is the normal access route from Glas Maol with a dry stone wall defining the route between the summits.

Creag Leacach can also be ascended following the path from the A93 road to the col between Meall Gorm (759m) and the SW top (943m) of Creag Leacach.

Hazards you may encounter on Creag Leacach include
 Steep slopes on or near ascent routes.
 Stony/rocky Slopes on or near ascent routes.
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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Cairn Bannoch
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Creag Leacach Area Map
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The summary information of one or more ascent routes that include Creag Leacach.

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 Routes that include Creag Leacach
  Ascent Distance Time Including... Description Rating
1 562 m 11.58 km 3.5 hrs Glas Maol and Creag Leacach  A short route on easy terrain There steep crags west of Glas Maol and Craig Leacach has steep stoney slopes.  

Pictures submitted by members on the summit of Creag Leacach

 Baggers Gallery for Creag Leacach

Enjoying the views from the summit

© Claire Cassidy

Image by Claire Cassidy

Me at the summit on a windy but great day!

© Claire Cassidy

Image by Claire Cassidy

At the summit of Creag Leacach as part of the east gleshee 6 on a misty day 9/6/12

© Stuart Mcgeown

Image by Stuart Mcgeown

Creag Leacach summit just ahead

© James Corrigan

Image by James Corrigan
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Recently Climbed By
Graham Neish on 30 Nov 2019
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Post a few words about Creag Leacach or read what others have had to say.

James Corrigan
wrote on
September 22, 2012
Continuation South East from Glas Maol heading towards a Cairn and the start of the dry stane dyke that leads all the way to the summit.This hill is surprisingly rocky for the area.Some great views of the Cairnwell hills from here which don`t look as damaged as they do when on them.
Stephen Harte
wrote on
November 28, 2009
Walked with my dog Susie from Auchavan taking in Monamenach over Black Hill to Mallrenhaskein and up onto Carn Ait and along to Creag Leachach. The first part of the day was clear but very cold with lots of snow above 800m. The snow made walking a little more difficult but also very interesting. The weather deteriorated as the day progressed visibility reduced to less than 3m and more snow appeared making life quite unpleasant. Completed the walk by continuing to Glas Moal, Little Glas Moal then followed the path down to Shanovan Hill and on to Tulchan Lodge back to Auchavan.
Chris Bowles
wrote on
April 11, 2007
This hill can mark the beginning of a rewarding outing where 6 Munro's can be collected quite comfortably, to do this though it would be best if you had two cars or a car and bike. The initial climb up this hill is probably the hardest part of the day, with the remainder being a high-level walk with very little re-ascent, I don't think one drops below 800m. Some fien views can be had as well. The whole route from Creag Leacach to Carn an Tuirc (6 peaks) and a 5km bike ride took just over 6 hours.

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 Route Write-Ups
  Date Title Written by Including...
1 22 Feb 2010 Around Glen Shee George Greszczuk Creag Leacach, Glas Maol, Cairn of Claise, Carn an Tuirc, Carn Aosda, Carn a' Gheoidh and The Cairnwell Not Yet Rated
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