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Ciste Dhubh


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.
979 m (3211 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.
173 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.
Black chest

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
  33   Loch Alsh, Glen Shiel & Loch Hourn

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

Ciste Dhubh lies within a group of Munros to the N of Loch Cluanie in Glen Shiel and is a craggy mountain with many steep and difficult slopes.

To the N of the summit are a number of short steep ridges (SW, N, NE and E) but only the longer S ridge to An Cnapach (877m) is normally used for ascent.

Normal routes are on the S face of An Cnapach from Bealach a' Choinich or from the path in An Caorann Mor up the E face to the S ridge.

Hazards you may encounter on Ciste Dhubh include
 Steep slopes on or near ascent routes.
 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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Ordnance Survey digital maps are also available to members.

 Weather & OS Maps
North West Highlands
by MWIS (PDF format)
West Highlands
by Met Office
Ladhar Bheinn
by Metcheck
Ciste Dhubh Area Map
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The summary information of one or more ascent routes that include Ciste Dhubh.

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 Routes that include Ciste Dhubh
  Ascent Distance Time Including... Description Rating
1 1875 m 12.61 km 6 hrs Ciste Dhubh and Am Bathach  Easy ascent and ridge walk to rocky top.  

Pictures submitted by members on the summit of Ciste Dhubh

 Baggers Gallery for Ciste Dhubh

Peace on Ciste Dhubh summit !

© Andrew Jackson

Image by Andrew Jackson

Karl and myself on summit,(27.3.10).

© Mark Thomson

Image by Mark Thomson

Me at the top of Ciste Dhubh

© chris mackinnon

Image by chris mackinnon

Ciste Dhubh, 4th munro of an absolutely superb day out. 7th June 09

© Colin Fridge

Image by Colin Fridge
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Recently Climbed By
Kenny Mcneill on 09 Nov 2019
David Cullen on 28 Sep 2019
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Daniel Carter on 20 May 2019
Nigel Rooke on 12 May 2019
ken walker on 12 May 2019
Nick Waddell on 30 Apr 2019

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Am Bathach and Ciste Dhubh
by Alasdair Cairns
Ciste Dhubh
by Neil Cuthbert
Ciste Dhubh
by Philip McLoone
Ciste Dhubh
by Kenny Mcneill

Post a few words about Ciste Dhubh or read what others have had to say.

Gus Stewart
wrote on
May 17, 2010
This Munro should only be climbed via Am Bathach which in itself is a very pleasant walk. The alternative route at lower lever is very boggy and is best avoided. The extra effort required scaling Am Bathach " out and in " is well worth while and the views of The Shiel Ridge and its 7 peaks are spectacular.
Craig Dunderdale
wrote on
May 5, 2007
The ridge up to Ciste Dhubh was better than I thought it would be, as can be seen from my photo. Personally you may as well do all 4 in one outing as walk this far and do 1. If you want to do all 4 but can't get a lift to the East end, how about biking in from Morvich to Glenlicht House.
Victor Young
wrote on
January 4, 2005
This is not a "cool" munro to do because it is difficult to link up with "5" others to make a good days bagging and it has along walk in ! But its really great if you go via the green grassy slopes of Am Bathach straight off the A87 which is "almost" a Munro itself. The day we did it (Sept 2003) it was howling a gale and we ended up simply lying face down near the top of Am Bathach spread-eagled laughing at the shape of each others face in the wind ! But it is one lovely mountain and I climbed with too much whisky perhaps from the night before and the fear that Yvonne would and I wouldn't

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