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Cac Carn Beag (Lochnagar)


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.
1155 m (3789 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.
21 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.
Pass of the small cairn (Little noisy loch)

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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  44   Ballater, Glen Clova & surrounding area

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

The mountain Lochnagar with its three peaks curves around a massive corrie with impressive cliffs enclosing the loch of the same name, Lochnagar.

Cac Carn Beag the highest summit lies to the NW, Cuidhe Crom (1083m) to the SE and Meikle Pap (980m) to the NE (giving the classic view of the cliffs).

To the W of Cac Carn Beag are cliffs overlooking Loch nan Eun and there are crags to the N. To the SW is high moorland connecting to Carn a' Choire Bhoidheach

Hazards you may encounter on Cac Carn Beag 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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Cairngorms * Monadhliath
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East Highlands
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The summary information of one or more ascent routes that include Cac Carn Beag.

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 Routes that include Cac Carn Beag
  Ascent Distance Time Including... Description Rating
1 1600 m 27.65 km 8.5 hrs Cac Carn Beag, Carn a' Choire Bhoideach and Carn an t-Sagairt Mor  Lochnagar is a classic mountain with its deep corrie and steep cliffs, yet this is an easy route on paths. The other two peaks on this route are little more than high points on an undulating moorland plateau, therefore, this route is really a long walk!  

Pictures submitted by members on the summit of Cac Carn Beag

 Baggers Gallery for Cac Carn Beag

24th April 2016

© Oliver Bartrum

Image by Oliver Bartrum

Jorja checking another summit indicator for accuracy. Or something. June 2015.

© Scott Blair

Image by Scott Blair

On the way up to Lochnagar a great day out

© Dave Dickson

Image by Dave Dickson

My 6 year old Nephew Jacob's first Munro and also first person to the summit on Easter Sunday 2011.

© Roy Simpson

Image by Roy Simpson
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Sophie Easton-mckenzie
wrote on
October 17, 2012
We set off from the Spittle of Glen Muick and followed the route to Lochnagar. I struggled with a little with my knee and the steep incline up the ladder but the view was worth the pain. The weather was so clear we could see for miles. From Lochnagar we started to hear the rutting stags, we couldn't see them by could hear they were close by. We headed west from Lochnagar to Carn a'Choire Bhoideach- the path to the cairn at the top of the summit could easily be missed so don't get too caught up in deep conversation, like we did! From there we headed to Carn an t-Sagairt Mor- the path runs round the side of the summit untill it takes a right towards the summit, there are 2 cairns, the first one is not the top! There's debris of an RAF plane scattered around the sides. We headed off the beaton track to Dubh Loch which was very difficult underfoot, very boggy and rocky, knee deep in mud. At this point we were then interrupted by a herd of 20+ stags who ran 100m in front of us -> Loch Muick
Sc Joss
wrote on
August 3, 2009
This group of hills can be climbed from the balmoral side. Care is required not to get lost in the balmoral forest but the paths are clearly marked on the map. Climb via the Prince's stone and then directly on to first munro. This does miss out Meikle pap but the Balmoral Forest is superb and fine views are afforded on the ascent. We went on to do Cairn Bannoch and Broad Cairn, before taking in carn t'Sagairt Mor and then descending back to the Balmoral forest. (9.5 hours) It may not be quicker than the circuit of Loch Muick when doing 5 but it is for Lochnagar alone and saves on driving.
Alan Cantwell
wrote on
July 24, 2008
I climbed all 3 of these in one (roasting hot) day with my 9 year old grandson and 2 border collies, it was a fantastic day out but I must admit a bit far for my grandson in the heat. Once your at high level the going is relatively easy but be aware that the ascent from Carn an Sagairt Mor towards Dubh Loch is difficult going through the boulders and bog, my collies were struggling at times!!
Hetty Porter
wrote on
June 16, 2008
We started from the Spittal of Glenmuick car park, and walked up the Lochnagar Path. We got to the ridge between Cac Carn Mor and the Meikle Pap, and were hit with horizontal hailstones, so we didn't climb the Pap, but once the poor weather passed, we were rewarded with stunning views of the sheer crags of Lochnagar and the lochan itself. We climbed Cac Carn Mor by scrambling up from the ridge that overlooks the lochan and walked to the peak of Lochnagar along the tops of the crags. From the summit, we were able to see for miles around, before the weather started to close in on us. On our way back down, we followed the Glas Allt all the way down to Loch Muick, past the spectacular waterfalls. We walked along the loch's Northern coast, down the East coast, and followed the Loch Muick path back up to the car park.
Albert Morgan
wrote on
May 15, 2007
Lochnagar was my first Munro, in 1966 at the tender age of fourteen I climbed to the top with a party from Summerhill School Aberdeen. Something else happened that year that we are never allowed to forget the only difference being I have repeated my feat many times which is more than the other lot have done (HA HA).

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