Name:Sgurr a' Chaorainn
Hill number:1359
Height:760.6m / 2495ft
SMC/RHB Section:18B: Sunart and Ardgour
Topographical area:HW22 Dhomhnuill-garbh
Catchment:Linnhe, Catchment Boundaries, Sunart
Watershed:Greater Loch Linnhe
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Simm, Graham, Yeaman
Grid ref:NM 89502 66194
Summit feature:boulder 1m SW of cairn
Col:556m  NM902665  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 40
(1:25k) 391
Survey:Leica NA730/Leica GS15
Survey of Sgurr a'Chaorainn.pdf
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Sgurr Dhomhnuill, Sgurr a' Chaorainn and Beinn na h-Uamha with John and Jon (and Alfie the retriever). Traverse from Ariundle Forest car park to Sallachan (car on either side). Bigger day than anticpated with some steep rough terrain - particularly the drop off Sgurr na h-Ighinn where we dropped about 100m to find we couldn't find a route down through the crags, so had to reascend to the top to find another route down. Expected duration was arounds 8h - but we got back to Sallochy after 9h 20min, with head torches on. Tough day.mproudfoot04/11/2023
From Ariundle.hils13/10/2023
see log for Beinn na h-Uamhacarole engel16/08/2023
From Ariundle - with Dangerous Dave & Jill.ger02/08/2023
From Ariundle with Jill & Reg.Dangerous Dave02/08/2023
4/4 After Beinn na h-Uamha on point-to-point from Corran to Scotstown. Summit in the clag. Good going, has been a dry spring. Afterwards, down to bealach with Sgurr na h-Ian, then rising traverse to ridge and down to the mines. Another rising traverse to Belsgrove lochans, then on to Polloch road and down to cottage. Rounsfell26/05/2023
Sgurr a' Chaorainn & Beinn na h-Uamha from the Ariundle CP. Through the NNR to the old Lead mines. Up to Druim Leac a' Sgiathain, then contoured around Sgurr na h-Ighinn using deer trods to reach Sgurr a' Chaorainn, then on to Beinn na h-Uamha. Reversed the route to get back. 7hrs.summitter27/02/2023
TREVOR SHAWdonmeister03/04/2022
From Ighinn and on to Sgurr na Laire, loving the inversion.sclater18/12/2021
From Beinn na h-Uamha. Very pleasant mostly grassy broad ridge, some zig-zagging to maintain height and avoid outcrops. Straightforward rocky then grassy ascent. Descent initially south, then east, to south side of Coire na Laire, grassy, not too steep or uneven. Picked up the ATV track which led to the easy river crossing and directly to the main track back to Sallachan. Strong unrelenting sunshine behind me, thought it best just to get on with it, made good time back to the car.Owen B30/05/2021
With: hb; From Bealach Mam a'Bhearna up NW then W ridge. Returned back to bealach then contoured around Sgurr na h-Ighinn before descending to wildcamp in upper Allt Feith Dhomhnuill.Ian Baines19/05/2021
Followed SMC book route from Ariundle to old lead mines then along ridge to west of the hill, on a hot day - much more tiring hill than map would suggest (though bike might help first 2-3km). Returned more south-ish to Strontian Glen, which I would recommend as the route up as well.willyross14/08/2020
Overnighter, camped by the lead mines and came up via Sgùrr na h-Ighinn, then back to Ariundle by the glen.Grinner18/07/2020
An interesting variant on standard routes. Start along Glen Gour, climb Beinn na h-Uamha, then head along the very good twisty turny ridge to climb Sgurr a'Chaorainn. Ridiculously steep descent S to the small plateau below, then down Coire na Laire, steep at first, then easy. The walk out was a bit grim. The path on the 1:25K map is a horrid, stony bog fest. The lower ATV track is little better but leads to a ford and the land rover track. This too is awful, stony, up and down and with horrible deep water splashes at every dip. It improves a bit once you get to the trade route up BnU but the long walk out is character-forming..Gill20/10/2019
During a solo week in Ardgour & Sunart. Did the courteous thing & contacted the local estate office giving detailed proposed route in effort to avoid any stalking. The dubious reply started with 'it would be best for us...if you could avoid planning to take access during this 8 week period...' before grudgingly asking me to stick to paths & ridges. Went out on the hill anyway. From the nature reserve to the lead mine & then up Druim Leac a' Sgiathain as far as the lochan, traversed the slope using a faint path to the col under Sgurr a'Chaorainn. Ascent of slope much rougher than it looked. Then followed the rough ridge to Beinn na h-Uamha. Back by the same route: a tough day. Didn't see any stalkers or anybody else. Probably a bit easier to start at mast on road N of Strontian.NotReallyABagger01/10/2019
From tent in Glen Gopur first to coll between tops then Sgurr na Laire (Gt) then Sgurr Charainn (G). A short day and much pleasanter going than previous day on AS side of Glen Gourdickscroop28/10/2018
CK SheilaS10/08/2018
G and Aarthurwhittaker21/04/2018
Wintery traverse from Ariundle to Sallachan over Chaorainn and Uamha, with Dave B.amswanston26/11/2017
A great, but long and hard day from Strontian in brilliant weather. great views of all the hills for many miles around. Great bird song in the Strontian Glen woods.IanHHill25/05/2017
From Ariundle. Previous trip had failed due to swollen rivers so glad to bag it this time.NormanW10/05/2017
7 of 7: From Sgurr nan Cnamh.ChrisR29/08/2016
Did after Beinn na h-Uamha. Took bike from Sallachan to approx 925646 but wouldn't do so again as the track was very rough. Had to get off several times.duchally02/08/2016
Beinn na h-Uamha, Sgurr a'Chaorainn, Sgurr na Laire from Sallachan via the pleasant Glen Gour on a warm sunny day. Encountered an adder on the path on the return.RobertP26/05/2016
From Arundle car park (10:20) cycled up track to 855654 (near ruin by river)(10:50). Climbed to upper track & old mine, then up ridge over Sg na h-Iguinn (12:50), down to col and up to Sg Dhomhnuill (13:25). Lovely day, fine views. Returned to col then descended E down steep grassy slope keeping R of burn to cross glen. Then traversed L, then up to col & broad rocky ridge to quartzite cairn on B na h-Uamha (15:45). Retraced steps westward and traversed Sg a Chaorainn (17:05), descending WNW down to col. Down SW to glen and followed river back to bike (18:40) and car (19:10). Fabulous long day in glorious weather with views to outer Hebs & Schiehallion.dbb14/06/2015
Ariundle - lead mine - Sgurr Dhomhnuill - Sgurr na h-Ighinn - Sgurr a' Chaorainn - Beinn na h-Uamha - contour around Sgurr a' Chaorainn - Glen Strontian - Ariundledavidpettit8405/04/2015
From Beinn na h-Uamha. Pleasant stroll along the ridge, descent along Glen Gour.MichaelF16/09/2014
BK. Sallachain (Loch Linnhe), Glen Gour, Beinn na h'Uamha, Sgurr a'Chaorainn, Sgurr na Laire & return tho' Gln Gour. Fine cold mountain day.Vin25/11/2013
From Sgurr Dhomhnuill, reached summit at 1615, back down west ridge and on down to Strontian river and eventually rejoining the track back to Ariundle.Topographer5711/10/2013
From Beinn na'Uamha, over transverse rockbands,knolls and hollows. A Golden Eagle circled and we had a view from Cruachan to a snow-plastered Kintail. On a Sallachan to Strontian traverse- the 0930 bus to Fort William bus makes the logistics easy but this is rough country and even the right of way over the col below looked to have a long pathless section. A beautiful woodland finishpwheeler24/05/2013
beinn na h uamha and squrr a chaorainn cycled along glen gour.robertphillips03/03/2013
R Rup after Dhomhnuill poor weather Richard Tait08/09/2012
Backpack through Ardgour, glenfinnan to coran ferry w Jenx, one midgey night outnordicstar24/08/2008
Beinn na h-Uamha NM 918664), Sgurr Dhomhnuill (NM 890678) & Carn Nathrach (NM 886698) S/F NN018684 Calm, warm and sunny, occasional showers, cloudbase >3000', broken. Overnight camp at NM923690 before and after ascents. Also Graham Sgurr a Chaorainn NM 895662 (Note added April 16)John Young01/04/2004
Dropped off at Sallachan, up Glen Gour, over Beinn na h-Uamha and Sgurr a' Chaorainn and walked out to Strontian.Galltywenallt17/03/2002
Solo, 15-mile walk fr Sallachan on coast over 2 hills to Strontian, must have got bus one way. Overcast but dry, with views.NorfolkPT2125/07/2000
Solo HFB24/07/2000
On the TGO ChallengeBLACKHILL15/05/1999
from Uamha. Trudge downhill finding an easier route than on ascent and 700' up to top at 16.45. At car 14m; 9 1/2hrs.arranc14/06/1998
Round of Sgurr nan Cnamh, Beinn na h-Uamha, Sgurr a'Chaorainn, Sgurr na h-Ighinn, Sgurr Dhomhnuill and Druim Garbh from Shiel lane to Resourie.Eddie08/09/1996
Corbett bagging: Sgurr Dhomhnuill, Carn na Nathrach and Beinn na h-Uamha (plus this one) RHW25/05/1991
And again on:- 25-05-2015,RichardM13/05/1990
Ascended after leaving Sgurr Dhommhnuill. Descended to Corran down Glen Gour.JohnW31/07/1983
Jill Robertson02/08/2023