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TP2891 - Dun Garbh
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OSGB36 trig archive spreadsheet - IW
Dun GarbhNH54/13NH54S013253314.39824127.12283.8292PILLAR01/06/1955101/08/1957N0

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There are 11 photos for this trigpoint (view album).

This trigpoint:
Is ranked joint 1454th with 22 other trigs (more).
Has a mean score of 6.78/10 (from 9 logged visits)
Was First logged: 22nd Mar 2006
Was Last logged: 14th Mar 2019

Of the 9 logged visits,
4 recorded a location and of these....

All were within 12m
The average error was 9m
The closest was 7m

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Selection of photos for this Pillar.


view from S8175 - Dun Garbh
By Clochandighter
view to S8175
By Clochandighter
S8175 - Dun Garbh
By Clochandighter
Trig with stunning view over Loch Ness
By spidym
The correct Flush Bracket as entered on site
By spidym
See 4 more in the album.

Logged Visits:

Good condition 14th Mar 2019  20:11  by Chalky

FB Number: S8175  Condition: Good  Score: 8/10

Spider centre open no cap or plug

Slightly damaged 10th Apr 2017  12:21  by BigJ

Gridref: NH 53318 24133   FB Number: S8175  Condition: Slightly damaged  Score: 9/10

First of all, read Clochandigher's excellent description of the minor road used to gain access to the area. Be warned, it's even worse now, if that's possible. Spent a bit of time exploring various ascent options but due to the river and steep bits of rock, decided on the approach via the track and bridge. Parked at Balchraggan and spoke to a nice old gentleman who invited us in for a cup of tea before we started. He also had an eight year old tup who thought it was a dog. But I digress. We declined the tea but listened to his suggestions of a possible route. We followed the forestry road heading south and crossed the marked bridge. Shortly thereafter, we turned right across the open field, just passed the wooden house, and entered the wood. We followed an old overgrown track through the trees for a while but when it turned downhill, we decided to head up the ridge on the left. There followed an adventurous route up through a mixture of birch, heather, rocky bluffs and dead bracken. Distance wise it wasn't too far but it seemed to take ages. Deer tracks are OK but they don't always lead to the summit. Eventually we crested the final rise and there it was. And what a view. All the way up Loch Ness and all the way down. Well worth the effort. To descend we cut straight down east heading for the gothic castle at Dirichurachan. We had to bash through some dense forest but eventually popped out on to the marked track. Easy walk back to the car. After refusing another cup of tea, we set off back along the so called public road and reached flat tarmac in no time at all. With Nozzer.


Good condition 10th Apr 2017  12:14  by nozzer

Gridref: NH 53316 24115   FB Number: S8175  Condition: Good  Score: 9/10

Visited with Big J

Good view down Loch Ness©nozzer

Good condition 23rd Jul 2011  19:49  by coinea

Gridref: NH 53316 24117   FB Number: S8175  Condition: Good  Score: 8/10

Good condition 23rd Jul 2011  19:47  by Clochandighter

Gridref: NH 53317 24119   FB Number: S8175  Condition: Good  Score: 8/10

Finding a suitable safe approach for a starting point was the first challenge. Approaches from the south, west and north were all thwarted by rivers and sheer cliff faces. Then decided east was the only safe way in. The first challenge was to drive the steep multi hairpin road heading northeast (inland) from Inverfarigaig. I am used to driving lengthy single track roads but this was something else! Further on, the surface was breaking up, and anything over 20mph on the straights would have risked damaging the car. Parked on verge at NH588294 (Balchraggan). Followed mapped track south then southwest, via bridge at NH544246. Continued to open field surrounding eccentric modern looking `castle` at Dirichirachan. Into woods at NH537238, random route NW through trees then up rocky faced, head high fern clad slopes. Managed to climb the wrong rocky `dun` Then found that these deep ferns between duns were cluttered with rotting fallen trees, making progress though the rocks very difficult to negotiate. Got to the pillar eventually having finally approached it from the NE. The reward was a stunning 360 panoramic view which includes a good length of Loch Ness. Pillar with some moss coverage but in good condition. Spider centre open. Flush bracket faces 353 (N). Vented through south sight hole. Tried to opt for simpler route back, became disorietated in the woods and used compass and GPS for a quick route back to the field south.

S8175 - Dun Garbh & GRP
view from S8175 - Dun Garbh Loch Ness
view from S8175 - Dun Garbh that `castle`
view from S8175 - Dun Garbh the parking spot
view to S8175 Dun Garbh from the parking spot.
S8175 - Dun Garbh pillar & FB

Slightly damaged 23rd Nov 2007  12:00  by peregrinus

FB Number: S8175  Condition: Slightly damaged  Score: 8/10

Shallow horizontal crack at half height. Largeish cairn adjacent. No cap or plug. Fine little summit, fine view of Loch Ness. Approach from S simpler than expected, with makeshift bridge of fallen trees spanning the burn, and small area of plantation putting up little resistance.

Good condition 11th Apr 2006  19:30  by spidym

FB Number: S8175  Condition: Good  Score: 7/10

Again left this far too late. However this time managed to bag it. Nightmare of a climb due to so many fallen trees while climbing the hill and navigated without map and of course GPS useless in the trees. There is also the fact that you have to go so far round just to find the bridge crossing the river. Was getting dark on way back so thought "what the heck " just walk through the river as cant be that deep. Well it was up to my waist. Be warned ,use the bridge even on the way back! PS for some reason the site reckons the flush bracket number is wrong ,however see pics.

The correct Flush Bracket as entered on site For some reason this appears as wrong on site
Trig with stunning view over Loch Ness

Unreachable but visible 7th Apr 2006  17:00  by spidym

FB Number: NONE  Condition: Unreachable but visible  Score: 2/10

Left this one until a little too late. Got there and seemed a nice day until started snowing (heavy) so didnt fancy crossing river and having to change clothes in the snow. Will be back sometime soon to try again

Unreachable but visible 22nd Mar 2006  15:30  by Allymac

FB Number: Not logged  Condition: Unreachable but visible  Score: 2/10

I attempted this in a snowstorm which gradually grew so bad I had to turn back having got within 700m of the trig. Wise move as the single-track road I followed to get to the base of the hill was closed shortly after I departed for the warmth of home. I'll attempt this again in better weather.

The last view of the hill before the whiteout.

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