Rocktype UNKNOWN
Altitude 417m a.s.l
Faces N

Gillaval Dubh © Iain Thow

Summit of this hill

This summit has been climbed in 3 logbooks.

Hill features

6 buttresses of excellent gneiss, although with some vegetation. Steepish scrambling angle, although a couple of poor harder climbs were done high on the left in the 1950s. C and D Buttresses are particularly good, A is very varied, while E & F are short but still fun. B has been climbed but is awful, short blank vertical walls forcing you out onto very steep grass. Further left, beyond the summit of Giolabhal Glas, is the 80m Lochan Crag, with a slabby left side and shorter craglets both right and left.

Approach notes

Park just across the bridge below the main crag, which is unmistakeable above. If approaching Lochan Crag from below follow the south bank of the Skeaudale River for about 1.5km, then slant left up a heather rake until beyond a lower tier of smaller crags. Lochan Crag is above, marked by a prominent pinnacle on the skyline at its left edge. If coming in over the summit of Giolabhal Glas, the top of Lochan Crag is marked by two lochans on the ridge top NE of the summit.

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Scrambles and Easy Climbs on this hill

Climb name Grade
1 Giolabhal Glas
summit 3
2 Nosing about D 1
3 Gillaval Dubh summit
summit 1
4 A Buttress 2 * 1
Climb name Grade
5 C Buttress 3 *** 2
6 D Buttress 3 ** 1
7 E Buttress 1 1
8 F Buttress 3 1
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