Carn na h-Easgainn: A View of 2 Wind Farms

Jun 10, 2018 | Grahams, Hikes, Scotland's Mountains

This undistinguished hill is relatively uninspiring and at first glance it lacks any real presence. Carn na h-Easgainn is more of a mossy mound of land rather than a ‘hill’ but it can be worth the walk up for a few different reasons.

For what it is, the views from the top are surprisingly extensive and offer a great spot for a picnic or snack. You can also admire the Moy Wind Farm behind you as you ascend, and the Farr Wind Farm straight ahead from the summit. I went up on a particularly windy day so it was great to see the huge turbines in action.

viewpoint from the Graham's summit

It’s a cracking little walk if you’ve got young kids or live nearby and simply want to take your dog out on a slightly more challenging stroll.

 

Contents


Graham Climbed


Carn na h-Easgainn – 617 metres (2024 ft) – pronounced CARN-NA-HISKIN

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Getting There


From Inverness, take the A9 south for about 10 miles (16 km). A couple of minutes after you come off the dual carriageway there’s a right turning for Lynebeg. Take this and head down the single track road and there’s a space for parking just before the cattle grid.

Click here for the exact spot on Google Maps.

Difficulty


1/5

In terms of peak-bagging, this is as easy as it gets. There’s a clear forestry style track all the way to the top making it impossible to get lost.

There are a couple of steep sections but these are short and straightforward.

Duration & Length


Duration: 1 – 3 hours.

Length: 3.92 miles (6.3 km).

Below is my tracked route using the Viewranger App. Click here to see my extensive Viewranger App review.

Viewranger track of hike

The Hike


The hike itself probably couldn’t be more self-explanatory. After you’ve parked up, cross over the cattle grid and head on up the track passing the big house on your right.

Slightly further along there’s a cute little house to the left and from here it’s a relatively steady climb up to the trig point.

track up to the summit

Head straight through the birch forest where you’ll cross a small stream and have probably the day’s steepest climb – although it’s nothing too difficult. Go through the deer fence and beyond this the trail opens up significantly with substantial views in all directions.

deer fence on way up Carn na h-Easgainn

Right before the trig point you’ll reach a T-junction. Ignore this and go straight ahead to the summit. I enjoyed the view of the Farr Wind Farm which was actually a lot closer than I had expected.

Looking north you’ll see the Kessock Bridge and directly south loom the remote and ominous Monadhliath Mountains. This is assuming it’s a clear day, of course!

The size of Farr Wind Farm is made apparent from the summit.

The only real descent back to the starting point is to retrace your steps. Enjoy the views of the Moy Wind Farm straight ahead over Loch Moy.

view of moy wind farm

To Conclude


More of a jaunt than a hike, Carn na h-Easgainn is probably not top of your ‘to hike’ list in Scotland.

This being said, if you happen to be in the area or passing by then it’s definitely worth an hour or two of your time on a sunny day. The mountain is unspectacular but the views from the top aren’t, especially considering it’s only a Graham.

As always, thanks a lot for reading and if you’ve got any stories, questions or things to add then don’t hesitate to write in the comments box below. 🙂

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