Creag an Lochain

Hill, Mountain in Sutherland

Scotland

Creag an Lochain

Stream flowing into Loch nan Uan Ben Loyal rising in the distance beyond the outflow. The white speck is a moored boat, probably used for fishing on this high moorland loch below the upper slopes of Ben Klibreck.
Stream flowing into Loch nan Uan Credit: Karl and Ali

Creag an Lochain, located in Sutherland, Scotland, is a prominent hill/mountain that stands at an elevation of approximately 830 meters (2,723 feet). It is situated in the northwest part of the country, near the village of Elphin. The name Creag an Lochain translates to "rock of the little loch," referring to the small lochan (lake) that lies at the base of the hill.

The hill/mountain is a popular destination for hikers and outdoor enthusiasts due to its stunning panoramic views and varied terrain. Creag an Lochain boasts a rocky, craggy landscape, with steep slopes and exposed cliffs, providing a thrilling challenge for climbers and mountaineers. The summit offers breathtaking vistas of the surrounding Scottish Highlands, with its rugged peaks, deep valleys, and vast expanses of moorland.

The area surrounding Creag an Lochain is rich in flora and fauna, with heather-covered hillsides, scattered birch trees, and an abundance of wildlife. Hikers may spot red deer, golden eagles, ptarmigans, and other bird species in their natural habitat.

Access to Creag an Lochain is typically via well-established hiking trails, although the ascent can be demanding due to the steep inclines and rocky terrain. Proper hiking gear and navigation skills are essential. The hill/mountain is often climbed in conjunction with nearby peaks, such as Suilven or Cul Mor, allowing for extended hiking routes and multi-summit adventures.

Overall, Creag an Lochain offers a challenging and rewarding experience for outdoor enthusiasts seeking to immerse themselves in the dramatic and awe-inspiring beauty of the Scottish Highlands.

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Creag an Lochain Images

Images are sourced within 2km of 58.213626/-4.4193298 or Grid Reference NC5727. Thanks to Geograph Open Source API. All images are credited.

Stream flowing into Loch nan Uan Ben Loyal rising in the distance beyond the outflow. The white speck is a moored boat, probably used for fishing on this high moorland loch below the upper slopes of Ben Klibreck.
Stream flowing into Loch nan Uan
Ben Loyal rising in the distance beyond the outflow. The white speck is a moored boat, probably used for fishing on this high moorland loch below the upper slopes of Ben Klibreck.
Climbing the flank of A' Chioch, Ben Klibreck Ali gets some quality aerobic exercise on the steep climb up from Loch nan Uan. Ben Hee is the mountain in the hazy distance.
Climbing the flank of A' Chioch, Ben Klibreck
Ali gets some quality aerobic exercise on the steep climb up from Loch nan Uan. Ben Hee is the mountain in the hazy distance.
Traversing path, Creag an Lochain A fellow summiteer alerted us to the presence of this track which runs south from the col on A' Chioch without necessitating a climb over the Creag. The top of Ben Klibreck is beyond with Ben Loyal on the left skyline.
Traversing path, Creag an Lochain
A fellow summiteer alerted us to the presence of this track which runs south from the col on A' Chioch without necessitating a climb over the Creag. The top of Ben Klibreck is beyond with Ben Loyal on the left skyline.
Descending west off Creag an Lochain The Meall nan Con summit of Ben Klibreck is on the left.
Descending west off Creag an Lochain
The Meall nan Con summit of Ben Klibreck is on the left.
Cairn on outcrop, Ben Klibreck Probably an old stalker's or shepherd's marker on the vast moorland below the mountains upper slopes.
Cairn on outcrop, Ben Klibreck
Probably an old stalker's or shepherd's marker on the vast moorland below the mountains upper slopes.
Bog and peat banks The area of wetness lies on a ridge rising to Carn an Fheidh and Creag an Lochain both of which are parts of the greater mountain, Ben Klibreck, the summit of which is seen distantly.
Bog and peat banks
The area of wetness lies on a ridge rising to Carn an Fheidh and Creag an Lochain both of which are parts of the greater mountain, Ben Klibreck, the summit of which is seen distantly.
South top of Creag an Lochain Creag an Lochain, part of Ben Klibreck, has two tops; the one seen here is the lower, southern top. The view is from a shoulder of Creag an Lochain, Carn an Fheidh.
South top of Creag an Lochain
Creag an Lochain, part of Ben Klibreck, has two tops; the one seen here is the lower, southern top. The view is from a shoulder of Creag an Lochain, Carn an Fheidh.
Grassed summit area of Creag an Lochain Creag an Lochain has two tops; this is the higher, northern one. Creag an Lochain is part of the greater mountain, Ben Klibreck the highest point of which, Meall nan Con, is seen in the image.
Grassed summit area of Creag an Lochain
Creag an Lochain has two tops; this is the higher, northern one. Creag an Lochain is part of the greater mountain, Ben Klibreck the highest point of which, Meall nan Con, is seen in the image.
Slope below A' Chioch A' Chioch is a narrower section of the otherwise fairly broad ridge connecting Creag an Lochain with Meall nan Con, the highest point of Ben Klibreck, which is the cone in the image.
Slope below A' Chioch
A' Chioch is a narrower section of the otherwise fairly broad ridge connecting Creag an Lochain with Meall nan Con, the highest point of Ben Klibreck, which is the cone in the image.
Stalkers path to Loch a' Bhealaich
Stalkers path to Loch a' Bhealaich
Stalkers path above Loch a' Bhealaich
Stalkers path above Loch a' Bhealaich
Allt Choire nan Con
Allt Choire nan Con
On the slopes of Creag an Lochain
On the slopes of Creag an Lochain
Ben Klibreck from The Crask An early winter scene on the A836.
Ben Klibreck from The Crask
An early winter scene on the A836.
Loch a' Bhealaich, Sutherland View of Loch a' Bhealaich from Creag na h-Iolaire.  To the left are the southern slopes of Ben Klibreck.
Loch a' Bhealaich, Sutherland
View of Loch a' Bhealaich from Creag na h-Iolaire. To the left are the southern slopes of Ben Klibreck.
Ben Klibreck across Loch Choire from Ben Armine
Ben Klibreck across Loch Choire from Ben Armine
Peat Bog on the Western Flanks of Ben Klibreck, Sutherland Part of the way up Ben Klibreck.  The main path from the west can be seen climbing the slope ahead.
Peat Bog on the Western Flanks of Ben Klibreck, Sutherland
Part of the way up Ben Klibreck. The main path from the west can be seen climbing the slope ahead.
Western ridge of Ben Klibreck, Sutherland Part of the Ben Klibreck range, looking south along the ridge towards the subsidiary summit at Creag an Lochain (808m, 2651ft).
Western ridge of Ben Klibreck, Sutherland
Part of the Ben Klibreck range, looking south along the ridge towards the subsidiary summit at Creag an Lochain (808m, 2651ft).
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Creag an Lochain is located at Grid Ref: NC5727 (Lat: 58.213626, Lng: -4.4193298)

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