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Creag Dubh and Cluny's Cave

Creag Dubh and Cluny's Cave


Postby gaffr » Sun Oct 06, 2013 6:39 pm

Route description: Creag Dubh (Newtonmore)

Grahams included on this walk: Creag Dhubh (Newtonmore)

Date walked: 06/10/2013

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Last year after visiting Creag Dubh we tried and failed to locate Cluny's Cave on the way down from the hill. I had come across it a couple of times, some time ago, after finishing a couple of routes at the lower end of the upper tier.
Today on my way up to Creag Dubh I thought that I would have another go at locating the cave.
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This rowan tree seems like a reasonable indicator for shuffling out towards the area of the cave....a little way above the tree there is a large boulder around which you can gain access to a bracken covered wide ledge.
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Further out along the ledge after passing an area of boulders things get a wee bit more angled....there was already a few stones that made a small cairn and I added another small heap.
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The entrance to the small cave that only really would give room to stretch out for one small highlander.
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A bit more of the interior of the cave....there is a small hole in the roof that would allow smoke to flow outwards....perhaps would have been used cautiously.
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The pleasant outlook from the cave.
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After retracing my steps I had to navigate a sea of bracken to gain the normal path to travel upwards to Creag Dubh.
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Outlook to Carn Macoul and Carn Dearg.
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The main summit and cairn of Creag Dubh is behind the two humps in the image.
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I came down by the 'way of the goats' which is a kind of ramp between the lower and upper crags. although no goats were met up with today
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Re: Creag Dubh and Cluny's Cave

Postby LeithySuburbs » Mon Oct 07, 2013 10:57 pm

Looks interesting :think: . Been meaning to get up this hill for ages and now i have another reason :) .
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Re: Creag Dubh and Cluny's Cave

Postby gaffr » Tue Oct 08, 2013 6:38 am

The position shown on my 1:50,000 map is accurate (Memory Map).....cursor on the wee symbol for the site.....it was precise with my own position on my GNSS at the site. :)
Not really appropriate 'to go at it' with an instrument in this kind of terrain. :)
Care on a wet day and the 'dying back' bracken can be slippery.
A we bit of perseverance is needed since the entrance to the cave is hidden from the approach direction.
Also the area does not appear to have many, if any, visits recently. Maybe nowadays the climbers abseil off from the end of the climbing? :)
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Re: Creag Dubh and Cluny's Cave

Postby mgmt! » Tue Oct 08, 2013 7:05 pm

an interesting howf gaffr, is this were the oui oui waterfall is ?, climbed it a few winters ago.
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Re: Creag Dubh and Cluny's Cave

Postby mgmt! » Tue Oct 08, 2013 7:05 pm

an interesting howf gaffr, is this were the oui oui waterfall is ?, climbed it a few winters ago.
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Re: Creag Dubh and Cluny's Cave

Postby gaffr » Tue Oct 08, 2013 7:52 pm

Hello Mngmt,
Oui Oui is on the waterfall wall part of the Central Wall area.....the cave is at the right land end of the Sprawl Wall ....the Upper Walls.
If you think top of the Tree Hee and Slabsville climbs you will be quite close to the Cave. I recall doing a maybe VD? route above this area of the top of the fore-mentioned climbs....between these but as you look up a bit to the right. :)
The entrance to the cave is directly above the usually wet slabs right of the two routes.
Hope that helps.
The position on the o.s. map is accurate.
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Re: Creag Dubh and Cluny's Cave

Postby BlackPanther » Wed Oct 09, 2013 11:24 am

Lovely autumn colours :D We did this hill a couple of years ago in similar conditions. I didn't know about the cave, must have a look next time.
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Re: Creag Dubh and Cluny's Cave

Postby sross » Sun Oct 13, 2013 3:09 pm

On this Thanksgiving Day Sunday, here, I'd say that enjoying such a stunning walk, would be something for which to be truly thankful. Finding that little cave to gain shelter from a storm would make one quite thankful too!
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Re: Creag Dubh and Cluny's Cave

Postby gaffr » Sun Oct 13, 2013 5:05 pm

I am not the best person to relate the details of the historical significance of this wee cave. I am sure that many within the MacPherson clan would know a great deal more than me regarding this. Cluny Macpherson was a supporter of CES 'the bonny Prince' and after the defeat at Culloden Moor in 1746 Cluny Macpherson became a fugitive and was pursued, as was CES, by the British army, the so called Redcoats, for several years. He evaded capture only because of the assistance given by this own folks who provided many hiding places for him in Badenoch and beyond. The wee cave was perhaps one of the places where he kept out of sight of the military. I think that he eventually escaped from Scotland to reach France.
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