Name = Lochnagar/Beinn Chìochan
Photo = Lochnagar.jpg
Caption = Lochnagar face seen from
Elevation = 1155 m (3790 ft)
Prominence = "c." 670 m
Parent peak =
OS "Landranger" 44
Grid_ref_UK = NO244861
Translation = Little loch of the noisy sound/Breast mountain
Language = Gaelic
Pronunciation = peɲˈçiəxən
Lochnagar or Beinn Chìochan is a
mountainin the Grampians of Scotland, located about five miles south of the River Dee near Balmoral. It is named after Lochan na Gaire, the 'little loch of the noisy sound', a lochto be found in the mountain's northeast corrie. Today the lochan is popularly called Lochnagar too. The summit is usually referred to as Cac Càrn Beag, meaning "small cairn of faeces" in Gaelic. "Beinn Chìochan" ('breast mountain') is an alternative Gaelic name. [http://www.smo.uhi.ac.uk/gaidhlig/faclair/sbg/lorg.php?facal=Beinn%20Ch%C3%ACochan&seorsa=Gaidhlig&tairg=Lorg&eis_saor=on]
The mountain's principal feature is a north-facing corrie around which most of the subsidiary tops as well as the main peak sit. The mountain is a
Munroand is popular with hillwalkers at all times of the year. The most common route of ascent is from Glen Muick. Care should be taken on the summit in poor visibility; the plateau is mostly devoid of obvious features and has steep cliffs on its northern edge.
Lochnagar is located on the Royal Estate at Balmoral, and the mountain itself has royal links. It is the setting for a children's story, "
The Old Man of Lochnagar", originally told by Prince Charles to his younger brothers, Andrew and Edward, and published in 1980with royalties going toward The Prince's Trust.
A malt whisky distillery located near the Balmoral estate on the south side of the River Dee produces the
Royal Lochnagar Single Maltwhisky.
It is a site for breeding
Dotterel("Charadrius morinellus") and this has led it to be designated as a Special Protection Area.
In the movie
Mrs. Brown, John Brown and Benjamin Disraelihike up Lochnagar to discuss the need for Queen Victoria to return to active involvement with Government.
* Computer-generated summit panoramas [http://www.viewfinderpanoramas.org/panoramas/GRE/Lochnagar.gifLochnagar] [http://www.viewfinderpanoramas.org/panoramas.html Index]
* United Kingdom Acid Waters Monitoring Network site [http://www.ukawmn.ucl.ac.uk/site4/index.htm Lochnagar] [http://www.ukawmn.ucl.ac.uk/site4/index.htm Index]
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