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Clachnaben from Glen Dye
Highest point
Elevation 589 m (1,932 ft)
Prominence c. 54 m
Listing Marilyn
Translation Rock of the Hill (Gaelic)
Location Aberdeenshire, Scotland
OS grid NO616865
Topo map OS Landranger 45

Clachnaben (archaically "Cloch-na'bain"; Scottish Gaelic: "Clach na Beinne") is a 589-metre hill in Glen Dye, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.[1] It is a distinctive hill visible from many points on Lower Deeside and is topped with a large granite tor.[2] Clachnaben is the war cry of Clan Strachan.


A popular walk starts at the car park on the Cairn O' Mounth (BanchoryFettercairn) road, 10 kilometres south of Banchory. Popularity has caused some erosion on the old steep path which climbs this hill directly; however, efforts have been made to stabilise the erosion.[3] A new improved path takes an easier and less direct route from Millar's Bog to the summit.[4] There are views to Mount Battock, Lochnagar and Bennachie.

The granite tor provides some rock climbing. An annual fell race is run on the hill.



  1. ^ Jim Maison, "Pathway to wisdom in the hills", Leopard Magazine, 48  [dead link]
  2. ^ Watson, Adam (1992). Cairngorms: Locahnagar and the Mounth. Scottish Mountaineering Club. pp. 235–6. ISBN 0-907521-39-8. 
  3. ^ "Royal Deeside : Clachnaben". Deeside Piper. Retrieved 2007-05-22. 
  4. ^ VisitScotland. "Clachnaben". Archived from the original on 5 February 2012. Retrieved 2007-03-24. 

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Coordinates: 56°58′05″N 2°37′59″W / 56.96812°N 2.63319°W / 56.96812; -2.63319