Cnoc an Fhreiceadain

Cnoc an Fhreiceadain
Elevation 312.48 m (1,025 ft)
Translation Hill of Watching (Gaelic)
Location Coldbackie, Sutherland, Scotland
Topo map OS Landranger 9
OS grid NC611594

Cnoc an Fhreiceadain (Hill of Watching) is a seaside mountain peak in northern Scotland. It is modest in height at 312 m (approximately 1000 feet), but both commands the township of Coldbackie and provides dramatic views across to Kyle of Tongue, to Orkney in the east, and Arkle in the West.

Cnoc an Fhreiceadain is an Old Red Sandstone conglomerate, and is around 400 Million Years old, dating from the middle of the Paleozoic era. The rocks are fairly loose and friable, and not particularly suitable for climbing, although some of the chimneys have been ascended. Travelling from the east along the coast, Cnoc an Fhreiceadain is the first hill of any significance that the traveller meets in Sutherland.

In 2004 as part of the BBC's Top Gear motoring programme, Jeremy Clarkson drove a Land Rover Discovery 3 from sea level to the top of Cnoc an Fhreiceadain.[citation needed]

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Coordinates: 58°30′02″N 4°23′06″W / 58.5006°N 4.385°W / 58.5006; -4.385

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