Summary for Braeriach

Braeriach is a route in “The Coylumbridge” region / range which is located in the The Cairngorms area of the Scottish Highlands as defined by the Scottish Mountaineering Club.

On this route you return by same way

Sunrise 8:57 am
Sunset 3:26 pm
6 hours 29 minutes(s) daylight
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21 km/ 13.05 miles1200 m/ 3937.01 ft6 hours plus
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The easiest route up Braeriach (2nd highest in the Carngorms & third highest mountain in Scotland) which is hard to reach from any direction. The route starts from the "Sugar Bowl" carpark situated before the main ski centre carparks. From here a path leads over the hillside to a steep sided rocky ravine known as the Chalamain Gap, before descending around 100 m to the Lairig Ghru. After crossing this pass the route heads for the summit via Braeriach's north ridge, crossing a subsidiary peak, Sròn na Lairige.

From the summit there are superb views along the edge across to Ben Macdiu, the south end of Larig Ghru and spectacular northern cliffs of Carn Toul.

Route points for Braeriach

QGrid Ref.BearingDistance(km)Description
NH98520741197° SSW0.3 (0.3)Start from the carpark and follow the path through trees crossing road follow the path on the other side
NH98420712224° SW2.68 (2.98)Cross the bridge over the Allt Creag an Leth-choin and follow the well contructed path to Chalamain Gap.
NH96500525200° SSW1.64 (4.62)Pass through jumble of big boulders in the gap, then continue south-west dropping down into the Lairig Ghru
NH95890372198° SSW0.56 (5.18)Cross the river on Lairig Ghru
NH95700320160° SSE2.21 (7.39)Start the steep climb onto the ridge upto the top
NH96400110192° SSW1.23 (8.62)Skirt the summit of Sròn na Lairige
NN96109990271° W0.75 (9.37)Continue onto summit of Braeriach & return via same way
NN953999175° S8.11 (17.48)207
Munros covered on Braeriach