Braeriach via the Chalamain Gap

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Braeriach is Scotland's third highest mountain at 1296m. The route from the Sugarbowl Car Park crosses below the northern corries and passes through the impressive boulder-filled Chalamain Gap, before dropping into the Lairig Ghru. The steep climb up the ridge of Sron na Lairige provides amazing views down the Lairig Ghru and across to Lurchers Crag and Ben Macdui. Braeriach summit is on the edge of the precipitous Coire Brochain with superb views of Cairn Toul, Ben Macdui and the source of the River Dee. On the Cairngorms expect winter even in summer, so be prepared for all weathers!

Scotland - Highlands and Islands - Highland - Cairngorms


Great Views, Mountains, Munro
9/15/2016 - Colin Young

The passage through the Chalamain Gap is challenging as the boulders are large and hard to negotiate. It can be bypassed on the west side by a narrow path which can just be seen on the right at the start of the gap when coming from the north. From south it is picked up from the track up Creag a' Chalamain. The slight additional ascent is preferable to the boulders at the end of a tiring day! From waymark 8 the path has been reconstructed to a very high standard almost to the Lairig Ghru. At Waymark 14 there are steps up to the site of the Sinclair hut - and much of the path thereafter has been reconstructed. The views from the top are indeed superb!

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