Braeriach is a monstrously huge, corrie bitten, upthrust of land whose summit is the third highest point in the British Isles. Hikes to Braeriach take you onto a sensational vast sub-Arctic plateau boasting tremendous views but completely exposed to the elements. The mountain is characterised by its super-corrie, an immense complex of tightly grouped corries that tumble down to the Lairig Ghru.
The king of a ridge system of towering summits and gargantuan corries
Walking routes to Braeriach are long and committing, probably too much for most children and strenuous even for the fittest dogs. Many spend two days to do this epic journey justice, often incorporating the other high summits of Sgor an Lochain Uaine, Cairn Toul and the Devil’s Point. The Corrour bothy, dramatically situated in the deep, atmospheric defile of the Lairig Ghru, offers basic accommodation under the slopes, whilst a wild camp is equally feasible.
Approaches from the north are the most common, with the road to the Cairngorm ski area providing good starting points. The impressive Chalamain Gap is a particular highlight en route. Scenic Glen Eanaich also provides a way up onto Braeriach from the west.
The summit stands at the apex of five corries and is an immense viewpoint. Gigantic Ben Macdui, Britain’s second highest summit, towers upwards on the opposite side of the Lairig Ghru, whilst your eye may be drawn south towards the giants of Sgor an Lochan Uaine and Cairn Toul further along the plateau.
Accommodation is plentiful in the Aviemore and Glen More regions, with campsites, hotels and guest houses. Glen More is also home to one of the UK’s national outdoor centres. The nearest population centre to the southeast is Braemar.
In winter conditions any route to Braeriach is an immensely challenging undertaking and dangerous to those without the relevant mountaineering skills and equipment.
Britain’s third highest mountain, Braeriach is a vast, remote Cairngorms colossus. Difficult to reach from any direction, guarded by abrupt cliffs and enclosed by stunning corries, Braeriach is always a long, committing hike. So why not make a weekend of it, bagging three more Munros on the plateau before sleeping at Corrour bothy?
December 13, 2019
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