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Braeriach, Cairn Toul, Sgor an Lochain Uaine & The Devils Point
Quick Facts
This is the summed total of all the climbing within a route and is a good indicator of the strenuousness of a route.
Total Ascent
2220 m

An estimate of the time taken based on a derivation of Naismiths rules. Our calculation is based on the horizontal and ascent components of a climb, we do not make a reduction for descent.

Registered users can customise these walking times by specifying their own walking and ascending speeds. They can also add a fixed time period for stoppages.

Route Time
11 hrs
The horizontal distance of the route.
Route Distance
35.67 km

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A brief summary of this route.

Our summary will always contain one of easy, moderate or hard to indicate the severity of the route.

Climbing is moderate but there is a lot of it. The centre km of the Lairig Ghru and the Chalamain Gap have significant boulder fields which will be hazardous in the dark.

The route is strenuous and long but rewarding. Not suitable for cycle access.

Here we provide the nearest town to the start of the route where you will find basic services.

We then give directions from that location to the route start. Your approach route may differ.

 Travel Information

Head to: Aviemore

Proceed from Aviemore to Coylumbridge and follow the signs for the Cairngorm Funicular Railway.

Route Waypoint Map

The total ascent is 2,220 metres. Allow 11 hours to complete this 35.67 km route.

In winter months please check the local snow conditions at sais.gov.uk.

The hillphones service can inform you of stalking activities in the area.

Usually the shortest way to climb the mountain, making best use of tracks and paths to gain altitude. Route navigation requires map reading skills and an ability to navigate with a compass.

The information given here will enable you to annotate your map and plan your route. We do not give anecdotal descriptions on where to find the paths, worn by the feet of previous mountaineers.

Where the access routes are few or the ridge is narrow, paths are generally obvious. On open ground, following paths without using your compass may get you lost in poor visibility.

 Route Information
Waypoint Detail
  Start at carpark at bend in road to Ski Centre
  NH98520740 Distance
468 m
Cross river by bridge an follow good path SW to Chalamain Gap
NH96500524 Distance
3.43 km
705 m
Descend SSW to Lairig Ghru and cross river
NH95880374 Distance
1.76 km
615 m
Ascend SW towards Coire Gorm
NH95700318 Distance
0.59 km
800 m
Ascend SE along East ridge of Coire Gorm to Sron na Lairge
NH96550065 Distance
2.73 km
1170 m
Continue SW on ascent ridge
NH96180002 Distance
0.74 km
1192 m
Continue W above Coire Bhrochain
NH95440007 Distance
0.76 km
1244 m
Bear SW to Braeriach
NN95349992 Distance
0.19 km
1296 m
Head SW following the Corrie edge to the Falls of Dee
NN94239912 Distance
1.40 km
1154 m
Continue SSW to top (1265m)
NN93949828 Distance
0.81 km
1265 m
Continue SW avoiding cliff edge to the East
NN93869801 Distance
0.28 km
1227 m
Follow corrie rim SSW
NN94099759 Distance
0.48 km
1161 m
Continue ESE following corrie rim
NN94879744 Distance
0.81 km
1163 m
Continue ENE to Sgor an Lochain Uaine (The Angel's Peak).
NN95449768 Distance
0.62 km
1258 m
Continue SE along corrie rim
NN95959719 Distance
0.77 km
1168 m
Follow corrie rim E to Cairn Toul
NN96349720 Distance
0.39 km
1291 m
Bear SW avoiding drop to Coire an t-Saighdeir
NN96099677 Distance
0.49 km
1147 m
Continue SSE to 1213m Top
NN96189635 Distance
0.45 km
1213 m
Descend SE to the start of the descent path into Coire Odhar
NN96929556 Distance
1.11 km
930 m
Ascend SE to The Devil's Point
NN97619511 Distance
0.84 km
1004 m
Return NW to the descent path at the head of Corrie Odhar
NN96929556 Distance
0.84 km
930 m
Descend E on path down to Corrour Bothy
NN98099579 Distance
1.20 km
577 m
Head SE and cross river to meet path through Lairig Ghru
NN98539557 Distance
0.63 km
560 m
Bear NNW up Lairig Ghru
NN97319928 Distance
4.06 km
728 m
Follow path N passed The Pools of Dee to the highest point of the Lairig Ghru
NH97400126 Distance
2.17 km
835 m
Continue NE to junction with path to Chalamain Gap and follow approach route back to car park.
  NH98520740 Distance
8.13 km
468 m

A selection of weather forecasts local to this route.

Cairngorms * Monadhliath
by MWIS (PDF format)
East Highlands
by Met Office
by Metcheck
Images of Braeriach, Cairn Toul, Sgor an Lochain Uaine & The Devils Point
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Rating & Reviews

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Written by Iain Thomson on 05 Jun 2009:
We were lucky enough to do this route during the recent good weather and had two days of unbroken sunshine. It's a long slog though and the boulder strewn 'lunar' landscape from Braeriach to Sgor An Lochan Uaine was very wearing. In good weather the views were breathtaking. In poor conditions this route must be *very* difficult to navigate. The bothy at Corrour is small but in good order. Took us about 9 hours from the Sugarbowl to get there, then another 5 from Corrour to the Sugarbowl the next day along the Lairig Ghru. Hard work, but I'll remember the experience for a long time...
Written by Chris Ridley on 26 Jul 2007:
Climbed in from Achlean in Glen Feshie via the foxhunter path and thence onto the Moine Mor. The route to the end of the landrover track is straightforward, but beyond this is very indistinct and long. Easy ascent via west facing ridge to Einich Carn and along the ridge under poor weather conditions. Easy drops west make for simple descents, but be prepared for the long haul back across the Moine Mor which can be confusing in poor visibility.
Written by Allan Scott on 15 May 2007:
Walked in Via Chalamain Gap and Lairig Ghru, camped near corrour Bothy and started from Devils Point. This was a long and gruelling day. Visibility down to about 50-150 yards all day in snow (may 13th!!!) Fitness tested to my absolute limits and beyond. Boulder-fields on the ascents, made more difficult and dangerous under snow cover. Navigation hazardous to say the least. I'm sure this is a spectacular walk on a good day, but this wasn't it. Just got back to Chalamain gap as darkness fell, arrived at car 2330hrs a broken man. heavy packs and fitness levels are big issue here
Written by Peter Lang on 13 Jun 2006:
Cycled in and camped at Luibeg Bridge from Linn of Dee. Fine walk up Lairig Ghru to just before Pools of Dee and follow prominent burn into corrie and good stalkers path zig zags onto plateau S of 1184 spot height NE of Braeriach. Long circuit of spectacular corries over good ground and short sharp pulls onto Angels Peak, Cairn Toul and Devils Point before descending well maintained path to Corrour bothy and retrace route back to LB/Derry Lodge. Superb long day in June sunshine and strong winds roaring over corrie headwalls, foot weary from mileage underfoot rather than climbs. Excellent
Written by Neil Campbell on 16 Jul 2005:
I did it on 10/7/05, 11.5 hrs, warm but overcast pefect conditions, it's long route but enjoyable. There's been some path improvements at some points so it's not an ankle breaker all the way round. For me, the worst was the climb back to the Chalamain Gap and back to the car. All good fun tho' a walking pole is good for the big boulder sections.
Disclaimer. The details provided above are an aid to planning an expedition, but all distances, altitudes and bearings must be considered approximate. You must navigate with the appropriate map, a compass, your navigation skills and common sense, MunroMagic.com accept no responsibility for your interpretation of our route information.
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