Comment: A shortish day.
Access: Take A832 west from Braemore junction on A835 and park immediately W of sharp bend in A832 after forestry, 100yds W of track to Loch a' Bhraoin at NH162762.
Route 1 (9/8/09): Watch out for problems reading ridges at map edges. If the mist is down, note that the summit of A'Chailleach is off to the SW, away from the ridge being followed round the corrie of Loch Toll an Lochain. So steps need to be re-traced for a couple of hundred yards to continue. This is particularly important in the second route below.
Clearly the better approach to these three tops is along the ridge path of Druim Reidh north of Toman Coinich which is level, easy and mostly dry. This is route 1 below. Note that the main path leaves that ridge at about 750m and cuts over to the col with A'Chailleach. An alternative, slightly more interesting route is given below in route 2.
Weather 9/8/09: Dry; sunny intervals. 17°C – a bit hot.
|1158||Parking layby on A832||280||0||0.0km||NH16157611||Orange|
|1200||Road SE for 100m to track end||275||NH16227604|
| ||Track SW/S to Loch a' Bhraoin. (The
path has been re-routed through the trees,
denying walkers most of the fine loch view.)
|1213||SE to bridge over loch outflow||250||NH15867500|
|1250||Path S up Druim Reidh to Toman Coinich:
Path SW to cairn at top of cliffs
|1310||Ridge path SSW to corner||700|| ||NH15007322|
| ||Path S to point path leaves ridge||750||NH...|
|1340||Path contouring W to col||815||6.1km||NH14407125|
|1400-05||W/WSW to M A'Chailleach||997||870||7.1km||NH13597142||Orange|
|1420||Return ENE/E to col||815||8.1km||NH14407125|
| ||E/NE by-passing T Toman Coinich||935||990||8.6km||NH14877136||Orange|
|1430||SE to col||865||9.1km||NH15127115|
|1445-50||E to M Sgurr Breac (two tops)||999||1125||9.7km||NH15827112||Orange|
|1500||Return W to col||865||10.3km||NH15127115|
|1508-13||NW to T Toman Coinich||935||1195||10.8km||NH14877136||Orange|
|1528||Ridge path N to point||850||NH15067183|
|1540||Ridge path N to point||700||NH15007322|
|1553||Ridge path NNE to cairn at cliffs||600||NH15427396|
|1620-40||Path NNE to quay at loch||250||14.8km||NH15697514|
| ||Track N/NE to A832||275||NH16227604|
|1655||100m NW on A832 to parking layby||280||1225||16.4km||NH16157611||Orange|
|0840||Parking on A832 near end of track to Loch a' Bhraoin||280||0||0.0km|
|0900||Cross bridge at outflow from Loch a' Bhraoin NH158750||250|| |
|Walk 2kms W along S shore of loch,
then ascend stream towards Loch Toll an Lochan to 600m
|1045||Ascend ridge SW to Sron na Goibhre||890||640|
|S/SW to M A'Chailleach NH136714
Watch out for direction here – see above.
|1200||NE for 250yds then E down to col NH144713||815|
|1215||E/NE to T Toman Coinich NH148713||935||870|
|1220||SE to col||865|
|E to M Sgurr Breac (two tops) NH158711||999||1005||9.1km|
|1250||Return W to col||865||9.8km|
|1300||Ascend NW to T Toman Coinich again||935||1075||10.2km|
|1405||Path N along ridge of Druim Reidh back to bridge at Loch a' Bhraoin||250|
|1425||Track back to car on A832||280||1105||15.8km|