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Sgurr Breac & A'Chailleach, maps 19 & 20; 28th Mar 2004 & 9th Aug 2009

Route: 16.4km = ~10.25 miles; 1225m=4020' ascent; 4.5hrs


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  00.0kmNH16157611Orange
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.)
250  NH15697514 
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
600350 NH15427396 
1310 Ridge path SSW to corner 700  NH15007322 
  Path S to point path leaves ridge 750  NH... 
1340 Path contouring W to col 815 6.1kmNH14407125 
1400-05 W/WSW to M A'Chailleach 9978707.1kmNH13597142Orange
1420 Return ENE/E to col 815 8.1kmNH14407125 
  E/NE by-passing T Toman Coinich 9359908.6kmNH14877136Orange
1430 SE to col 865 9.1kmNH15127115 
1445-50 E to M Sgurr Breac (two tops) 99911259.7kmNH15827112Orange
1500 Return W to col 865 10.3kmNH15127115 
1508-13 NW to T Toman Coinich 935119510.8kmNH14877136Orange
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 14.8kmNH15697514 
  Track N/NE to A832 275  NH16227604 
1655 100m NW on A832 to parking layby 280122516.4kmNH16157611Orange


Route 2 (28/3/04): Although this route has a tough start up the slopes above Loch a' Bhraoin, it includes a visit to the very pleasant Loch Toll an Lochain with views of the surrounding corrie.
Weather: Cloud and rain all day.

0840 Parking on A832 near end of track to Loch a' Bhraoin 280   00.0km
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
600350 
1045 Ascend ridge SW to Sron na Goibhre 890640 
1105
-1140
S/SW to M A'Chailleach NH136714
Watch out for direction here – see above.
9977506.6km
1200 NE for 250yds then E down to col NH144713 815  
1215 E/NE to T Toman Coinich NH148713 935870 
1220 SE to col 865  
1235
-1240
E to M Sgurr Breac (two tops) NH158711 99910059.1km
1250 Return W to col 865 9.8km
1300 Ascend NW to T Toman Coinich again 935107510.2km
1405 Path N along ridge of Druim Reidh back to bridge at Loch a' Bhraoin 250  
1425 Track back to car on A832 280110515.8km


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