Comment: A shortish day.
Access: Take the A832 west from its start at Braemore junction and park immediately W of a sharp bend after some forestry, 100yds W of the track to Loch a' Bhraoin at NH162762.
Routes: If you are using 1:50000 maps, watch out for problems reading the ridges of A'Chailleach which is on the map edge. For both routes below, steps need to be re-traced ENE from the summit for a couple of hundred yards to continue.
Although Lochan Toll an Loachain is well worth a visit, as in route 2, the better and usual approach to these three tops is along the ridge path of Druim Reidh north of Toman Coinich, as route 1. This ridge is level, easy and mostly dry. Route 2 is slightly more interesting as it provides an alternative to using the ridge path of Druim Reidh in both directions.
Note that the path has been very nicely re-routed through the trees, obscuring any view, and carefully re-positioned out of sight of the boat house, but it now denies walkers most of the fine loch view which is at its very best from the boat house. On my last visit the building there was still just a ruin.
Route 1 (9/8/09): This is the standard route. There is an option for avoiding ascending to Toman Coinich three times. This is to take the main path where it leaves the Druim Reidh ridge at about 750m and cuts over to the col with A'Chailleach. However, this path is not easy to follow, especially in cloud, and the terrain is less pleasant than on the ridge above.
Weather 9/8/09: Dry; sunny intervals. 17°C – a bit hot.
|1158||Parking layby on A832||280||0||0.0 miles||NH16157611||Orange|
|1200||Road SE for 100m to track end||275||0.1 miles||NH16227604|
|1213||Track SW/S/SSE to bridge over
Loch a' Bhraoin outflow
|1250||Path S/SSW to cairn at top of cliffs||600||360||1.66 miles||NH15427396|
|1310||Ridge path SSW up Druim Reidh to corner||700||460||2.2 miles||NH15007322|
| ||Path S to point path leaves ridge||750||510||2.55 miles||~NH150726|
|1340||Path contouring W to col||815||575||3.5 miles||NH14407125|
|1400-05||W/WSW to M A'Chailleach||997||757||4.05 miles||NH13597142||Orange|
|1420||Return ENE/E to col||815||4.6 miles||NH14407125|
| ||E/NE by-passing T Toman Coinich||935||877||4.9 miles||NH14877136||Orange|
|1430||SE to col||869||5.1 miles||NH15127115|
|1445-50||E to M Sgurr Breac (two tops)||999||1005||5.57 miles||NH15827112||Orange|
|1500||Return W to col||869||6.0 miles||NH15127115|
|1508-13||NW to T Toman Coinich||935||1075||6.2 miles||NH14877136||Orange|
|1528||Ridge path N to point||850||6.55 miles||NH15067183|
|1540||Ridge path N to point||700||7.0 miles||NH15007322|
|1553||Ridge path NNE to cairn at cliffs||600||7.95 miles||NH15427396|
|1620-40||Path NNE/N/NW to boathouse quay at lochside||250||8.85 miles||NH15697514|
| ||Track N/NE to A832||275||1125||9.57 miles||NH16227604|
|1655||100m NW on A832 to parking layby||280||1130||9.66 miles||NH16157611||Orange|
|0840||Parking on A832 near end of track to Loch a' Bhraoin||280||0||0.0 miles||NH16137615|
|0900||Cross bridge at outflow from Loch a' Bhraoin||250|| ||0.95 miles||NH15867499|
|Walk 2 miles W along S shore of loch,
then ascend stream towards Loch Toll an Lochan to 600m
|1045||Ascend ridge SW to Sron na Goibhre||892||650||3.5 miles||NH13897221|
|S/SW to M A'Chailleach
(In mist, watch out for direction here – see above)
|1200||NE for 250yds then E down to col||815||4.6 miles||NH14417125|
|1215||E/NE to T Toman Coinich||935||900||4.9 miles||NH14867137|
|1220||SE to col||869||5.1 miles||NH15137115|
|E to M Sgurr Breac (two tops)||999||1030||5.55 miles||NH15827112|
|1250||Return W to col||869||6.0 miles||NH15137115|
|1300||Ascend NW to T Toman Coinich again||935||1095||6.2 miles||NH14867137|
|1405||Path N along ridge of Druim Reidh
back to bridge at Loch a' Bhraoin
|1425||Track NW/N/NE/NW back to car on A832||280||1150||9.65 miles||NH16137615|