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: This is the south to north route which is preferred for the ascent/descent terrain, and direction of prevailing weather: there is a gentle valley ascent, then steep grass/moss corrie ascent to first top, and a more gentle pathless heathery descent from the last top to a helpful new bridge over the Allt Breabaig at NH1632474795 (not yet marked on the map).
Weather 26/3/04: Times were increased by wet, heavy, melting snow 6"-12" deep above 2500'.
14/8/09: Cloud base at 550m, 13°C, rain from 0900.
|0920||0610||Parking layby on A832||280||0||0.0km||NH161763||Orange|
|Road SE to end of track||275||0.1km||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.)
|0935||0625||Track S to bridge over Abhainn Cuileag at Loch a' Bhraoin
(For walking in the reverse direction, take left branch of path
50m after bridge and head for Allt Breabaig footbridge
|0645||Take poor, wet path S beside Allt Breabaig to river
crossing marked by cairn on the opposite bank.
Cross river unless impossible when river is in spate.
|If necessary continue path S and cross to E bank
at NH166724 once river splits into 3 or 4 streams.
|Continue S up path on E bank of valley to knoll by bealach||555||305||5.2km||NH17367060|
|1240||0830||Diagonally E up to col 815 on ridge||815||565||NH18437050|
|1300||0850||S up ridge to M Sgurr nan Each||923||675||7.1km||NH18466977||Orange|
|1320||0910||Return N to col 815 on ridge||815||NH18437050|
|1410||0940||N to M Sgurr nan Clach Geala (Trig post is broken off.)||1093||965||9.0km||NH18447148||Orange|
|1010||NE to col by lochan||865||NH18847218|
|1510||1030||NE/ENE to T Carn na Criche||961||1065||10.7km||NH1961972535||Orange|
|1530||1055||Return W then head NW to col||815||NH18707270|
|1555||1108||NW/N to M Meall a'Chrasgaidh||934||1285||12.2km||NH18497330||Orange|
|1610||—||EITHER: Return S back to col||815||NH18707270|
|—||Descend W to path at NH166724 and cross to W bank||360||NH166724|
|1800||—||Path dn W bank of Allt Breabaig to bridge at L. a' Bhraoin||250||NH15867500|
|—||1240||OR (BETTER): Descend NW directly for new bridge||258||NH1632474795|
|—||1250||W to Bridge at Loch a'Bhraoin||250||NH15867500|
|THEN: Track N/NE to A832||275||NH16227604|
|1820||1310||100m NW on A832 back to layby.||280||1315||18.0km||NH161763||Orange|