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 along the ridge which is preferred for the ascent/descent terrain, and direction of prevailing weather: there is a gentle valley ascent, then a steep grass/moss corrie ascent to the first top, and a more gentle pathless heathery descent from the last top to a helpful, newish bridge over the Allt Breabaig at NH1632474795 (still not marked on the OS map but clearly visible on satellite imagery).
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. The other building beside the boat house is just a ruin.
The Fannichs are easily divided into two approximately equal walks. Here is the western half. A route over the eastern half was given on the previous page.
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 at large bend
(bend to right from Braemore Jn direction)
|A832 SE to end of track||275||0.1 miles||NH16227604|
|0935||0625||Track SW/S to gate and fence just before Loch a'
Bhraoin, then track left to bridge over Abhainn Cuileag
(For walking in the reverse direction, take left branch of
path 50m after this bridge and head for Allt Breabaig
|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||550||305||4.0 miles||NH17367060|
|1240||0830||Diagonally E up to bealach on ridge||815||565||4.6 miles||NH18437050|
|1300||0850||S up ridge to M Sgurr nan Each||923||680||5.15 miles||NH18466977||Orange|
|1320||0910||Return N to bealach||815||5.7 miles||NH18437050|
|1410||0940||N to M Sgurr nan Clach Geala (Trig post is broken off.)||1093||960||6.3 miles||NH18447148||Orange|
|1010||NE to col by lochan||865||6.85 miles||NH18847218|
|1510||1030||NE/ENE to T Carn na Criche||961||1055||7.4 miles||NH1961972535||Orange|
|1530||1055||Return W for 500m then head NW to col||819||8.05 miles||NH18707270|
|1555||1108||NW/N to M Meall a'Chrasgaidh||934||1170||8.4 miles||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 to new bridge||258||10.05 miles||NH1632474795|
|—||1250||W to Bridge at Loch a'Bhraoin||250||10.45 miles||NH15867500|
|THEN: Track N/NE to A832||275||1200||11.3 miles||NH16227604|
|1820||1310||100m NW on A832 back to layby.||280||1207||11.4 miles||NH161763||Orange|