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The third highest mountain in Britain, Braeriach is perhaps the finest of the Cairngorms. Reaching its vast summit plateau requires a long approach walk - this remains a truly wild place - whilst all around the plateau are a vast range of dramatic and beautiful corries.
Altitude: 1296 metres
Detailed route description and map
Other routes and challenges
In addition to the approaches above via the Sron na Lairige (from Whitewell or the Chalamain Gap) and the descent route to Glen Einich described in the circuit route, another path from higher up Glen Einich ascends via Coire Dhondail.
The epic challenge hereabouts is the ascent of the Cairngorm 4000ers, best accomplished from Speyside. Ascend Brariach via the Chlamain Gap from the Sugar Bowl car park, head round to Cairn Toul and then Corrour Bothy. Use the Allt Clach nan Taillear route onto Ben Macdui, then continue to Cairngorm and back down to the ski centre.