Braeriach from Whitewell

Braeriach is the third highest mountain in the UK, but tends to see fewer ascents than most of the other peaks in the area. On this walk we will depart from perhaps the quietest parking area within the Cairngorm National Park, and head through traditional scots pine woodland to reach the atmospheric and remarkable Lairig Ghru. The Lairig Ghru is a fine example of a major glacial breach formed during the ice age and nowadays serves as a direct link between Aviemore and the Linn of Dee – a very popular route amongst Scotland’s hill walkers.

Lairig Ghru, CairngormsOnce we reach the summit of Braeriach, we are presented with some of the most powerful views available in the Cairngorms. We can see the extent of the dramatic Lairig Ghru from this high point, as well as the equally impressive mountains in the area, including Ben Macdui (1309m), the highest peak in the national park. There is also the chance to see local wildlife, such as ptarmigans, snow buntings and mountain hares whilst on the plateau.

We then descend into Glen Einich, before returning to the car. This glen is home to many resident eagles, so keep your eyes peeled!

braeriach, cairngorms