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Am Bràigh Riabhach
Braeriach and An Garbh Choire - - 278991.jpg
Braeriach from the southeast
Highest point
Elevation1,296 m (4,252 ft) [1]
Prominence461 m (1,512 ft)
Parent peakBen Macdui
ListingMarilyn, Munro
English translationBrindled greyish upper part
Language of nameGaelic
PronunciationScottish Gaelic: [əm ˈpɾaːj ˈrˠiəvəx]
LocationCairngorms, Scotland
OS gridNN953999
Topo mapOS Landranger 36, 43

Braeriach (Scottish Gaelic: Am Bràigh Riabhach) is the third-highest mountain in the British Isles, surpassed only by Ben Nevis and Ben Macdui. It is the highest point in the western massif of the Cairngorms, separated from the central section (containing Ben Macdui and Cairn Gorm) by the pass of the Lairig Ghru. The summit has a crescent shape, with several corries. In the north-facing corrie of Garbh Coire Mor the snow has completely melted just six times in the last century: 1933, 1959, 1996, 2003, 2006 and 2017[2] and the patches that linger there are the longest-lying snow patches in Scotland and more generally, in the entire British Isles.

Probably the most commonly used route up Braeriach starts from Sugar Bowl car park, on the road leading to the Cairn Gorm ski area. From here a path leads over the hillside to a steep-sided rocky ravine known as the Chalamain Gap, before descending around 100 metres (330 ft) to the Lairig Ghru. After crossing this pass the route heads for the summit via Braeriach's north ridge, crossing a subsidiary peak, Sròn na Lairige. The summit is about 9 km (5.6 mi) from the car park by this route.


  1. ^ "Braeriach". Hill Bagging - the online version of the Database of British and Irish Hills (DoBIH). 2019. Retrieved 19 June 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "UK's longest-lasting patch of snow melts away - BBC News". Retrieved 28 April 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

Coordinates: 57°04′41″N 3°43′44″W / 57.07817°N 3.72883°W / 57.07817; -3.72883