This is a classic route on one of Scotland's most famous mountains in a glorious setting. Although the route described here is the reverse of the more common one, it offers something different in terms of views, and saves the highlight, Stob Dearg, until last. This muscular peak is unmissable as one enters Glen Coe, and for many it signals the beginning of the Highlands. Well-known for its rock climbing routes, it also has much to offer the walker. The hard work is done getting up onto the ridge, but once up you can stride out with incredible views far and wide, stretching from the wild outreaches of Rannoch Moor to Ben Nevis and beyond.
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Distance: 7.90 miles (12.71 km)
Total ascent: 1,190m
Steepest Gradient: 52% (1 in 2)
Time: 5:30 – 6:30 hours (Walking)
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SummitsBuachaille Etive Mor - Stob Coire Altruim 941 m
Buachaille Etive Mor - Stob na Broige 956 m
Buachaille Etive Mor - Stob na Doire 1010 m
A82 layby, NN21345593, NN213559
Generally good paths throughout, although the descent involves some bare and loose rock so care should be taken here. The walk is largely along a winding ridge, but it isn't particularly narrow. In bad weather be careful with navigation along the ridge and in finding the descent.
Even in early summer you can expect patches of snow in the corries due to the height and position of the mountain. In winter this requires appropriate equipment and knowledge, especially in descent. Note that Coire na Tulaich (point 5 on this route) is a known avalanche black spot, and in risky conditions it may be better to descend the rib to the west of the corrie.
Weather and Hill Conditions: mwis: Northwest Highlands – Met Office: West Highlands
Scottish CityLink run bus services from Glasgow and Edinburgh to Fort William via Glencoe. www.travelinescotland.com
OS Explorer 384 (1:25,000), Harvey/BMC Ben Nevis (1:40,000), OS Landranger 41 (1:50,000) Directory Listings:
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Ballachulish (08452 255 121); Fort William (0845 22 55 121)