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Highland Walk
Stob Dearg, Buachaille Etive Mor, Glen Coe

County/Area - Highland

Author - Lou Johnson

Length - 4.0 miles / 6.5 km

Ascent - 2425 feet / 735 metres

Time - 4 hours 30 minutes

Grade - mod/hard

Start - OS grid reference NN221563
Lat 56.66454 // Long -4.90445
Postcode PH49 4HY (approx. location only)

Walk Route Description

Photo from the walk - Stob Dearg, Buachaille Etive Mor, Glen Coe Photo from the walk - Stob Dearg, Buachaille Etive Mor, Glen Coe
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This mountain has gained almost iconic status and is a familiar sight to all those travelling the A82 between Tyndrum and Fort William. Although this summit presents a pyramid like shape it is in fact the end buttress of a ridge that attracts the name of Buchaille Etive Mor.

This route starts from Altnafeadh (Grid ref. NN221563) where parking is available in parking areas on both sides of the road. After parking head south along the track that leads across a bridge over the River Coupall towards the white cottage of Lagangarbh.

Beyond the cottage the path forks where you take the right hand path. The ascent begins in earnest now with the crags of Stob Dearg soaring skywards. The path crosses the Allt Coire na Tulaich and remains on the west bank of this burn. Continuing upwards into dramatic Coire na Tulaich the path steepens with the coire wall looking daunting.

However no technical difficulties are met and the ascent eases to reach a col (Grid ref. NN 216542). Turn left (east) and continue the climb to reach the summit of Stob Dearg. Apparently there are superb views, which on this ascent were not in evidence with rain lashing across the hill.

The descent follows the outward route although care is needed for the first steepish section down into Coire na Tulaich.

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