Walk: Wee Buachaille
|[View along the ridge from Stob Dubh to Stob Coire Raineach]|
Buachaille Etive Beag (Little shepherd of Etive) is the shy and retiring little brother of famous Buachaille Etive Mòr. Taking the form of a long ridge stretching back from the A82 in Glencoe, it doesn't look particularly impressive from the roadside start. But climbing up onto the ridge reveals a wonderful traverse between two separate Munros. Decent paths throughout probably make these the two easiest 3,000-foot summits to reach in the region, though with the usual precautions necessary in wild or winter conditions. Stob Dubh (at the south end of the ridge) is the main highlight, by virtue of its superb views directly down Glen Etive to the loch of the same name.
|[Stob Dubh's south summit has wonderful views down the glen to Loch Etive]|
Name: Walk: Wee Buachaille ★★★★☆
Length: 8 km / 5 miles
Ascent: 900 metres
Main summits: Stob Coire Raineach (925 metres, Munro); Stob Dubh (958 metres, Munro)
Start / finish: Car park on A82 just east of The Study, Glencoe, G.R.: NN 188562 / pans grandest charge
Route: Car park - Buachaille Etive Beag ridge at Mam Buidhe - Stob Coire Raineach - return to Mam Buidhe - Stob Dubh - return by outward route
Terrain: Good, rocky hill paths - fairly steep and loose in places, particularly on Stob Coire Raineach.
Wildlife today: Red deer on Stob Coire Raineach, with roars of stags echoing around the glens from surrounding coires.
Weather today: Mostly cloudy at start, becoming sunnier through the day. Windy at times, but almost calm on the summits; only a few degrees above freezing on the ridge.
|[Stob Dubh from the path up Stob Coire Raineach]|
Route credit: Scotland off the beaten track