Walk: Impossible made possible on Buachaille Etive Mor

Highland | Glencoe | Full day walk | ★★★★★

[Stob Dearg (Buachaille Etive Mòr) on the final leg to the car park]

Buachaille Etive Mòr is the unmissable pyramid rising out of Rannoch Moor as you drive past, wide-eyed, on the A82 into Glencoe (click here for the dramatic roadside view). The name actually refers to the whole ridge, which extends for a few miles over several peaks (and two separate Munros) to Stob na Bròige overlooking the upper reaches of Loch Etive. This side of the pyramid looks a frightening prospect, but Coire na Tulaich makes the seemingly impossible possible with almost no scrambling. Epic mountain scenery throughout: rough ridges, rocky buttresses, waterfalls and summits of all shapes and sizes. And the views measure up too. Ben Nevis and the Mamores crown the northern vista, while Rannoch Moor stretches away to the east (its sheer scale fully realised from up here), drawing the eye all the way to Schiehallion's proud cone above Loch Rannoch.

[Stob na Doire (left) and Bidean nam Bian (centre right) from Stob Dearg]

📌 Walk: Impossible made possible on Buachaille Etive Mòr ★★★★★
Start / finish at layby or adjacent car park at Altnafeadh, A82 9 mi east of Glencoe village, G.R.: NN 220563 ///tips.unique.daydreams

▶ 13 km / 8 mi | ▲ 1110 m | ⌚ Full day | Tough
Features: △ Stob Dearg (1022 m, Munro); △ Stob na Doire (1011 m); △ Stob Coire Altruim (941 m); △ Stob na Bròige (956 m, Munro)
Terrain: Paths throughout, mostly clear but often rocky and rough. Steep ascents and descents both in the coires and on Stob na Doire. Hands occasionally needed, especially in Coire Altruim where the path passes over steep rock slabs which could be a little awkward if wet. The last half mile is sadly along the A82: there's a path (the only boggy bit of the entire route) a few metres from the southern side which is safer than using the road itself.

Route & map

Car park - Coire na Tulaich - bealach at head of coire - Stob Dearg - return to bealach - Stob na Doire - Stob Coire Altruim - Stob na Bròige - return to bealach above Coire Altrium - Coire Altruim - Lairig Gartain - A82 at Cnoc nam Bocam - start


Route credit: Walkhighlands

On our visit

Wildlife: Pair of cuckoos heard at Altnafeadh; tame raven at the top of Stob Dearg.
Weather: Mostly sunny although some cloud around, especially in the middle of the day with showers visible to the west and south. A few degrees above freezing on the ridge, with light winds. Snow patches still covering the path at the head of both coires, but now avoidable on rough ground to the side.

[The ascent through Coire na Tulaich has magnificent views throughout]

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