Walk: Wee Buachaille

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

[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 Pass of 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]

📌 Walk: Wee Buachaille ★★★★
Start / finish at car park on A82 just east of The Study, Glen Coe, 6 mi east of Glencoe village, G.R.: NN 188562 ///pans.grandest.charge

▶ 8 km / 5 mi | ▲ 900 m | ⌚ Full day | Tough
Features: △ Stob Coire Raineach (925 m, Munro); △ Stob Dubh (958 m, Munro)
Terrain: Good, rocky hill paths - fairly steep and loose in places, particularly on Stob Coire Raineach.

Route & map

Car park - Buachaille Etive Beag ridge at Mam Buidhe - Stob Coire Raineach - return to Mam Buidhe - Stob Dubh - return by outward route

Route credit: Scotland Off the Beaten Track

On our visit

Wildlife: Red deer on Stob Coire Raineach, with roars of stags echoing around the glens from surrounding coires.
Weather: 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]


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