Walk: Stob Ghabhar - Black Mount magic

Argyll & Bute | Black Mount | Full day walk | ★★★★

[Stob Ghabhar from Stob a' Coire Odhair] 

Between Glen Coe and Bridge of Orchy lies the Black Mount: a rough and wild hill group comprising four Munros linked by fine high-level ridges. At 1090 metres above sea level Stob Ghabhar is the highest of the quartet, a natural focus for the southern half of the range, but fairly easily climbed by its southeast ridge from Victoria Bridge. The superb circuit described below uses this route in descent, instead adding in 945-metre Stob a' Choire Odhair as an energetic warm-up. Travelling between the two summits requires climbing the northern flank of the Aonach Eagach; this is unrelentingly steep and involves simple scrambling, but is much more straightforward than its narrower namesake above Glencoe village.

[Gazing west from Stob Ghabhar]

Location & info

📌 Walk: Stob Ghabhar - Black Mount Magic ★★★★
Start / finish at car park at minor road end near Victoria Bridge, 2 mi northwest of Bridge of Orchy, G.R.: NN 271419 ///crank.stammer.shine

▶ 16 km / 10 mi | ▲ 1240 m | ⌚ Full day
Features: △ Stob a' Choire Odhair (945 m, Munro); △ Stob Ghabhar (1090 m, Munro); Allt Coire na Muic waterfalls
Tough | After early track section, paths for majority of route: grassy lower down but often rocky high up. Ascent Aonach Eagach is very steep (hands occasionally required) on a faint and loose path, as is the descent alongside the Allt Coire na Muic waterfalls (again, hands occasionally required). Elsewhere, some faint or pathless sections. Path along Allt Toaig is boggy. Burn crossings on descent are usually straightforward, but may be difficult in spate.

Route: Start - Clashgour Hut - follow east bank of Allt Toaig - Stob a' Choire Odhair by south ridge - descend by west ridge - Couloir Buttress / Aonach Eagach - Stob Ghabhar - Stob Maol - Allt Coire na Muic waterfalls - rejoin outward route - start

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On our visit

Wildlife: Dozens of distant red deer on Stob a' Choire Odhair. Deer keds, a lizard, frogs, dragonflies, butterflies, dippers.
Weather: Cloudless and warm (20°C) after a chilly start. Moderate wind on the tops.

Chronological photo guide

[The start of the route follows the Abhainn Shira]

[Allt Toaig]

[Ascent of Stob a' Choire Odhair]

[Red deer on Stob a' Choire Odhair]

[Rannoch Wall from Stob a' Choire Odhair]

[Rannoch Moor]

[Clach Leathad (left) & Meall a' Bhùiridh (centre)]

[The way ahead to Stob Ghabhar]

[Looking back to Stob a' Choire Odhair from the bealach]

[Stob Ghabhar above Coirein Lochain]

[Steep ascent to the Aonach Eagach]

[Aonach Eagach leading to Stob Ghabhar]

[Looking back along the Aonach Eagach]

[Stob Ghabhar]

[View down Coire na Muic]

[View down Coirein Lochain]

[Looking southwest from the summit, Ben Cruachan in the distance]

[Looking west]

[Looking northwest towards Glencoe]

[Descent from Stob Maol]

[Looking back from the descent]

[Good views across Loch Tulla on the way down]

[Waterfalls on the Allt Coire na Muic - cross above the top fall]

[Below the main fall]

[Fording the Allt Toaig]


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