Buachaille Etive Beag

Bringing in the beginning of October

I love the mountain range in Glencoe. Starting from a layby on the A82, this hike has an excellent path easing the ascent and descent from the Lairig Eilde, thanks to the National Trust for Scotland. There is beautiful, enticing  views of Bidean nam Bian and the Aonach Eagach ridge throughout this hike.

It was great to have company from members of the Argyll Mountaineering club. The bealach itself (Mam Buidhe) gave beautiful views and we diverted to the right attempting Stob Dubh first. When the first cairn is reached (902m), the impressive summit of Stob Dubh is clearly visible along the ridge.

The summit was beautiful. I recommend walking to the very last cairn on the ridge to get the best views of Loch Etive. Ben Starv can be seen to the left of the loch and the Paps of Jura in the distance. The team let me borrow their Scotland flag for an obligatory summit photo.

I fell behind taking photos like always, then headed back down the ridge. Stob Coire Raineach summit was left until last but its a relatively short, but very steep walk from the bealach. Buachaille Etive Beag’s impressive neighbour Buachaille Etive Mor looks superb in the background.


The top was mobbed by people and there is beautiful views down Glencoe and the distant Mamores next to Kinlochleven in the background.

‘Walk and be happy, walk and be healthy.’  Charles Dickens

Munros: Stob Coire Raineach and Stob Dubh (Buachaille Etive Beag)
Distance 8km / 5 miles

Time 5 – 6 hours
Ascent 900m 
Start Grid RefNN188563




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