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Buchaille Etive Beag

This walk gives an opportunity to climb two impressive munros in the heart of Glen Coe.  Buchaille Etive Beag is the smaller mountain to the iconic Buchaille Etive Mor.

Our walk starts from the Park car park off the A82 opposite the beehive cairn. From here a path leads towars the route through the Lairig Eilde to the west. The path has been greatly improved by the National Trust for Scotland.  We keep left heading up the lower slopes towards the bealeach.  Good views of Bidean nam Bian and the Aonach Eagach can be seen to the northwest.  The path heads towards the Mam Buidhe, the lowest point on the ridge. The gradient begins to ease on the final approach to the bealach and a well earned rest.  From hear we turn to the south and Stob Dubh our first summit of the day.  On our route along the ridge we can see the Lairig Gartain below the parallel ridge of Buachaille Etive Mor to the east. At the southern end of teh ridge The ridge narrows considerably at this point, giving a fine traverse, before the final sharper ascent up to the summit cone of Stob Dubh (956m).  It is worth continuing a short distance beyond the summit cairn to get a view of Glen Etive to the south.  To climb the second munro, Stob Coire Raineach (925m) we retrace our steps back to the bealeach and continue north up a steep and rocky ascent with several variant paths. The climb up to the summit cairn is rough but relatively short in distance. From here there is a stunning prospect down Glen Coe. To the east and north east the tangle of peaks is lessened by the vastness of Rannoch Moor.  Return once more down to the bealach.  Once down at the bealach, retrace your steps back down the well constructed path into the Lairig Eilde and back to the start.

Walk date:
Saturday 23rd May, 2020
Walk leader:
John Redhead
Crieff meet time:
7:30 am
Crieff return time:
5:00 pm (estimated)
Extra Hard
Total distance / Total ascent / High point:
8 km / 1040 m / 956 m
Minibus provided
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1. Risk.
The nature of hill walking potentially involves leaders or other participants in providing close assistance to others. For everybody’s protection those people classified as ‘vulnerable adults’ or young people under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an appropriate carer or responsible adult. No special arrangements are available to provide independent supervision for vulnerable people, and the accompanying carer takes full responsibility for them. The carer or parent is best placed to judge the capability of their charges.

2. Children.
We do ask that you only bring children on a walk if you are confident that they will be able to complete it comfortably. At all times, children must be accompanied by an appropriate adult who must take full responsibility for them.

3. Lower age limits.
No children under the age of 16 are allowed on Extra Hard or Hard walks. Children over the age of 12 are permitted on Medium and Easy walks provided that they are accompanied by a responsible adult.

4. Dogs.
In common with other similar events and in consideration for others, dogs are not allowed (guide dogs excepted).

5. Smoking.
Please do not smoke on walks, out of consideration to others.

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