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Ben Starav

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The meaning of Starav is uncertain, but may mean a rustling (noise). When combined with its neighbouring Munro, Glas Bheinn Mhor (big, greenish-gray hill), it provides a good, leggy day out, starting just above sea level in Glen Etive.

Leave the road in Glen Etive at 137 468, two kilometres before the loch end, and take the private road across the Etive. Go southwest past Coileitir and continue along a path which takes a bridge across the Allt Mheuran. Go along the west bank and after about 500m start up the northeast ridge of Starav. On a clear day the amount of legwork ahead will be plainly seen! Granite boulders indicate the final slope before the summit, with steep slopes on either side.

From the summit of Starav, go southeast for about 400m, along the level summit crest, to cross a slight rise. Turn northeast here and take the narrow ridge to Stob Coire Dheirg (1028m). The ridge now turns east and descends to a bealach at 766m. Continue east, finishing up a rocky ridge to gain the summit of Glas Bheinn Mhor at 997m. The ridge to this second Munro has a minor grassy top at 892m, with a 70m drop between it and the summit.

The safe descent route, avoiding the steep north face, takes the east ridge for about 500m, when there is a straightforward drop north into the coire at the head of the Allt Mheuran. Follow this burn to Glen Etive, gaining the track just west of Coileitir. While re-crossing the bridge over the Etive here, be astounded by the fact that it was immersed by a flash flood during the winter of 1906.


Maps: OS Sheet 50 'Glen Orchy & Loch Etive'
Distance: 15 km
Ascent: 1370 m
Time: 6 hours
Food & Drink: The Kingshouse Inn has long been a logical stop for refreshment in this area, while there are other choices west in Glen Coe, or south at Bridge of Orchy. The latter hotel has improved steadily over the decades.


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