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Buachaille Etive Beag

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The "wee Buachaille" includes one of the promoted Munros, making it two for the day. I promised never to call it wee again, mind you, following my first ascent of it many years ago!

Start from the A82 road where the right of way begins for the route through the Lairig Gartain (213 560).

Follow the path for about 2.5 km then head up for the col between the two summits. Most of the leg work has been done now and a relatively short ascent leads NE to the first summit of the day, Stob Coire Raineach (peak of the coire of bracken) at 925m.

Turn back SW and regain the col before continuing up to an intermediate top before reaching the level ridge leading in less than a kilometre to the highest point of the day on Stob Dubh (958m). The cairn just past the summit provides a good spot to stop and admire the views over Glen Etive.

To return to the starting point, retrace your route to the col then descend the slopes to regain the right of way path in the Lairig Gartain and so back to the A82 road.


Maps: OS Sheet 41 'Ben Nevis, Fort William & Glen Coe'
Distance: 10 km
Ascent: 880 m
Time: 4 hours
Food & Drink: The Kingshouse Hotel a few kilometres to the east has long been a popular halt, while Glencoe village has the Clachaig Inn and the Glencoe Hotel. The Clachaig makes a good effort for hill users and has a certain charm.


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