Aonach Eagach Ridge Hike

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The 968m / 3,172ft Aonach Eagach Ridge is 6 miles east of Glencoe village, 87 miles northwest of Glasgow.

The image right is from the A82 road looking at the east end of the Ridge. The Car Parks for these Mountains are just down and round the corner.

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The Glasgow to Fort William & Skye bus passes here but the Closest Stop is at the Glencoe Visitor Centre 4 miles west, would need to check with the company to see if they would drop you off at the Large Car Park.

The Car Park in the photo second top is the small Car Park right at the start of the Trail.

The larger Car Park, known as the Glencoe Valley Viewpoint, the one the Tour Buses stop at with a large Information Cairn, is about 100 yards down the road. Road Map.

There is a nice Steep Trail up the first Mountain named Am Bodach at 3,094ft with a couple of fairly easy scrambling sections.

Am Bodach is a great Mountain on its own to hike with some of the best views in Scotland, should you not fancy taking on the Ridge.
Large Image Along the Ridge

From the top of Am Bodach, you get a good view along the Ridge, a long way, and the highest descent on the Ridge is off Am Bodach, a bit tricky and dangerous juts to start off with. Large Image.

Once along all the Pinnacles, the safe Trail down is towards the left side of the Pap of Glencoe then down to a Car Park 1 mile outside Glencoe Village.

You can also hike the Pap of Glencoe with a nice faint trail straight over to it, but few people have enough energy left for that.

Some people use 2 cars, parking one at each end, some walk the 5 miles back along the road, some go down the dangerous south side so only have about 3 miles to walk back, but there have been a few deaths on the south side routes down, see the Large Images for those Dangerous Routes down.

For a lift back to the east Car Park, there are a few Taxis in the area.

Glencoe Taxi number is 01855 811 764

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Aonach Eagach
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38 Large Images along the Top
Aonach Eagach Map image

The two Munros on this ridge are the 3,126ft Meall Dearg and 3,172ft Sgorr nam Fiannaidh.

Most Hikers leave this Route until they are Highly Experienced.

If you are looking for Mountains to Practice on before taking on this Ridge, I would recommend, Beinn an Lochain by Arrochar, The Cobbler south scrambling route by Arrochar, Beinn Narnain south scrambling route by Arrochar, and Ben Vorlich / Stuc a Chroin by Loch Earn. These Mountains will let you know if you enjoy heights or not before taking on a dangerous 5 mile Ridge.

Make sure and take an Ordnance Survey Map and Compass on these hikes, and know how to use them, as in cloud, these Mountains can be deadly. In Winter, make sure you have Crampons and an Ice Axe, and know how to use them.

This map link is to Glencoe Valley Viewpoint, at the Aonach Eagach Ridge, Google Map.


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