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Buachaille Etive Mor Hike

Buachaille Etive Mor mountain has 2 Munros, the 3,350ft, 1,022m Stob Dearg seen right, and the 3,136ft, 956m Stob na Broige at the south end of the range, with the two peaks in the middle not Munros, 9 miles east of Glencoe village, 83 miles north of Glasgow.

The image right is from the A82 road looking at the east side of Buachaille Etive Mor, one of the top Mountain photos in Scotland. The Mountain is too steep to hike from this side, is normally hiked from the north side where there is a car park about 2 miles further down the road.

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The Mountain is easy found as it is next to the main A82 road, 3 miles west of the Glencoe Mountain Resort. The Glasgow to Fort William & Skye bus passes here but the closest stop is at the Glencoe Mountain Resort.

There is a single lane road named Glen Etive that runs down the Glen on the east side giving many more great photos of this Mountain and others.

The car park named Altnafeadh for the hike is right next to the main road, at about 880ft / 270m above sea level. This car park is a bit rough, there is also a large Layby across the road if you have a low car.

There is a narrow road that runs down from the car park to a small Cottage named Lagangarbh Hut. The Mountain is hard to photo from this side as it is north facing, either has to be early morning or in the evening.

The main hike Trail is past the Cottage, up the Gully, up the Scree in the Gully, up a Step Trail to the top of the Gully, then left to the Summit. This is a fairly tough hike with loose rock in parts.

Once on the north Summit named Stob Dearg, you will see the south Summit named Stob na Broige with two Sub Peaks between them.

Many people just hike to the north Summit then back down the same way, others go down the four peaks, then follow a steep path down the west side, then walk up the Valley to the car park.

There may be Ice and Snow in the Gully from November to May as the Gully is north facing, rarely gets the sun.

This Hike will average about 4 and a half hours to the north peak and back, about 7 hours if you do the whole range, add time on if you like a few breaks.

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.

The Glencoe Ski Resort has Glamping Pods, Touring Bays and Camping.

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