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The 742m /2,434ft Pap of Glencoe / Sgorr na Ciche Mountain is under 1 mile east of Glencoe in the Highlands of Scotland, 94 miles north of Glasgow, 119 miles northwest of Edinburgh. Postcode: PH49 4HS. The average is 4 hours to the top and back.

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Regular buses run between Glasgow and Fort William stopping at Glencoe with a stop close to the Main Street, as seen in the image top, it is then a short walk up the Main Street, turn right just over the little Bridge, then a few hundred yards along the single lane road is the Pap of Glencoe Car Park, about 1 mile from the Village centre. This is also the best way to find the Car Park when driving.

You will see a sign from the right side of the Car Park for the Pap of Glencoe Trail, about half of a mile through Woodland next to the road towards a Gate where the Mountain Trail begins.

The Trail heads over to the right to start with, towards the 968m / 3,175ft Sgorr nam Finnaidh, fairly easy to start with.

Once across to the right, the Trail goes straight up, tough going with some scree here and there.

Once above the steep section, the Trail turns left towards the Pap of Glencoe, nice and steady from there.

The Top Section of the Pap of Glencoe looks impossible, but you soon pick out the only way to the top, a winding path through Rock and Scree, more challenging than most Mountains in Scotland, but fairly safe. Large Image

Where the Trail winds its way round the east side close to the Summit, you get amazing views northeast along Loch Leven to Kinlochleven. Large Image

The Summit of the Pap of Glencoe gives great views over Loch Leven, Glencoe and Ballachulish. Large Image

Following the same Trail back down, you get a good view up to Sgorr nam Fiannaidh, with a good faint Trail up to that Mountain if you fancy extending the hike. The top section of this Mountain is Scree, then you get great views east along Glencoe and the Aonach Eagach Ridge. The Ridge is about 5 miles long, classed as one of the most dangerous in Scotland. Large Image

It is the same Trail back down from both Mountains, with great views over Glencoe. There is also a large Pool across the road from the Car Park if you fancy a swim.

Hiking both Mountains will average 7 hours.

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