Buachaille Etive Mor and Etive Beag

The Shepherds of Etive - Etive Mor and Etive Beag guard the eastern approaches to Glencoe.

When driving towards Glencoe it is the intimidating northern summit of Etive Mor that dramatically comes into view. This peak which is called Stob Dearg and often just referred to as 'the Buachaille', rises dramatically above Rannoch Moor and is very popular with climbers, hill walkers and scramblers.

Main route summary

The northern summit of Etive Mor, Stob Dearg, is the northern Munro peak on the high-level ridge of Etive Mor. To the south-west are other peaks, including Stob na Broige. There are various access points, all pretty rough, with 'Curved Ridge' being one of Scotland's classic scrambles.

Etive Beag is smaller than Etive Mor and similar in shape. A fine path from the north-west makes for easy access (see Alternative Routes).

Due popularity of these hills and with The West Highland Way passing nearby, parking can be problematic at weekends.

Munros Stob Coire Raineach (925m, Munro 263)
Stob Dubh (958m, Munro 200)
Stob na Broige (956m, Munro 205)
Stob Dearg (1021m, Munro 109)
Ascent 1875m (6150ft)
Distance       19km (12m)
Time walk : 8hr*, run : 5hr
*Naismith's rule : 4km/h distance + 600m/h ascent

Start/finish   Altnafeadh
(grid ref : NN221563)


Which map to choose ?
easy difficult
easy testing
stroll long day
ok stunning
Buachaille Etive Mor/Beag : 'big/litte shepherd of Etive'
Stob Coire Raineach : 'peak of the bracken coire'
Stob Dubh : 'black peak'
Stob na Broige : 'peak of the shoe'
Stob Dearg : 'red peak'

Route detail & map »

Photos of route »

Alternative routes »

Other hill routes nearby »

Accommodation & food »

Forecasts & other useful info »

Guided days on these mountains »


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