Ben Starav and the east Etive hills from Beinn Fhionnlaidh

Ben Starav & neighbours

Routes including Beinn nan Aighenan & Stob Coir'an Albannaich

Five Munros lying east of Loch Etive from an impressive circuit rising abruptly from the shoreline. Ben Starav is the dominant peak in the range with steep drops down to Loch Etive, not unlike a fjord, and great views in all directions.

Main route summary

  Map base ©OpenStreetMap
With sea-level start and a height of just under 1100m to ascend, there is a hard, demanding slog to reach the summit of Ben Starav when approached from Loch Etive. Glas Bheinn Mhor does feel like a subsiduary top of Beinn Starav, but the drop and reascent between the two is fairly significant, with some easy scrambling on the way. Beinn nan Aighenan is fairly remote peak and often bagged on it's own, however although including it with Ben Starav and Glas Bheinn Mor does require a detour, it will only add around two hours to your hillwalk.

To the north of Glas Bheinn Mhor, Stob Coir'an Albannaich is a bulky hill, with corries north and south giving tricky navigation regardless of direction approached. Meall nan Eun is a small grassy hill, but careful route selection in needed to avoid crags when descending.

There are two recommended access points for these hills - from the northern end of Loch Etive and from Loch Tulla on the Black Mount. Heading in from Loch Tulla is longer route, but a bike can be used for the first 4km.

Munros Beinn Starav (1078m, Munro 63)
Beinn nan Aighenan (960m, Munro 197)
Glas Bheinn Mhor (997m, Munro 144)
Stob Coir'an Albannaich (1044m, Munro 90)
Meall nan Eun (928m, Munro 252)
Corbetts Stob Dubh* (883m, Corbett 45)
 *See 'Alternative Routes' below
Ascent 2560m (8,400ft)
Distance       25km (15.5m)
Time walk : 10:30hr*, run : 5:30hr
*Naismith's rule : 4km/h distance + 600m/h ascent

Start/finish   Nr head of Loch Etive
(grid ref : NN13746)


Which map to choose ?
easy difficult
easy testing
stroll long day
ok stunning
Ben Starav : 'hill of rustling'
Glas Bheinn Mhor : 'big greenish-grey hill'
Beinn nan 'hill of the hinds'
Stob Coir' an Albannaich : 'peak of the coire of the Scotsman'
Meall nan Eun : 'hill of the birds'
Stob Dubh : 'black peak'

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