Stob Coire Sgreamhach and Bidean nam Bian

Stob Coire Sgreamhach

Munro summit on Bidean nam Bian above Glencoe

Bidean nam Bian is the vast and complex mountain on the southern side of Glencoe. Stob Coire Sgreamhach is the eastern Munro summit on this mountain and overlooks the dramatic 'Lost Valley' of Glencoe.


Stob Coire Sgreamhach


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Height1072m
Prominence128m
Meaningpeak of the dreadful coire
ListsMunro, 65
LocationBidean nam Bian, Strath Orchy to Glen Coe
Grid RefNN155536
Lat/Lon56.63822, -5.01067


Driving through Glencoe, only glimpses of Stob Coire Sgreamhach's summit can be seen. For the most part it is hidden by high and intimidating cliffs and buttresses that form the complex topography of Bidean nam Bian. While aiming for Stob Coire Sgreamhach, most hillwalkers will also take in Bidean nam Bian's main Munro summit.

From Glencoe, there are three popular starting points for routes up Bidean nam Bian and Stob Coire Sgreamhach - by Loch Achtriochtan, through Coire nan Lochan and via the 'Lost Valley' - an eery place where the MacDonalds hid from the Campbells during the notorious masacre of Glencoe. There are well constructed paths from these points, though higher up the paths disappear through boulderfield.

A superb easy rock-scrambling route called the 'Zig-zags' aims up the central spur of the Three Sisters and continues onto Bidean nam Bian's main summit and Stob Coire Sgreamhach via Stob Coire nan Lochan.

Fit hillwalkers can hike extended routes possibly includng nearby peaks of Sgurr na h-Ulaidh or even the Aonach Eagach on the opposite side of Glencoe.



Hillwalking routes up Stob Coire Sgreamhach



1. Bidean nam Bian and Stob Coire Sgreamhach route »


Starting at Loch Achtriochtan and ending up with a descent through eery 'Lost Valley', this ia a wonderful route to bag the Munros of Bidean nam Bian and Stob Coire Sgreamhach

Ascent : 1300m (4270ft)
Distance : 10km (6m)
Time : 4:30hr

2. Sgurr na h-Ulaidh to Bidean nam Bian and Stob Coire Sgreamhach »


Starting from Glencoe, Sgurr na h-Ulaidh can be linked to Bidean nam Bian and Stob Coire Sgreamhach, taking in the Corbetts of Meall Lighiche and Beinn Maol Chaluim. A big and rough undertaking !

Ascent : 2375m (7790ft)
Distance : 25km (16m)
Time : 10:15hr

3. Bidean nam Bian via the Zig-Zags »


A super summer rock-scrambling route up Bidean nam Bian, heading up via Gearr Aonach and Stob Coire nan Lochan. There are a couple of exposed Grade 1 (bordering on Grade 2) rock-scrambling pitches on the Zig-Zags part of this route where some people may find the use of a rope reassuring.

Ascent : 1325m (4350ft)
Distance : 10km (6m)
Time : 5hr



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Stob Coire Sgreamhach and the middle buttress of the Three Sisters of GlencoeStob Coire Sgreamhach and the middle buttress of the Three Sisters of Glencoe
Heading to Stob Coire Sgreamhach from Bidean nam BianHeading to Stob Coire Sgreamhach from Bidean nam Bian
Looking down the Lost Valley of Glencoe from the col below Stob Coire SgreamhachLooking down the Lost Valley of Glencoe from the col below Stob Coire Sgreamhach
Looking up the Lost Valley, Stob Coire Sgreamhach on the leftLooking up the Lost Valley, Stob Coire Sgreamhach on the left
On Stob Coire Sgreamhach's summit looking over Etive BeagOn Stob Coire Sgreamhach's summit looking over Etive Beag
Stob Coire Sgreamhach, Bidean nam Bian and Stob Coire Lochan from Etive BeagStob Coire Sgreamhach, Bidean nam Bian and Stob Coire Lochan from Etive Beag




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