26 June 2022.

Glencoe, Walking & Hiking

Hidden from view above the steep valley walls, vertical rock faces in places, are the peaks of some of Scotland’s most revered mountains. Mountains that provide a fantastic range of opportunities for both rock climbers and hill walkers alike. In fact many of Glen Coe’s great hill walks are borderline technical ascents and can involve short climbs or a wee bit of scrambling. The infamous Aonach Eagach ridge is just one of those. It isn’t essential to carry climbing equipment but it may be advisable as rock climbing – although relatively easy by climbing standards – is not avoidable. And with the added exposure from already being on a narrow ridge being roped up can help settle jittery nerves.

Bidean nam Bian on the other side of the Glen, described in one guide book as a “compact and complex massif” provides some easy scrambling along with a couple of route options. While at the eastern end of Glen Coe, ascending the majestic Buchaille Etive Mor also requires some scrambling.

And although there are several magnificent peaks to climb in Glen Coe, Walkers are not restricted to climbing hills. There are a couple of high paths that cut between the mountains through passes known as Lairig’s and several low level alternatives from the roadside. Also the West Highland Way, Scotland’s most famous long distance walking route, passes by at the top end of the valley where it ascends the Devil’s Staircase before dropping down into Kinlochleven.

Please note that only Meall a’ Bhuiridh in the White Corries provides uplift for walkers.

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