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The Best Mountains To Climb In Glencoe

In Glencoe and across to the Glen Coe Valley, there are so many hiking opportunities to enjoy, whether you're a seasoned pro aiming to scale every Munro going, or you're planning on a shorter walk with impressive views. Today we'll be sharing some of the best, which have all been experienced and photographed by Jack.

Aonach Eagach Ridge

The Aonach Eagach Ridge (notched ridge) is a formidable traverse often touted as the narrowest ridge in mainland Britain. It covers around 10km of challenging terrain, linking the Munros of Meall Dearg and Sgòrr nam Fiannaidh. The route is classed as a grade 2/3 scramble and involves moderate rock climbing, suited for experienced hikers. The trail boasts stunning panoramic views of Ben Nevis and Loch Leven. Make sure you choose a dry day for this one and leave plenty of time to complete it in daylight.

Jack Says:

"The Aonach Eagach is not for the faint-hearted but to photograph it and camp high up for golden hour pictures, I took a less well-known and more straightforward route to get to the top. Meall Dearg, the Munro in the middle of the dramatic scramble, can be accessed via a path from the north, starting near Loch Leven. Surprisingly in the middle of such a dramatic ridge, there are lots of patches flat enough to pitch a tent for wild camping here!"

Buachaille Etive Mor

Buachaille Etive Mor is one of the best mountains to climb in Glencoe and is also one of the best-known Munro peaks, popular for both hiking and photography. You can't miss the pyramid peak dominating the skyline as you drive the main A82 road, and from the top, it provides stunning panoramic views of Glencoe and beyond. The steep hike is around 8km, offering a well-defined path and some scrambly areas, but overall a more manageable adventure compared to some of the more demanding peaks in the valley.

Here's Jack's experience:

"To get away from the masses heading up it and to get a great view across towards it, I camped on Beinn a’Chrùlaiste instead. It was memorable for many reasons but in the morning the cloud rolled in the glen below to form a beautiful inversion."

Bidean nam Bian

Bidean nam Bian is the highest peak in a group of mountains south of Glencoe and north of Glen Etive. The mountain partially consists of the famous Three Sisters of Glen Coe, three steep ridges extending north into the Glen. There are several routes to the summit, with well-worn paths available, but a very rocky terrain needing mild scrambling.

What You Need To Know: The Best Mountains To Climb In Glencoe

Glencoe is full of opportunities for hiking and climbing. If you're after something a wee bit shorter and on the ground, we recommend Glencoe Lochan, which is perfect for a family walk and picnic! If you are aiming to head up into the mountains, don't forget to take essential clothing and stay safe. You never know when the Highland weather will change. If you're looking for somewhere to set up camp before or after your hike, head for the Red Squirrel Campsite.

For more Glencoe inspiration, make sure you check out our Glen Coe Collection!

Glencoe FAQS

What wildlife can I expect to see while hiking in Glencoe?

  • While hiking in Glencoe, you may encounter a variety of wildlife, including red deer, mountain hares, ptarmigan, golden eagles, and various species of birds and small mammals. It's essential to respect wildlife and observe from a distance.

Are there any guided hiking tours available in Glencoe?

  • There are several guided hiking tours available in Glencoe led by experienced local guides. These tours offer insights into the area's rich history, geology, and wildlife while ensuring a safe and enjoyable hiking experience.

Can I wild camp while hiking in Glencoe?

  • Wild camping is permitted in certain areas of Glencoe, but it's essential to follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code and leave no trace. There are also campsites and bothies available for those looking for more established accommodation options.

Are there family-friendly hiking trails in Glencoe?

  • Yes, there are several family-friendly hiking trails in Glencoe, such as the Glencoe Lochan Loop, which offers a gentle stroll through beautiful woodlands and around a tranquil lochan, perfect for families with children.


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