Hill Walking In Glencoe

It’s no exaggeration to say that Glencoe is a hillwalkers’ paradise. Aside from the Isle of Skye no other area Scotland can keep you as busy without having to travel. Once you’ve pitched your tent or found your B&B then you can have day after day of walking pleasure right on your doorstep.

The famous West Highland Way which runs from Milngavie, just outside of Glasgow, to Fort William skirts the top of the Glen, but for the best views and most challenging scrambles you need to head down into the valley and onto the mountains on either side.

As one drives towards Glencoe from the south you cross Rannoch Moor, a bleak, yet beautiful moorland. Ghostly and exposed in wild weather, the West Highland Way runs along one edge. As Glencoe itself gets closer the imposing Buachaille Etive Mòr welcomes you and gives a hint of the majesty to come.

Particular favourite walks of mine are Bidean nam Bian and Aonach Eagach Ridge.

The first of these takes you up the highest mountain in Argyll and is challenging both on the rise and descent. You can either enter of leave your days walk through the Lost Valley. This walk is only recommended for those who are fit and have some experience in hillwalking. Knowing how to use a map and compass is essential as the weather can close in very quickly and the landmarks you were using for reference can quickly disappear in the clouds.

The Aonach Eagach Ridge is one of the great classic Scottish ridge walks. Once you’re on it, you’re on it – keep going forwards. This walk is highly exposed at times and is not for those with a fear of heights. The views are breathtaking and on a clear day you can spend a few minutes counting the tops of the other mountains in view.

The traditional way of doing this walk is East to West. The fact that the Clachaig pub is at the bottom of the west side is purely coincidental!

Here’s a great video showing you this walk from the Munro Show with Muriel Grey.

For more info you can visit http://www.nts.org.uk/property/glencoe-and-dalness/

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Lisa Murphy