Buachaille Etive Mor (Stob Dearg & Stob na Broige)

Summary for Buachaille Etive Mor (Stob Dearg & Stob na Broige)

Buachaille Etive Mor (Stob Dearg & Stob na Broige) is a route in “The Glen Coe” region / range which is located in the Strath Orchy to Loch Leven area of the Scottish Highlands as defined by the Scottish Mountaineering Club.

This is a circular route

Sunrise 8:39 am
Sunset 4:23 pm
7 hours 44 minutes(s) daylight
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Big Shepherd of Etive

11 km/ 6.84 miles1190 m/ 3904.2 ft6 hours +
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Buachaille Etive Mor particularly Stob Dearg is one of the best known mountains in Scotland. This route is referred to as the "tourist route" by rock climbers and scramblers and is a 7km ridge walk which covers 4 summits. The traverse of the four summits starts from Altnafeadh by the busy A82 road by following the obvious track which leads over the River Coupall and passing the climbers hut taking the right fork. Continue along this path ascending slowly up into Coire na Tuilaich and at around 700m you hit a scree filled gully which can be climbed up directly with some simple scrambling higher up. Eventually a wide col one the main ridge is reached head east over pink boulders to reach the summit. From the summit of Stob Dearg head back along the ridge on a very obvious path taking in Stob na Doire, Stob Coire Altruim & Stob na Broige. From here return back along the ridge to Stob Coire Altruim.

The descend is from the bealach between Stob Coire Altruim & Stob na Doire where great care is needed as it is extremely steep. Eventually you'll end up at Easan Fhir Mhoir where you can return to the start point on the road.

There are great views from the summit of Stob Dearg all across Rannoch Moor but also Ben Nevis, The Aonachs, The Grey Corries and numerous other hills.

Route points for Buachaille Etive Mor (Stob Dearg & Stob na Broige)

QGrid Ref.BearingDistance(km)Description
NN22015627155° SSE0.18 (0.18)Start from A82 road at Altnafeadh follow obious path
NN22085610177° S0.32 (0.5)Cross the bridge across the River Coupall
NN22085578196° SSW0.3 (0.8)Where the path forks take the right
NN21695475182° S0.47 (1.27)Path The path gets steep on up Coire na Tulaich
NN21655429207° SSW0.2 (1.47)It becomes very steep indeed and the final climb is on loose scree
NN2155541188° E0.45 (1.92)Bealachemerge onto a broad ridge turning east over many pink boulders with many cairns to follow. You return this way after Stob Dearg.
NN22285430232° SW0.35 (2.27)The summit Stob Dearg - 1021 ( metres)
NN22005411268° W0.45 (2.72)Follow the broad ridge on an obvious pass over the 2 tops to Stob na Broige and return back to point 11 to descend.
NN21305419226° SW0.41 (3.13)Head over a top (902) and along Feadan Bán
NN20885370219° SW0.06 (3.19)Another top (893) onto col and along ridge to Stop na Doire
NN20685324241° WSW0.54 (3.73)Buachaille Etive Mor - Stob na Doire
NN19165277213° SSW0.28 (4.01)From here continue onto Sto na Broige and return back along the ridge to descend point
NN1899525433° NNE0.28 (4.29)The summit Stob na Broige - 956 ( metres)
NN19725306108° ESE0.31 (4.6)Buachaille Etive Mor - Stob Coire Altruim
NN20015294145° SE0.5 (5.1)From col between Stob Coire Altrium & Stob na Doire descend steeply down to road to etive
NN20285252166° SSE1.27 (6.37)Continue descending down to Easan Fhir Mhoir
NN20535127174° S5.2 (11.57)From road walk back to start point on both etive and A82
Munros covered on Buachaille Etive Mor (Stob Dearg & Stob na Broige)
Ordersort icon Height Munro Meaning Pronunciation
110 1021 Stob Dearg Red peak (Big shepherd of [Glen] Etive) Stob Jerrack
207 956 Stob na Broige Peak of the shoe (Big shepherd of [Glen] Etive) Stob na Brogg-yer