Around Buachaille Etive Beag

Friday 24 May. What a splendid day; good weather and a good walk. What more can one ask for? Bea and I made the 8½ mile circuit of Buachaille Etive Beag which included 1,755ft of ascent. The outward leg took us along Lairig Eilde to the top of Glen Etive. Buachaille Etive Beag towered above us to our left whilst the top of Stob Coire Sgreamhach was still covered in snow. The view down Glen Etive to the distant Loch Etive had to be seen to be believed; it was spectacular!

Our turning point took us around the shoulder of Stob Dubh and into Lairig Gartain where we had a climb of 500ft before descending back to the A82 at the top of Glen Coe. The last 1½ miles on a boggy path running parallel to the A82 was the only disappointment of the walk but we were soon back on the old Glen Coe road with one final river crossing to get back to the car.

The weather and stunning scenery made this perhaps the best walk of the holiday.


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