A SELECTION OF MY FAVOURITE ROUTES FROM THE SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS
BUACHAILLE ETIVE MOR
The Buachaille. The iconic gatekeeper of Glencoe is a great day out with a mix of exciting ridges, steep climbing and views of an epic nature. The mountain is made up of four separate peaks, including two Munros, which are linked up by a series of exciting ridges. It's essentially a walking route with a little bit of easy scrambling as you start to descend. You might need a head for heights for the pointy little summit summit of Stob na Doire, which takes on something of a sinister feel in low cloud... But don't let that put you off, give it a go. I think You'll enjoy it
BUACHAILLE ETIVE BEAG
The 'Wee Buachaille' offers one of Glencoe's tamest mountain days. The route has some pleasant ridge walking with two summits (both Munros) and non technical terrain. It's definitely going to be quieter than Ben Nevis and a little bit easier than it's bigger and more famous big brother. The views aren't half bad either. Route described here could make a great first day of two with a wildcamp before tackling Buachaille Etive Mor. If you want to be a real hero, you could try linking them up in a day... Rather you than I. You could always shorten the described route if you want. However you decide to go for it, enjoy it.
Walking out from Kinlochleven, the day begins by gradually winding and climbing up through the wonderfully quiet Coire na Ba, before bursting out onto the ridgeline approaching Na Gruagaichean. The views are breathtaking. The day gets better and better and better from here with each summit being joined by exhilarating ridge walking and views for miles. The high point of the day is the blocky little summit of Binnein Mor. You'll be blown away at the sheer awesomeness of this place. The route passes over three Munros and five ridges and climbs 1400m! You might find it a little challenging if you get nervous with height, but it’s achievable. Your legs might not thank you for it, but that will be soon forgotten when all you’re left with are the memories.
Earn a pint in the famous Clachaig with this tough but rewarding day. The route starts off with an exploration of the famous Hidden Valley of Coire Gabhail where a steep exit leads you to Stob Coire Sgremhach. From there, the day changes pace to lead you on an exciting journey over the top of the Lost Valley Buttress and onto Bidean Nam Bian. The descent leads you over Stob Coire Nan Lochan and into the beautiful coire below for an unhurried descent back to the pub.