Bidean nam Bian from the Aonach Eagach

Bidean nam Bian

Munro mountain above Glencoe

Bidean nam Bian is the vast and complex mountain on the southern side of Glencoe. The name is given to both the mountain itself and to the summit, which is the highest point in Argyll.


Bidean nam Bian


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Height 1149.4m
Prominence 845m
Meaning pinnacle of the hills
Lists Munro, 24
Location Bidean nam Bian, Strath Orchy to Glen Coe
Grid Ref NN144542
Lat/Lon 56.64284, -5.02925


Driving through Glencoe, only glimpses of Bidean nam Bian's summit can be seen as it is hidden for the most part by high and intimidating cliffs and buttresses. With the complex topography of Bidean nam Bian, hillwalkers are spoilt for route choice, though most will opt for a route also including Bidean nam Bian's south-easterly Munro summit Stob Coire Sgreamhach.

From Glencoe, there are three popular starting points for routes up Bidean nam Bian and Stob Coire Sgreamhach - by Loch Achtriochtan, through Coire nan Lochan and via the 'Lost Valley' - an eery place where the MacDonalds hid from the Campbells during the notorious masacre of Glencoe. There are well constructed paths from these points, though higher up the paths disappear through boulderfield.

A superb easy rock-scrambling route called the 'Zig-zags' aims up the central spur of the Three Sisters and continues onto Bidean nam Bian's main summit via Stob Coire nan Lochan.

Fit hillwalkers can hike extended routes possibly includng nearby peaks of Sgurr na h-Ulaidh or even the Aonach Eagach on the opposite side of Glencoe.



Hillwalking routes up Bidean nam Bian



1. Bidean nam Bian from Glencoe »


Starting at Loch Achtriochtan and ending up with a descent through eery 'Lost Valley', this ia a wonderful route to bag the Munros of Bidean nam Bian and Stob Coire Sgreamhach

Ascent : 1300m (4270ft)
Distance : 10km (6m)
Time : 4:30hr

2. Bidean nam Bian and Sgurr na h-Ulaidh »


Starting from Glencoe, Sgurr na h-Ulaidh can be linked to Bidean nam Bian and Stob Coire Sgreamhach, taking in the Corbetts of Meall Lighiche and Beinn Maol Chaluim. A big and rough undertaking !

Ascent : 2375m (7790ft)
Distance : 25km (16m)
Time : 10:15hr

3. Bidean nam Bian via the Zig-Zags »


A super summer rock-scrambling route up Bidean nam Bian, heading up via Gearr Aonach and Stob Coire nan Lochan. There are a couple of exposed Grade 1 (bordering on Grade 2) rock-scrambling pitches on the Zig-Zags part of this route where some people may find the use of a rope reassuring.

Ascent : 1325m (4350ft)
Distance : 10km (6m)
Time : 5hr



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Sunset over Bidean nam BianSunset over Bidean nam Bian
Bidean nam Bian's summit from Stob Coire SgreamhachBidean nam Bian's summit from Stob Coire Sgreamhach
The Three Sisters from the Aonach EagachThe Three Sisters from the Aonach Eagach
Aiming up Bidean nam Bian via the Zig-Zags and Stob Coire nan LochanAiming up Bidean nam Bian via the Zig-Zags and Stob Coire nan Lochan
The 'Lost Valley' of Bidean nam BianThe 'Lost Valley' of Bidean nam Bian
Looking from Sgurr na h-Ulaidh to Bidean nam BianLooking from Sgurr na h-Ulaidh to Bidean nam Bian




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