Our blog - Glencoe Munros, May'17

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Glencoe Munros

5-7 May 2017
An extended weekend hiking up some Munros in Glencoe in early May. Emma was leading...

An absolutely stunning 3 days in Glencoe !

We started with an ascent of Buachaille Etive Mor, the steep climb up the almost bone dry Coire na Tulaich was rewarded with incredible views as soon as the saddle was reached. We made our way onto the first Munro, Stob Dearg where we savoured the views across Rannoch Moor whilst enjoying an early lunch. The ridge walk to the second Munro, Stob na Brioge was Scotland at its best, with patches of spring snow remaining which cooled our 4 legged companion. The views were tremendous the whole day. A steep descent saw us into the Lairig Mor and from there we made our way cross country to the mountain hut Lagangarbh. Here Eileen very kindly produced tea, scones and cake for everyone, ending a magnificent day in the Coe !

Bidean nam Bian was our target for the second day. We started the day with a climb into the Lost Valley from where steep slopes rise all around. The north face of Bidean was holding onto good amounts of snow and looked Alpine in nature. It isn't possible to be in Glencoe without re-telling the story of the Massacre of Glencoe and the part the Lost Valley played in the MacDonald's exploits. There was some snow lying at the top of the exit onto the ridge and we carefully scrambled round it to attain the col. The views from the Bidean ridge surpassed yesterday's views, with the greater altitude we were able to see as far as the Paps of Jura, Isle of Tiree, Ben More on Mull and Skye's entire Black Cuillin range. We headed onto Stob Coire Sgreamhach first and then up to Bidean. Stob Coire nan Lochan followed by a superb ridge walk along the crest of the cliffs and a descent to some small lochans, before the long descent back to the road.

Buachaille Etive Beag served as a fitting end to our Glencoe adventures. The climb onto the bealach was relatively painless and it was a great place to stop for a snack. The views towards BuachailleEtiveMorwere a wonderful reminder of our first day and the out and back walk along the ridge to take in both the Munro summits was a pleasure to be on. We enjoyed 360 degree panoramas in all directions and ate our lunch looking down the full length of Loch Etive from near the highest point Stob Dubh. It was definitely a day when no one wanted to leave the summit !

More photos by Emma are here on Flickr.

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