Gillies Mountain Tours

Gillies Mountain Tours


GLENCOE. Awesome scenery.

Glencoe's most famous mountain

Summit of Stob Dearg
Summit of Stob Dearg

Buachaille Etive Mor, Stob Dearg 1021m and Stob na Broige 956m

Dates: May - Sep 

Difficulty: moderate/hard

Time: 7-9 hours

Distance: 13km, 1110m ascent.

Buachaille Etive Mor is one of the most iconic (and most photographed) mountains in Scotland and for good reason. It's impressive shape from the roadside makes it look almost impregnable to all but the rock climber. However the "Buachaille" not only has many fantastic rock climbing and scrambling routes but it also has a way for walkers through the impressive Coire na Tulaich.

Starting at the carpark at Altnafeadh, we follow the route past the SMC hut at Lagangarbh before taking the path into Corrie na Tulaich. We continue on the steep route to the head of the coire, through boulder fields and rough scree before finally reaching the broad ridge. From here we follow the rough path up the broad ridge and to the first summit of Stob Dearg, a superb viewpoint and a great spot to linger on a summers day. 

We trace the route back to the headwall before continuing the long ascent along the fabulous ridge towards the top of Stob na Doire and then continue  to the second munro of Stob na Brioge.

The return journey takes us back along the same route to the bealach just after the top of Stob na Doire, where a good path  with some minor scrambling descends to the glen below and back to the start point. 

The three sisters, Glencoe

Looking towards Bidean nam Bian and stob corrie nan lochan
Looking towards Bidean nam Bian and stob corrie nan lochan

Bidean nam Bian 1150m, Stob coire Sgreamhach 1072m

Dates : flexible, May - Oct 

Grade: moderate/hard

Time: 7-9 hours

Distance: 12km, 1316m ascent

The highest of all the Glencoe mountains, Bidean nam Bian is a fantastic peak with great ridges and atmospheric coires. We begin the walk at the popular viewpoint in Glencoe before taking the well maintained path across the river and up between Gear Aonach and Aonach Dubh.

The path is steep but good progress is quickly made past some lovely waterfalls with great views of the surrounding hills. The route then takes us above the majestic cliffs of coire nan lochan and onto the summit of Stob coire nan lochan. From here we make a brief descent along the ridge before the final climb to Bidean nam Bian , where on a clear day the views are breathtaking.

We then follow the SW ridge to the head of Coire Gabhail (also known as the lost valley) and climb steeply to the sharp summit of Stob coire Sgreamhach before retracing our steps back to the head of Coire Gabhail.

We then descend steeply before picking up a good path through the magnificent lost valley and on through the trees and boulders before we walk the final stretch back to the start point. 

The "wee buachle".

Looking across to Stob Coire Raineach.
Looking across to Stob Coire Raineach.

Buachaille Etive Beag & Stob Corie Raineach.

Dates. flexible, April - October 

Grade: Easy

Time: 5-6 hours

Distance : 8km , 900m ascent.

These fine hills are a fantastic introduction to he Glencoe munros, with superb views on a clear day.

Starting from the heart of Glencoe the route takes us up a well maintained path before ascending to the bealach between the 2 munros. We then climb the first Munro of Stob Corie Raineach via a steep rocky path before returning to the bealach.  The route then takes us to our second munro of the day via a wide ridge which eventually narrows before the final ascent to Stob Dubh. We then retrace or route, returning  to the bealach before descending back to the Glen. 

Glencoe outliers


Creise 1100m & Meall a Bhuiridh 1108m

Dates: May- Oct.

Grade: Moderate

Time: 5-7 hours

Distance: 10.5km 1093m ascent 

These fine munros tower above the meeting point of Glencoe and Glen Etive  with stunning views in all directions.The route starts from the white corries ski centre where we ascend the path below the chairlift before leaving the lifts behind to head up the wide slopes of Meall a Bhuiridh. The views from the summit across Rannoch moor are fantastic.The route then takes us along a rocky ridge to the broad spine of our second munro, Creise.

The views are impressive in all directions. We return by the retracing the outward route back over the ridge to the first peak and down through the ski centre.