Buachaille Etive Mor
Buachaille Etive Mor
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A favorite for climbers and hikers, this is one of Scotland's most graceful and most photographed mountains.
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Debra M
Edinburgh, UK125 contributions
Sep 2021
You don't have to climb it to enjoy Buachaille Etive Mor! There is a small parking lot off the single track road. It is a photographer's must-go spot in the area, so can be busy sometimes. My advice is to wear a midgie net and liberally apply Smidge, the wonder insect repellent, if you are there anytime except winter. It can also be muddy, so pack your wellies. Be careful if you venture onto the rocks in the stream because they can be slippery and the water can be fast-moving.
Written September 9, 2021
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Scotlandmac
Glasgow, UK12,349 contributions
May 2015 • Couples
Translates from the Gaelic as The Great Herdsman of Etive.

Pronounced boo - ach - keel -yi and NEVER 'the boochel' (aargh....painful to hear and Scots often say this too!)

Etive - pronounced etchiv. Mor becomes 'vore' and the 'v' sounds of the two words run into each other....so....

Boo ach keel yi echiv ore.

Easy when you practice!

Written June 22, 2015
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Graeme
East Kilbride, UK1,101 contributions
Jun 2018 • Couples
The Buachaille is a stark way point for Glencoe and Glen Etive. My climbing days are sadly over but the views in snow are epic. Take care driving down Etive. Some drivers have never seen or used a passing place before.
Written September 12, 2018
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Al M
Melrose, UK127 contributions
Apr 2014 • Friends
Every time I drive this road and catch my first sight of the Buachaille, the hairs on my arms and neck tingle. This a magnificent part of the mountain range and if you can manage it, well worth the climb, with its views back across Rannoch Moor or along Glencoe valley. The whole area has to be one of the most beautiful in the world. No exaggeration.
Written September 1, 2014
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John W
Manchester85 contributions
Jul 2013 • Family
I defy anyone who loves the hills not to stop in their tracks at their first sight of Buchaille Etive Mor (The big Herdsman/Shepherd of Etive). It appears as a perfect pyramid when driving from Tyndrum towards Glencoe and a stop at the layby just after the Glen Etive turnoff is a must. As other reviewers have said, Glen Etive itself is wonderful, so I'll concentrate on the mountain.

The Buchaille Etive Mor massif stretches from Stob Dearg in the NE to Stob na Broige in the SW. But the summit you gaze at from the road is Stob Dearg. My son and I went up via Curved Ridge, a grade 3 scramble of sustained interest and in a fantastic location alongside the rock climbs of the Rannoch Wall.

Park on the A82 near the white Lagangarbh hut. Walk past the building then fork left to avoid the Coire na Tulaich path and skirt below the buttresses (Lagangarbh, Broad, Great Gully and North Buttresses) before heading towards the obvious feature of the waterslide slab.

Finding the start of Curved Ridge is straightforward once the Waterslide Slab is gained and the verical Rannoch Wall is identified on the far side of Crowberry Ridge. Curved ridge lies to the left of the Rannoch wall separated from it by Easy Gully. At the basin at the bottom of Easy Gully scramble left up a series of short walls on good holds, pausing only to watch the rock climbers opposite and admire the expanding view. At the top of the ridge, a slightly exposed rightwards traverse and a further short scramble brings you to the one of the best picnic spots in Britain, Crowberry Tower. Descend left via a cunning little down climb into Crowberry Gap before the final clamber to the top of Stob Dearg.

You can then descend via the path down the gouge of Coire na Tulaich or even better, follow the length of the ridge. Some backtracking is needed to descend into Coire Altruim via a largely made path which meets the impressively well-made Lairig Gartain path (huge stepping stones over the wet bits) to lead back to the A82 and the car.

Not knowing what to expect on our first visit we took a rope and a small rack of gear, but found them unnecessary in the dry and snow-free conditions of early July.

The more usual ascent from Lagangarbh via Coire na Tulaich is a pretty good alternative if you prefer to avoid the steep stuff. However, take proper care in snow as, sadly, there have been fatal avalanches here in recent years.

Details of the walks on this and the surrounding mountains are given in the excellent Cicerone guide "Ben Nevis and Glen Coe - 100 walks in Lochaber". Details of the many scrambles on the Big Buchaille are to be found in "Scrambles in Lochaber" from the same publisher.
Written August 20, 2013
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KAJ
Edinburgh, UK54 contributions
Dec 2017 • Family
Take the road to glen etive from the main Glencoe road. The buachaille mountain is on your right. Drive 100 yards and pull in to the small parking space, cross the road and walk 50 yards towards the buachaille mountain and you will see the most beautiful scene, with the river raging and the mountain in the background. You can then drive for 12 miles along glen Etive ( very narrow road) taking in breathtaking views around every corner.

Great place to see deer at VERY close quarters.
Written December 27, 2017
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Malcolm McD
Glasgow, UK449 contributions
Jun 2021
This is a fabulous climb but you need to be experienced and fit to get to the summit. However, there are plenty of easy trails to hike and walk to enjoy the stunning scenery.
Written July 5, 2021
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Tykesmum
Stirlingshire, UK100 contributions
Apr 2016 • Friends
This mighty piece of rock looks like a shark tooth when viewed from a distance. Up close or far away it is always impressive. It stands at the entrance to two Glens , Glencoe and Glen Etive and is stunning in all weathers. I have taken literally hundreds of photographs of this mountain and still it draws me back.
Go yourself and see one of the greatest sights in the British Isles.
Written April 30, 2016
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Kinkosha
Glasgow, UK282 contributions
Sep 2013 • Friends
One of the most beautiful places in Scotland. A must see place if you're hug fan of hillwalking, hiking or nature lover. The area is extremely picturesque. Watch out for signs as some of the areas are designed for hunting.
Written August 19, 2014
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Auchtubhmor1
Lochearnhead, UK14 contributions
Jul 2019 • Friends
I was guiding two people up Lagangarbh Buttress today, and on the summit we found three separate couples looking for an easy way down the front face to meet up with the footpath down below which showed up clearly in their mobile apps. There isn’t one! So please be aware that if you go up Coire na Tullaich, you need to go down the same way. This is a proper mountain and not just an easy hike. There is plenty of rough ground. The views are stunning though, so highly recommended as long as you have some experience of being in the mountains.
Written July 2, 2019
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