The translation of Buachaille Etive Beag (pronounced: booachil etiv bek) is Small Herdsman of Etive.
This is a fairly moderate climb, thats boggy in places and very steep for most of the climb into the bealach. Once in the bealach, the ridge walking begins and the only difficulty is deciding where to point your camera!
Approx time taken: 6 hours
Getting ThereFrom Glasgow take the A82 road via Loch Lomond direct to Glencoe.
Glencoe can also be accessed from Stirling, Perth or Edinburgh by joining the A85 road or from Fort William by joining the A82 road southbound.
Car parking is available directly across from The Study.
Regular buses run along the A82 road from Glasgow and Edinburgh heading for Fort William.
At this point you have the option of which of the two Munro peaks to do first or second. You can either do Stob Coire Raineach first or Stob Dubh first. My personal preference was to pick off the latter first as this was furtherst away.
Bealach to Stob Dubh
Head SW upwards to the unnamed peak(925ft). Continue along the ridge which narrows at points, until a short climb brings you atop. Head for the second cairn as this is the true summit. Return back along the ridge to the bealach.
Bealach to Stob Coire Raineach
Head NE up through steep rocky ground (The path skirts through the rocks and ocassionaly disappears so care should be taken in poor visibility) until reaching the summit cairn. If you wish you can continue NE to Stob nan Cabar as this will give you a view down onto the Glencoe road. Return back down to the bealach.
From the bealach descend back down to the car park the way you came up.
Essential GearSummer conditions: Backpack, walking boots/trainers, hat, gloves, water, food, waterproofs(your in Scotland you can bet it is going to rain at some point), map, compass, first aid kit, penknife, spare socks, walking poles can be good to ease the jarring on the old knees and your camera.
Winter conditions: All of the above and ice axe, crampons, helmet and rope.