The Buachaille Etive Beag is situated within the picturesque area of Glencoe and sits directly west of its brother the Buachaille Etive Mor. Due to the attraction of the latter the Buachaille Etive Beag does not get the same noteriety as its sibling, although personally this is my favourite of the two. The ridge walk along to Stob Dubh is excellent and there is certainly a higher degree of solitude to be had here.
There is a slight similarity between both hills when viewed from the A82 road through Glencoe but the real resemblence to their relation is better defined when both are viewed from Glen Etive.
The translation of Buachaille Etive Beag (pronounced: booachil etiv bek) is Small Herdsman of Etive. Beag meaning small and Mor in the brother peaks name meaning big.
The Buachaille Etive Beag is basically made up of two peaks at either end of its 4km ridge with an unnamed peak in the centre. The two peaks are as follows:
Stob Coire Raineach: 925m/3035ft, Pronounced: Stop Kora Ran-ach, Translation: Peak of the Corrie of the Ferns (This peak was promoted to a munro in a revision of the tables in 1997)
Stob Dubh: 958m/3143ft, Pronounced: Stop Doo, Translation: Black Peak.
The views from either peak on a clear day are extensive and include The Black Mount, The Mamores, Ben Nevis range and of course a close up view of the surrounding Glencoe peaks.
Approx journey time: 5 to 7 hours
For arriving in Scotland and making your way to Glencoe, the best airports to arrive in are;
From Glasgow take the A82 road via Loch Lomond northbound direct to Glencoe.
From Inverness take the A82 southbound via Fort William direct to Glencoe.
From Edinburgh take the M9 to Stirling, then take the A84 Callander road, becoming the A85 until merging with the A82 northbound road at Crianlarich then on to Glencoe.
Rail, Bus or Ferry
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There is no red tape in Scotland due to the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 which incorporated the Scottish Outdoor Access Code. This code, which commenced on the 9th of February 2005, has established statutory rights of access to land and inland water for outdoor recreation.
The following aspects should be taken into consideration when you are in the Scottish countryside;
The best place to base yourself for climbing Buachaille Etive Beag is in or around the Glencoe area. Below is a selection of available accommodation;
Lodges & B&B's
Hostels & Campsites
Wild camping is totally legal in Scotland and can be done in various locations in Glencoe. This is due to the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 that was mentioned earlier. Here are some of the basic rules that should be adopted when wild camping;
Central Highlands by Peter Hodgkiss
The Munros by Donald Bennet & Rab Anderson
The Corbetts and Other Scottish Hills by Rob Milne & Hamish Brown
The Grahams and The Donalds by Rab Anderson & Tom Prentice
Glencoe Climbers Guide by Rab Anderson, Ken Crocket & David Cuthbertson
Highland Scrambles South by Iain Thow
Ski Mountaineering in Scotland by Donald Bennet & Bill Wallace
Hostile Habitats by Mark Wrightham & Nick Kempe
Scottish Hill Names by Peter Drummond
Ben Nevis & Glencoe by Ronald Turnbull
The weather conditions in Glencoe can alter rapidly and you should ensure you are fully prepared for all weather eventualities. The following websites will provide invaluable information on the expected conditions for your planned trip;
As stated, the peaks in the Glencoe region sit close to the west coast of Scotland. This can have a strong affect on the conditions on the mountains and it is a regular occurrence for Glencoe to experience its very own weather system and for it to totally differ to the weather in the nearby towns and villages. More detail can be found on the reasons for this occurrence on Proterra's article: Mountain meteorology of Scotland.