The Aonach Eagach forms an excellent scrambling ridge approximately 4 km in length on the north side of Glencoe. The ridge runs east to west with the main tops of Meall Dearg (951m) on the eastern side and Sgor nam Fiannaide (967 m) on the west.
While the scrambling is not too technical, the ridge traverse is nevertheless a serious proposition with a good deal of exposure in parts and no safe routes down should the weather change, apart from at either end. In winter conditions the ridge becomes a Scottish grade II/III.
The usual route is from east to west, ascend from Allt-na-reigh on the Glencoe road up to Am Bodach. From Am Bodach follow the ridge, scrambling over the rocky section of The Chancellor then up to Meall Dearg. Then the route crosses the pinnacles (about 1 km of sustained and exposed scrambling) and on to Stob Coire Leith. The ridge then becomes easier for the final pull up to Sgor nam Fiannaidh. The usual descent is south down the path alongside the Clachaigh gully (starts approximately 1 km west of Sgor nam Fiannaidh) however, take care as the path is very steep and very loose.
Glencoe can be reached by driving north from Glasgow on the A82 (2-3 hours) or south from Fort William (30 minutes). The Aonach Eagach is on the north side of Glen Coe.
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When To Climb
The mountain can be climbed year round, however in winter conditions it is a much tougher proposition. In summer it can get pretty busy at weekends - much better to save an ascent for mid-week.
Two camp sites (NTS and Red Squirrel) and bunkhouse (Leacanturm Farm) accomodation in Glencoe and several others around Fort William.
Beware of changing weather conditions - Scottish weather can be wild at anytime of the year and can change very quickly. Also the midges are evil in summer - use a good insect repellant