Stob Coire Sgreamhach (Translation; Peak of the Fearful Corrie) is located in Glencoe, just to the east of the areas largest peak Bidean nam Bian. Stob Coire Sgreamhach (Pronounced; Stop korra skree-yach) stands at a height of 1072m/3517ft and is listed as No.65 in the Scottish Munro's list.
Sgreamhach and the subsidary long ridge of Beinn Fhada that stretches out towards Glencoe, form the jagged outline at the head of Coire Gabhail (The Lost Valley), and it is from this corrie that the peak is most commonly ascended. The hike up and into Coire Gabhail requires a steep climb up next to the Allt Coire Gabhail before the terrain eventually levels and you find yourself in amongst the corries surprisingly flat and lush lower reaches. The route along the long lengths of Coire Gabhail eventually leads to the bealach between Sgreamhach and Bidean. The final stages to the bealach are covered in scree and the many feet trampling up and down over the years have caused serious erosion, making the going underfoot quite difficult. From the bealach, a gentle climb east south east will lead to the summit cairn.
There are splendid views to be had once on the summit, with all of the Glencoe peaks in the east, north and west visible on a clear day. To the south, the views into Glen Etive and all the way down to Loch Etive are truly marvellous.
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.
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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 Bidean nam Bian 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;
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.
Central Highlands by Peter Hodgkiss
The Munros by Donald Bennet & Rab Anderson
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