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Ben Nevis and Glen Coe

by Ronald Turnbull
Book published by Cicerone Press

Guidebook to 100 graded walks for Ben Nevis and Glen Coe. The Lochaber routes include walking near Kinlochleven, Fort William, the Grey Corries, the Mamores, the Black Mount and Ben Cruachan. The routes range from gentle strolls to bothy treks and cover 43 Munro summits and 3 scrambles.

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A guidebook to 100 walking routes around Ben Nevis and Glen Coe, on either side of Loch Leven in Lochaber. The region's 43 Munro summits are covered, including 3 scrambles. Routes are clustered in 10 areas including Fort William and Glen Nevis, the Aonachs, the Mamores, Kinlochleven, Glen Coe, Glen Etive, Black Mount and Ben Cruachan. All the areas have routes highlighted on overview maps. All routes are graded for difficulty, and arranged between short, easy strolls and long, challenging walks with overnight bothy stays.

The Lochaber area offers the a great concentration of magnificent mountains. From the Black Mount to the Grey Corries, from Ben Nevis to Buachaille Etive Mor, this is country for linking high peak to high peak along sharp and sometimes rocky ridges. Here too are low-level walks between, rather than over, these most spectacular of summits. Gentle footpaths from the Caledonian Canal to the Nevis Gorge and the birch woods of Kinlochleven are just the start. Beyond are great through-routes along empty glens by lonely bothies to the edges of Rannoch Moor. The area is notable for tent or bothy treks that are short (2-4 days), and well supplied with villages, railways and bus stops, but still serious in terms of remoteness and scenery. 

  • Seasons
    Low-level walks and scrambles: April to end of October recommended. High-level routes: snow on tops Dec to April or later. July to Sept: beware of midges.
  • Centres
    Fort William, Glen Nevis, Spean Bridge, Corrour Station, Kinlochleven, Glencoe, Orchy, Inveroran, Dalmally, Taynuilt, Oban
  • Difficulty
    High, low and mid-level walks: all graded for length and difficulty. Also some longer treks and through-routes. Variety of walking routes suitable for all abilities.
  • Must See
    43 Munro summits, Aonach Eagach ridge scramble, the Grey Corries, the Black Mount, Bidean, Ben Cruachan, Nevis Gorge, Carn Mor Dearg Arête, Ring of Steall, Cruachan Horseshoe, climb Ben Nevis
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‘Glen Coe, Glen Coe, it’s the place to go…’
Oh, Sir Hugh Munro
Walking conditions
When to go
Safety in the mountains
Compass and GPS
How to use this book
Part 1 Fort William and Glen Nevis
Walk 1 Cow Hill and Druimarbin
Walk 2 Nevis Gorge
Walk 3 Meall Cumhann
Walk 4 Down Glen Nevis
Walk 5 Corrour Station to Glen Nevis
Walk 6 Caledonian Canal
Part 2 Ben Nevis and the Aonachs
Summit Summary: Ben Nevis
Walk 7 Ben Nevis by the Mountain Track
Walk 8 Carn Mor Dearg Arête
Walk 9 Ledge Route
Walk 10 Half Ben Nevis (CIC Hut)
Walk 11 Meall an t-Suidhe
Walk 12 Carn Mor Dearg East Ridge
Walk 13 Aonach Beag from the Back
Walk 14 Aonach Mor by Gondola and Stob an Cul Choire
Part 3 Grey Corries and Spean Bridge
Summmit Summary: Grey Corries
Walk 15 Grey Corries Ridge
Walk 16 Coire an Eoin
Walk 17 Stob Coire Easain North Ridge
Walk 18 Stob Coire Claurigh North Ridge
Walk 19 Cul Coirean
Walk 20 Lairig Leacach and Lochan Rath
Walk 21 Lairig Leacach to Stob Ban
Walk 22 Meanach Bothy to Stob Ban
Walk 23 The Innses
Walk 24 Lairig Leacach: Corrour to Spean Bridge
Part 4 Mamores
Summit Summary: Mamores
Walk 25 Mamores Main Ridge Eastbound
Walk 25A Bodach Bypass: Eastbound
Walk 26 Mullach nan Coirean North Ridge
Walk 27 Stob Ban North Ridge
Walk 28 Coire Mhusgain
Walk 29 Sgurr a’ Mhaim and Devil’s Ridge
Walk 29A Escaping the Devil
Walk 30 Gearanach and Garbhanach
Walk 31 Escape from Coire a’ Mhail
Walk 32 Round the Back to Binnein Mor
Walk 33 Sgurr Eilde Beag to Binnein Mor
Walk 34 Coire na Ba to Stob Coire a’ Chairn
Walk 35 Am Bodach East Corrie
Walk 36 Sgurr an Fhuarain: Descent
Walk 37 Coire na h-Eirghe
Walk 38 Mamores Main Ridge Westbound
Walk 38A Bodach Bypass: Westbound
Walk 39 Ring of Steall
Walk 40 The Back of the Binneins
Part 5 Kinlochleven
Walk 41 Mam na Gualainn
Walk 42 Kinlochleven’s Pipeline Path
Walk 43 Blackwater Dam
Walk 44 The Back of the Blackwater
Walk 45 Loch Eilde Mor to Lairig Leacach
Walk 46 Gleann Iolairean or Leum Uilleim to Corrour
Part 6 Glen Coe
Walk 47 The Thunderbolt: Beinn a’ Bheithir
Walk 48 Meall Lighiche and Sgor na h-Ulaidh
Walk 49 Signal Rock
Walk 50 Hospital Lochan
Walk 51 Pap of Glencoe
Walk 52 Aonach Eagach
Walk 53 Am Bodach and the End of the Aonach Eagach
Walk 54 Buachaille Etive Beag
Walk 55 The Big Buachaille
Walk 56 Round Buachaille Beag: the Two Passes
Walk 57 Beinn a’ Chrulaiste
Walk 58 The Lost Valley Visit
Part 7 Bidean nam Bian
Summit Summary: Bidean nam Bian
Walk 59 Coire nam Beitheach to Stob Coire nam Beith
Walk 60 East Coire nam Beitheach
Walk 61 Aonach Dubh to Stob Coire nan Lochan
Walk 62 Stob Coire nan Lochan Northeast Ridge
Walk 63 Gearr Aonach by the Zigzags
Walk 64 The Lost Valley
Walk 65 Beinn Fhada
Walk 66 Stob Coire Sgreamhach from Lairig Eilde
Walk 67 Dalness Waterfall Way
Walk 68 Beinn Maol Chaluim
Walk 69 Old Glencoe Road
Part 8 Glen Etive
Walk 70 Beinn Sgulaird
Walk 71 Beinn Fhionnlaidh
Walk 72 Beinn Trilleachan
Walk 73 Ben Starav
Walk 74 The Back of Starav
Walk 75 Glas Bheinn Mhor
Walk 76 Stob Coir’ an Albannaich and Meall nan Eun
Walk 77 Loch Etive Linear
Part 9 Black Mount
Summit Summary: Black Mount
Walk 78 Stob Ghabhar by Mam nan Sac
Walk 79 Stob Ghabhar South Ridge
Walk 80 Coirein Lochain of Stob Ghabhar
Walk 81 Stob a’ Choire Odhair to Stob Ghabhar
Walk 82 Meall a’ Bhuiridh to Creise
Walk 83 Sron na Creise
Walk 84 Beinn Mhic Chasgaig
Walk 85 The Black Mount Traverse: Northbound
Walk 86 The Black Mount Traverse: Southbound
Walk 87 Beinn Ceitlein to Black Mount
Walk 88 Beinn nan Aighenan
Walk 89 Glen Kinglass
Part 10 Ben Cruachan and Oban
Summit Summary: Ben Cruachan
Walk 90 Cruachan Horseshoe
Walk 91 Meall Cuanail
Walk 92 Beinn a’ Bhuiridh add-on
Walk 92A Descent North from Beinn a’ Bhuiridh
Walk 93 Cruachan Ridge in Reverse
Walk 94 Dalmally Horseshoe
Walk 95 Stob Garbh Southeast Ridge
Walk 96 Drochaid Ghlas Northeast Ridge
Walk 97 Cruachan Reservoir
Walk 98 Eunuch and Cockle
Walk 99 Kerrera Island
Walk 100 Beinn Lora
The Long Routes
Appendix 1 Access (in particular during the deer-stalking season)
Appendix 2 Information and Accommodation
Appendix 3 Further Reading
Appendix 4 Geology
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