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Ben Nevis and Glen Coe

100 low, mid, and high level walks

by Ronald Turnbull
Book published by Cicerone Press

Guidebook to walking in Scotland's Ben Nevis and Glen Coe region, featuring 100 graded walks of 2 to 21 miles. The routes range from gentle walks to bothy treks and cover 43 Munro summits and 3 scrambles. The routes include walking near Kinlochleven, Fort William, the Grey Corries, the Mamores, the Black Mount and Ben Cruachan.

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This guidebook details 100 walking routes around Ben Nevis and Glen Coe, centred in 10 areas including Fort William and Glen Nevis, the Aonachs, the Mamores, Kinlochleven, Glen Coe, Glen Etive, Black Mount and Ben Cruachan. Routes are graded according to difficulty, and range between short, easy strolls and long, challenging walks with overnight bothy stays. The region's 44 Munro summits are covered, including 2 easy scrambles and the formidable traverse of Aonach Eagach's iconic jagged ridge. 

Alongside step-by-step route descriptions and mapping, the guide presents practical advice on transport, access, safety and where to stay plus background information on the area's fascinating geology.  

Many of the routes reflect the author's belief that the best rewards often lie off the popular tourist trails. Yet the highlights are all there: Buachaille Etive Mor, Aonach Eagach, the Mamores, the Grey Corries, Bidean nam Bian, Ben Starav, Carn Mor Dearg and of course, the mighty Ben Nevis. The book - like Glen Coe itself - encourages exploration and includes a helpful 'summit summary' to show different options and assist with route-planning. 

  • Activities
    Walking, scrambling, backpacking, trekking
  • 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
    44 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…’
Getting there, getting about, food and shelter
Oh, Sir Hugh Munro
Walking conditions
When to go
Safety in the mountains
Compass and GPS
Using this guide
1 Fort William and Glen Nevis
1 Cow Hill and Druimarbin
2 Nevis Gorge
3 Meall Cumhann
4 Down Glen Nevis
5 Corrour Station to Glen Nevis
6 Caledonian Canal
2 Ben Nevis and The Aonachs
Summit summary: Ben Nevis
7 Ben Nevis by the Mountain Track
8 Carn Mor Dearg Arête
9 Ledge Route
10 Half Ben Nevis (CIC Hut)
11 Meall an t-Suidhe
12 Carn Mor Dearg East Ridge
13 Aonach Beag from the Back
14 Aonach Mor by Gondola and Stob an Cul Choire
3 Grey Corries and Spean Bridge
Summit summary: Grey Corries
15 Grey Corries Ridge
16 Coire an Eoin
17 Stob Coire Easain North Ridge
18 Stob Coire Claurigh North Ridge
19 Cul Coirean (east corrie of Stob Coire Claurigh)
20 Lairig Leacach and Lochan Rath
21 Lairig Leacach to Stob Ban
22 Meanach Bothy to Stob Ban
23 The Innses
24 Lairig Leacach: Corrour to Spean Bridge
4 Mamores
Summit summary: Mamores
25 Mamores Main Ridge Eastbound
25A Bodach Bypass: Eastbound
26 Mullach nan Coirean North Ridge
27 Stob Ban North Ridge
28 Coire Mhusgain
29 Sgurr a’ Mhaim and Devil’s Ridge
29A Escaping the Devil
30 Gearanach and Garbhanach
31 Escape from Coire a’ Mhail
32 Round the Back to Binnein Mor
33 Sgurr Eilde Beag to Binnein Mor
34 Coire na Ba to Stob Coire a’ Chairn
35 Am Bodach East Corrie
36 Sgurr an Fhuarain: Descent
37 Coire na h-Eirghe (southwest corrie of Am Bodach)
38 Mamores Main Ridge Westbound
38A Bodach Bypass: Westbound
39 Ring of Steall
40 The Back of the Binneins
5 Kinlochleven
41 Mam na Gualainn
42 Kinlochleven’s Pipeline Path
43 Blackwater Dam
44 The Back of the Blackwater
45 Loch Eilde Mor to Lairig Leacach
46 Gleann Iolairean or Leum Uilleim to Corrour
6 Glen Coe
47 The Thunderbolt: Beinn a’ Bheithir
48 Meall Lighiche and Sgor na h-Ulaidh
49 Signal Rock
50 Glencoe Lochan
51 Pap of Glencoe
52 Aonach Eagach
53 Am Bodach and the End of the Aonach Eagach
54 Buachaille Etive Beag
55 The Big Buachaille
56 Round Buachaille Beag: the Two Passes
57 Beinn a’ Chrulaiste
58 The Lost Valley Visit
7 Bidean nam Bian
Summit summary: Bidean nam Bian
59 Coire nam Beitheach to Stob Coire nam Beith
60 East Coire nam Beitheach
61 Aonach Dubh to Stob Coire nan Lochan
62 Stob Coire nan Lochan Northeast Ridge
63 Gearr Aonach by the Zigzags
64 The Lost Valley
65 Beinn Fhada
66 Stob Coire Sgreamhach from Lairig Eilde
67 Dalness Waterfall Way
68 Beinn Maol Chaluim
69 Old Glencoe Road
8 Glen Etive
70 Beinn Sgulaird
71 Beinn Fhionnlaidh
72 Beinn Trilleachan
73 Ben Starav
74 The Back of Starav
75 Glas Bheinn Mhor
76 Tarsuinn Slabs: Meall nan Eun and Stob Coir’ an Albannaich
77 Loch Etive Linear
9 Black Mount
Summit summary: Black Mount
78 Stob Ghabhar by Mam nan Sac
79 Stob Ghabhar South Ridge
80 Coirein Lochain of Stob Ghabhar
81 Stob a’ Choire Odhair to Stob Ghabhar
82 Meall a’ Bhuiridh to Creise
83 Sron na Creise
84 Beinn Mhic Chasgaig
85 The Black Mount Traverse: Northbound
86 The Black Mount Traverse: Southbound
87 Beinn Ceitlein to Black Mount
88 Beinn nan Aighenan
89 Glen Kinglass
10 Ben Cruachan and Oban
Summit summary: Ben Cruachan
90 Cruachan Horseshoe
91 Meall Cuanail
92 Beinn a’ Bhuiridh add-on
92A Descent North from Beinn a’ Bhuiridh
93 Cruachan Ridge in Reverse
94 Dalmally Horseshoe
95 Stob Garbh Southeast Ridge
96 Drochaid Ghlas Northeast Ridge
97 Cruachan Reservoir
98 Eunuch and Cockle
99 Kerrera Island
100 Beinn Lora
Appendix A The long routes
Appendix B Access and deer stalking
Appendix C Information, accommodation and facilities
Appendix D Further reading
Appendix E Geology
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