Ben Nevis and Glen Coe

100 low, mid, and high level walks

By Ronald Turnbull

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.



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.


Fort William, Glen Nevis, Spean Bridge, Corrour Station, Kinlochleven, Glencoe, Orchy, Inveroran, Dalmally, Taynuilt, Oban


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

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
15 Dec 2016
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.8cm
  • Overview

    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.

  • Contents

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

    The guidebook details 100 graded walking routes in Scotland's Ben Nevis and Glen Coe region, which, with its sublime scenery and rewarding vistas, is home to some of the finest walking in the UK. The routes in this guide range from short, easy strolls in hills often forgotten in the lure of greater heights, to challenging ascents with overnight bothy stays. 

    Many of the routes reflect the author's belief that great things can be discovered away from the popular tourist trails. However, the highLights of this area 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.

    Alongside step-by-step route descriptions and detailed maps, the guide offers practical advice surrounding transport, food, safety and where to stay, plus background information on the area's fascInating geology.

    Adventure Travel magazine

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Ronald Turnbull

Ronald Turnbull writes regularly for TGO, Lakeland Walker, Trail and Cumbria magazines. His previous books include Across Scotland on Foot, Long Days in Lakeland and Welsh 3000ft Challenges. He has written many other Cicerone guides, including Walking in the Lowther Hills, The Book of the Bivvy and Not the West Highland Way.

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