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Walk Scotland's Ben Nevis and Glen Coe region with a Cicerone guidebook

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15 Dec 2016
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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
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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