Walking Buachaille Etive Beag – Map the Route
One of the best hikes for newbies to Glen Coe. On a clear day you will enjoy truly stunning views in all directions – inlcuding over desolate Rannoch Moor, empty Glen Etive and the inimitable Glen Coe itself. Hiking novices should build up to this one as the ascent can be hard going, especially in wet and/or windy weather. For a more advanced challenge, trying neighbouring Buachaille Etive Mor, arguably the most distinctive mountain in all of Scotland.
Height: 958 metres (3143 feet). There are two Munros on the mountain. Bonus points if you can bag them both.
Time Taken: 5-6 hours return, give or take.
Difficulty: Moderate. A consistently steep ascent to reach the bealach. On reaching the ridge Stob Dudh is a fairly easy walk from here, Stob Coire Raineach is more challenging. The map below picks out both peaks (re-tracing of steps required) but you may choose to opt for only one of the two. The blue marker pin on the map indicates where you branch off to tackle either or both of the summits. Descent is by the same way, returning to the main road.
Buachaille Etive Beag Hiking Map
You can trace the full route in the interactive map below. The route starts and ends in the same place. Zoom in and out as needed and, to keep you from getting lost, this map is built with geolocation incorporated into it. That means when you are physically there, you can use your mobile device to see where you are in relation to the route. Please note that your real time location marker may not be exact 100% of the time and is at the mercy of Google geolocation. You will also need to allow Location Services on your device for it to work – same as you would for a Google Map. Therefore, a good, old-fashioned map is still advisable for all rural walking routes.
Using the Map
Take note of the icons running vertically on the left of the map. From top to bottom you can:
- Zoom in and out of the map.
- Make the map fullscreen on your device (the ‘broken square’ icon).
- See where you are by geolocation in real time (the ‘pin’ icon). Note my above points about geolocation and that geolocation can never be 100% accurate.
- Return the map to its starting position (the ‘house’ icon).
The map format has been pre-set to Terrain so as to include contour lines specifically. You can, though, change the map appearance via the icon in the top right eg. to Google roadmap.