Buachaille Etive Beag

Date : 27th August 2023

Buachaille Etive Beag is often overlooked in favour of its more illustrious neighbour. It is, however, a magnificent ridge in its own right, offering superlative views down Loch Etive and of the surrounding peaks of Glencoe. It also has the benefit of an excellent path easing the ascent and descent from the Lairig Èilde.



We will aim for the most westerly car park (to the left on the map). It is marked as the Buachaille Etive Beag car park on Google Maps. We may have to use the car park to the east if it is busy.

Walking Notes

Walking Itinerary

Leave Stirling – 07:15 (Premier Inn Stirling City Centre)

Arrive Glencoe – 09:00

Start of Walk – 09:30

Finish Walk – 15:30


Arrive back in Stirling – 17:30-18:00



What will I need?

Suitable comfortable footwear – ideally walking boots/shoes.  If it is wet then the steps can become a bit slippy.

Lunch to be taken to eat on the mountain (we have built in time to stop at the Green Welly Stop in Tyndrum)

For a warm summer walk, we recommend 2 litres of water each person.

All food and drink will need to be carried yourselves so a suitable bag/rucksack. 

Lightweight suitable clothing – the summit temperature and weather conditions may vary from the start, so layers and rain coat are recommended. 

Positive mental attitude – we all want to make it to the top, and back again!


Other Items to consider


Map and Compass
Mobile phone battery charger (hopefully not required but useful in case you are taking lots of photos / videos).
Oat bars, energy drinks, gels 

Download OS Locate onto your phone (via AppSotre or whatever you Android folks use). Its free and will us GPS to give you a location via a grid reference.


Weather Forecasts

The weather can be a bit changeable in the Scottish Highlands so its work keeping an eye on the forecasts. 

Mountain Weather Information Service – West Highlands

This is updated daily with a three day forecast. Our forecast should be available from around 4pm on Thursday 24th


Met Office – Stob Dubh (Buachaille Etive Beag). 

Met Office will give a forecast for the top of the hill (temp and winds will be different to the bottom of the glen).


Mobile Phone Receptions

We are travelling to a low population area so there will be no mobile reception at the start of the walk. If you have to cancel on the day please let us know as early as possible as we will have no way of checking when we are at the car park. There is usually very good mobile signals on the top of the hill.



Midgies (aka The Scottish Air Force)

Please bring your favourite insect repellent. 

Midgies and clegs will hang around until the first frosts of the season (the first fronts usually happen in early September). 

Look up the Midge Forecast