Buachaille Etive Mor | Gatekeeper of the Highlands | Trail Magazine

Buachaille Etive Mor, Glen Coe, Scotland by Trail Magazine

“If you’ve travelled this way you’ll know what I’m talking about: that feeling of excitement and awe as you approach the bulk of Buachaille Etive Mor. My stomach gave a little kick of anticipation as we sped through the dawn. Rannoch Moor was captivating in the early-morning mist and as the sun broke through, bathing the moor in golden light, I felt my heart notch up a gear at the sight. Today was going to be special – I could just feel it.

Today was the day I would be climbing the mountain that captured my heart the moment I first travelled this road: the bulky and solid set of four peaks that make up Buachaille Etive Mor. Stob Dearg (1022m) looms up on the left-hand side of the A82, acting as the gatekeeper to the North. When you dream of escaping to Scottish peaks it’s possibly the first sight that will pop into your head: Stob Dearg’s sturdy triangle dwarfing the white-washed climbers’ cottage at its foot.”

This was a fantastic walk and one of my highlights of working on Trail. The rest of the feature can be found in the September 2016 issue, with many more awesome write-ups from the team in the new issue.

Buachaille Etive Mor, Stob Dearg Trail Magazine


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