Glencoe Guided Walks
Glencoe is one of the most famous and stunning glens in Scotland including the Lost Valley, Aonach Eagach, Bidean nam Bian and an outdoor enthusiasts’ playground, with walking, scrambling and climbing in abundance.
There are walking options for all abilities and fitness levels. Please see below for walk options.
Distance: 5km - 10km+
Ascent: 300m to 1150m
Terrain: Mostly rough mountain path
Duration: 1 or 2 days
Start/Finish: To Be Arraigned upon booking, location dependent
Some experience of mountain walking on rough ground. A good level of general fitness is desired. Walk options to suit everyone.
What we offer
All our guides are local to the area and have many years’ experience in the mountains, helping people navigate through the hills of Glencoe.
Our guides know the best routes and are very knowledgeable about the mountain environment, so the day can be easily split up with interesting chats, wildlife and great views along the way.
We only organise private groups for walks in Glencoe.
The prices quoted are for one guide per group or individual, so our walks will always go ahead.
With easy access from the A82 all the peaks of Glencoe can be discovered in day walks. There is a large range to choose from, whether you want to get up the high peaks or discover the hidden glens like the Lost Valley. There is a varying range of paths throughout Glencoe, from very well constructed stone paths to small rugged mountain tracks. So there are many options to choose from depending on your level of confidence, fitness and aspirations.
Below are some of the main walks in Glencoe.
Want to book for 2 days?
For the fitter more experienced hill walker - Stob Coire nan lochan on day 1 and Buachaille Etive Mor on day 2.
Or for an easier option the Lost Valley walk on Day 1 and ‘Peaks from the West Highland way’ on day 2.
Lost Valley walk (low level walking)
This is a very idyllic route travelling up beside the deep gorge that creates the Lost valley before emerging into the large, flat, river basin surrounded by high peaks. A great lunch spot. There is also the option to carry on up the valley to the high col, with options again to take in one of the summits. (4 hours total)
Pap of Glen Coe (mid level peak)
Standing above Glencoe village, the Pap offers a realistic goal for the day at 742m high. There is a good path in its lower slopes that then turns into a well-worn mountain path the higher you go. The slope up is steady but constant to the col, with the final rocky section to the summit. 360 degree views to Glencoe, Loch Linnhe and Ben Nevis. (5-6 hours total)
Buachaille Etive Mor (high munro)
This is one of the most photographed mountains in Scotland forming the gateway to Glencoe from the south. Standing alone ‘the Buachaille’ (pronounced Boukle) is a very impressive peak. It comprises of 2 munros, that of Stob Dearg (1022m) and further back from the road Stob na Broige (956m). The traditional route is up to the main summit of Stob Dearg only via the impressive coire that faces the West Highland Way. From the top of the coire there is a final section round the top of the crags over rocky ground to the small summit area with views over Rannoch Moor and the rest of Glencoe. (5-6 hours)
Most amazing walks
Most popular Munro Peaks
Bidean nam Bian (1150m) via the peak of Stob Coire nan lochan (1115m)
Bidean is the highest peak in the Glencoe area and a very spectacular mountain to get to. With great views and interest along the entire walk, from cascading rivers and small waterfalls, passing under the high crags of Stob Coire nan lochan and then the final ridge up to the summit. This walk has it all. There is a shorter and very popular option to get to the peak of Stob Coire nan lochan at 1115m which is its own mountain peak, with great views all around and a very remote feel.
Buachaille Etive Beag
This is ‘the Buachaille’s' little brother. Still with 2 munros making up the mountain at 958m and 925m the walk up is the easiest in Glencoe and great for those who want to get their first taste of a Scottish peak. The path leaves the A82 at a high pass of 260m so the ascent up to the summits is about 700m with the round trip being 7km in total. Great to do if you are pushed for time or want to take your time.
Mid-level mountain walks
The Three Sisters of Glencoe
The 3 buttress that face the main road have walks up them in their own right. The top of each of the 3 sisters form broad, rough, grassy ridges ranging in total heights from 692m of Gearr Aonach to 892m of Aonach Dubh. These are great view points if you don’t want to walk higher with stunning views and diverse routes to get there.
Glen Etive hills
West and south of Glencoe and Rannoch Moor the range of hills that make up the Glen Etive massif offer many combinations of day walks and multi-day expeditions. They all have a very remote feel without many paths, but with easy access from the road. So if it’s something a bit different that you are after then let us know.
Buachaille Etive Beag
Summer Foxgloves in Glen Coe
Spring snow on the high tops
Cascades in Glencoe