The Glen Etive hills contain some of Scotland's finest and most popular mountains with an abundance of Munros, Corbetts and smaller peaks to choose from. The area in enclosed by Loch Etive to the west and the peaks of Glencoe to the north. Rannoch Moor spills out from its eastern edge. Although virtually neighbours to Glencoe there is a clear difference in the make up of these hills. They are less craggy and much more forgiving, but stil just as exciting and memorable.
There are 3 main blocks of Munros on offer in Glen Etive. The hills of the Black Mount are furthest east and take in 4 Munros (Stob Ghabhar, Stob a Choire Odhair, Meall a Bhuirdh and Creise). These form one of the classic expeditions of Scottish mountaineering. They are instantly recognisable to anyone driving up the A82 en route to Glencoe and beyond. Meall a Bhuirdh is the site for the Glencoe ski centre and has seen bumper trade in the last couple of years.
The Ben Starav group is next and consists of 5 Munros. They are all accessible from the single track road leading down through Glen Etive to Loch Etive. These are normally broken down into 2 or 3 outings. Ben Starav is a superbly complex Munro, a wander around on its high ridge systems is a must.
The western Munros of Glen Etive (Beinn Sgulaird and Beinn Fhionnlaidh) are rather off the beaten track and are usually accessed from the west with a lengthy drive round the coast. These hills tend to be left to only the enthusiast which is fine by us, as each of these is a superb day out.
Glen Etive and its neighbouring Glencoe are arguably among Scotlandís most scenic glens and the area is a delight to see in all seasons.
Wild camping is available all down the length of Glen Etive following the river with some well established camping spots dotted along the way. At night time the Glen always catches the last of the fading sun and creates the most idyllic spot.