The Munros of Glencoe are amongst the best known and loved in Scotland and offer some of the finest mountaineering expeditions our country has to offer, especially in winter conditions.
Glencoe itself runs east to west, from the edge of Rannoch Moor to the shores of Loch Leven, housing Munros all along its northern and southern sides. The Aonach Eagach ridge largely dominates the northern side and is widely regarded as Scotland’s most formidable ridge walk out with the Cuillins of Skye. The ridge contains two Munros (Meall Dearg and Sgorr nam Fiannaidh) with a whole host of knife edge pinnacles between the two. On the southern sides there is a whole plethora of Munros split up into 3/4 days worth of walking. Buachaille Etive Mor heads up the eastern end of the Glen and it instantly recognisable to anyone travelling through the Glen, it is probably one of the most famous images of Scotland. Its pyramidal shape looks impregnable from the main road through Glencoe.
Sitting next door is Buachaille Etive Beag infamously known as the "Wee Buachaille” It shares much of the same features as its big brother "The Big Buachaille” but falls short in height. Both of these mountains contain 2 Munro summits running in north to south ridges.
Bidean nam Bian is next along the glen and claims the title of the highest mountain in Argyll. It’s a massif of a mountain and its complex summit ridges are a sight to behold.
Following on from Glencoe at its western end lies the two superb Munros (Sgorr Dhearg, Sgorr Dhonuill) known as the Ballachulish horse and form a fantastic circular walk around the Ballachulish Forrest.
Glencoe is steeped in Scottish history. The most famous incident known as the “Massacre of Glencoe” took place in the harsh winter of 1692. The McDonalds of Glencoe had invited the Campbell’s to discuss political policies and ideas of peace after years of unrest between the two rival clans. The Campbell’s were fed, housed and looked after by the McDonalds. At 5 am on 13th February 1962 the Campbell’s turned on their hosts and savaged the glen leaving the McDonalds with nothing else to do than flee to the surrounding hills in the extreme winter conditions. Many men, woman and children died in the attack and many more by exposure to the elements. This was one of the worst abuses of hospitality in Scottish history. This is a fascinating story and further reading is a must.
Glencoe is one of the most beautiful glens in Scotland and is held in high regard by walkers, climbers and outdoor enthusiasts of any kind, there really is something for everyone in Glencoe.