Buachaille Etive Mòr

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Buachaille Etive Mòr
Stob Dearg
Buachaille Etive Mor.jpg
Stob Dearg from Glen Etive
Elevation 1,021 m (3,350 ft)[1]
Prominence 533 m (1,749 ft)
Parent peak Bidean nam Bian
Listing Munro, Marilyn
Translation Great Herdsman of Etive[2] (Gaelic)
Pronunciation Scottish Gaelic: [ˈpuəxəʎə ˈeʰtʲə moːɾ],
/ˈbəxl ˈɛtɪv ˈmɔr/
Location
Buachaille Etive Mòr is located in Scotland
Buachaille Etive Mòr
Buachaille Etive Mòr
Buachaille Etive Mòr
Location Glen Etive, Scotland
OS grid NN223543
Coordinates 56°38′50.29″N 4°53′52.07″W / 56.6473028°N 4.8977972°W / 56.6473028; -4.8977972Coordinates: 56°38′50.29″N 4°53′52.07″W / 56.6473028°N 4.8977972°W / 56.6473028; -4.8977972
Topo map OS Landranger 41
Listed summits of Buachaille Etive Mòr
Name Grid ref Height Status
Stob Dearg NN223543 1022 m (3352 ft) Munro, Marilyn
Stob na Doire NN207532 1011 m (3317 ft) Munro top
Stob na Bròige NN190525 956 m (3136 ft) Munro
Stob Coire Altruim NN197530 941 m (3087 ft) Munro top

Buachaille Etive Mòr (Scottish Gaelic: Buachaille Eite Mòr, meaning "the great herdsman of Etive"), generally known to climbers simply as The Buachaille or The Beuckle, is a mountain at the head of Glen Etive in the Highlands of Scotland. Its pyramidal form, as seen from the A82 road when travelling towards Glen Coe, makes it one of the most recognisable mountains in Scotland, and one of the most depicted on postcards and calendars.

Buachaille Etive Mòr takes the form of a ridge nearly five miles (8 km) in length, almost entirely encircled by the River Etive and its tributaries. The ridge contains four principal tops: from north-east to south-west these are Stob Dearg (1022 m), Stob na Doire (1011 m), Stob Coire Altruim (941 m) and Stob na Bròige (956 m). Stob Dearg and Stob na Bròige are both Munros; the latter was promoted to Munro status by the Scottish Mountaineering Club in 1997.[3]

Ascent[edit]

The steep, craggy north-eastern face of Stob Dearg forms the classic aspect of the mountain as seen from the Kings House Hotel, and constitutes the most direct route of ascent for climbers and scramblers. Crowberry Ridge, a classic rock climb graded severe, was first climbed direct – and photographed – in 1900 by the Abraham brothers with Messrs Puttrell and Baker. Immediately to the left is Curved Ridge, one of the most famous scrambling routes.

Alternatively there is a somewhat eroded path leading steeply up the Coire na Tulaich which, in summer conditions, allows walkers to ascend the peaks, reaching the ridge about half a kilometre west of Stob Dearg.

Buachaille Etive Mòr is separated from its sister mountain of Buachaille Etive Beag to the west by the valley of Lairig Gartain. To the east lies Glen Etive, which provides an alternative route of ascent, heading up steep grassy slopes to the summit of Stob na Bròige. Another route follows the Allt Coire Altruim from the Lairig Gartain, reaching the ridge about two thirds of the way along from the north. This route is often used as descent route in conjunction with an ascent via Coire na Tulaich, forming a circular route with a walk out along the Lairig Gartain.

On 24 January 2009, three mountain climbers were killed and one was seriously injured, in an avalanche disaster.

In Popular Culture[edit]

Buachaille Etive Mòr was also seen in the film Skyfall, where James Bond transported M away from the villain Raoul Silva. You could also see Beinn a'Chrulaiste.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Scotland's Landscape Stob Dearg (Highland)". BBC Scotland. 2013. Retrieved 7 October 2013. 
  2. ^ Peter Hodgkiss, The Central Highlands, Scottish Mountaineering Club District Guidebook, 5th ed. (Scottish Mountaineering Trust, 1994)
  3. ^ "Buachaille Etive Mor". walkhighlands.co.uk. Retrieved 23 December 2013. 

External links[edit]

The Buachaille's north-east face