Buachaille Etive Mòr

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Buachaille Etive Mòr
Stob Dearg
Buachaille Etive Mor.jpg
Stob Dearg from Glen Etive
Highest point
Elevation1,021.4 m (3,351 ft)[1]
Prominence532 m (1,745 ft)
Parent peakBidean nam Bian
ListingMunro, Marilyn
Coordinates56°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
English translationGreat Herdsman of Etive[2]
Language of nameGaelic
PronunciationScottish Gaelic: [ˈpuəxəʎə ˈeʰtʲə moːɾ],
English: /ˈbəxl ˈɛtɪv ˈmɔːr/
Buachaille Etive Mòr is located in Scotland
Buachaille Etive Mòr
Buachaille Etive Mòr
Buachaille Etive Mòr
LocationGlen Etive, Scotland
OS gridNN223543
Topo mapOS Landranger 41

Buachaille Etive Mòr (/ˈbuəxl ˈɛtɪv ˈmɔːr/),[3] generally known to climbers simply as The Buachaille, 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 (1021.4 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.[4]


Buachaille as seen from the north with all its main peaks visible. (See the image annotations on its Wikimedia Commons page.)

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.

Lagangarbh Hut[edit]

Buachaille Etive Mòr from the A82, showing Lagangarbh Hut in the lower left
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

The only building in the vicinity of Buachaille Etive Mòr is Lagangarbh Hut, popularly referred to as a cottage on account of its appearance. It sits at the foot of Buachaille Etive Mòr, adjacent to the River Coupall, and near the A82. It is owned by the National Trust, and managed by the Scottish Mountaineering Club, who make it available to hire as accommodation; up to 30 people can be accommodated.

In popular culture[edit]

Buachaille Etive Mòr appears in the background during a song sequence in the 1998 Bollywood film Kuch Kuch Hota Hai.[5][6] Together with Beinn a'Chrulaiste it can also be seen in the film Skyfall, where James Bond transports M away from the villain Raoul Silva. It was also the setting for the pop video "Whistle Down the Wind" by Nick Hayward.

The Buachaille's north-east face


The Buachaille has become synonymous with Landscape Photography in Scotland and is probably the most photographed mountain in the country. The most popular spot for this is the small waterfalls on the River Coupall to the east of the mountain. In recent years, the condition of the ground around these falls has deteriorated rapidly and many photographers now actively encourage staying away from the area to allow for regeneration. The site has also become popular for wedding photography with the mountain providing a dramatic backdrop.

Injuries and deaths[edit]

It was reported in 2009 that in the previous 30 years in the same area of Buachaille Etive Mor there had been three separate occasions when three people died.[7] In 1995 there were six people who died on Buachaille Etive Mor.[7]

In the past on Buachaille Etive Mor there have been 13 people who have died in the one 12 month period.[7]

In 2008 a person died in the same area of Buachaille Etive Mor where an avalanche occurred in 2009.[7]


In January 2009 three people died and one was injured in an avalanche on Buachaille Etive Mòr.[8] The avalanche occurred in the Coire na Tulaich area of the mountain.[7]

In 1994 one person died in an avalanche on Buachaille Etive Mor.[7] In February 1995 three people died when they were descending down the mountain and an avalanche occurred.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Buachaille Etive Mòr (Stob Dearg)". Hill Bagging - the online version of the Database of British and Irish Hills (DoBIH). 2019. Retrieved 19 June 2019.
  2. ^ Peter Hodgkiss, The Central Highlands, Scottish Mountaineering Club District Guidebook, 5th ed. (Scottish Mountaineering Trust, 1994)
  3. ^ Pointon, Graham, ed. (1990). BBC Pronouncing Dictionary of British Names (2nd ed.). Oxford University Press. p. 38. ISBN 0-19-282745-6.
  4. ^ "Buachaille Etive Mor". walkhighlands.co.uk. Retrieved 23 December 2013.
  5. ^ "Wealth of fans to locate". The Scotsman. 28 September 2002. Retrieved 27 December 2015.
  6. ^ "Ticket tout fears over Bollywood star". The Scotsman. 8 August 2002. Retrieved 27 December 2015.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g "Rescuer tells of horror as Glencoe avalanche kills three climbers: "There were hundreds of tons of snow"". The Scotsman. 25 January 2009. Archived from the original on 24 December 2013. Retrieved 23 December 2013.
  8. ^ Ormsby, Avril (24 January 2009). "Three killed in Scottish avalanche". Reuters. Archived from the original on 27 May 2018. Retrieved 23 December 2013.

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