Pap of Glencoe

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Pap of Glencoe
Scottish Gaelic: Sgorr na Cìche
Pap of glencoe.jpg
The Pap, seen from across Loch Leven
Highest point
Elevation742 m (2,434 ft)
Prominence156 m (512 ft)
ListingGraham, Marilyn, Breast-shaped hills
English translationRocky peak of the breast
Language of nameGaelic
PronunciationScottish Gaelic: [ˈskuːrˠ nə ˈkʲʰiçə]
LocationGlen Coe, Scotland
OS gridNN125594
Topo mapOS Landranger 41

The Pap of Glencoe (Scottish Gaelic: Sgorr na Cìche) is a mountain on the northern side of Glen Coe, in the Highlands of Scotland. It lies at the western end of the Aonach Eagach ridge, directly above the point where the River Coe enters Loch Leven.

The Pap is so named as it has a distinctive conical shape resembling a female breast (see: pap), particularly when viewed from the west. It forms part of the "classic" view of the entrance to Glen Coe.

The simplest route of ascent starts from the unclassified road between Glencoe village and the Clachaig Inn. A pebble path leaves the road about 1 kilometre (0.62 mi)west of the youth hostel, and passes a white house on the left, reaching the bealach between the Pap and Sgor nam Fiannaidh, from where the Pap may be climbed. The final stretch up to the bealach forms a pathway by small gully; this section is often extremely muddy and boggy. The final 100 metres (330 ft) of ascent require some easy scrambling, and care is needed under winter conditions.

The Pap may also be climbed from the Kinlochleven side, though this is far less common.

See also[edit]


  • Milne, Rob, & Hamish Brown (eds), The Corbetts & Other Scottish Hills, Scottish Mountaineering Club Hillwalkers' Guide (The Scottish Mountaineering Trust, 2002). ISBN 0-907521-71-1

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Coordinates: 56°41′19″N 5°03′47″W / 56.68860°N 5.06311°W / 56.68860; -5.06311