Pap of Glencoe

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Pap of Glencoe or Sgurr na Cìche
Pap of glencoe.jpg
The Pap, seen from across Loch Leven
Highest point
Elevation 742 m (2,434 ft)
Prominence 156 m (512 ft)
Listing Graham, Marilyn, Breast-shaped hills
Translation Rocky peak of the breast (Gaelic)
Pronunciation Scottish Gaelic: [ˈskur na ˈkixʲə]
Location Glen Coe, Scotland
OS grid NN125594
Topo map OS Landranger 41

The Pap of Glencoe (Scottish Gaelic: Sgurr 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 km 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 hundred metres 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