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Scotland is noted for the magnificence of its landscape especially its highlands and mountains and here is one of the finest examples. The Gaelic name means (“the great herdsman of Etive”). Known to climbers as The Buachaille or The Beuckle it is a mountain at the head of Glen Etive in the Scottish Highlands. It is one of the most photographed mountains in Scotland and appears on many postcards and calendars and because of its Pyramidal shape it is easily identified by those traveling along the A82 road towards Glen Coe.

This majestic mountain demands the greatest of respect from those experienced climbers that scale the craggy footholds of its ridge.

In January 2009, it took the lives of three climbers and left one seriously injured following an avalanche. It is not a place for the novice and for those who do make it to the top they are rewarded with magnificent views.

The mountain attracts both mountaineers and scramblers and the North-Eastern face of Stob Dearg forms the classic aspect of the mountain as seen from the Kings House Hotel and is one of the most direct routes of ascent.

Buachaille Etive Mòr has featured in films such as ‘Skyfall’ featuring actor Daniel Craig, in his third performance as James Bond.

For those who prefer to keep their feet firmly on the ground the area has much to offer especially, for ornithologists.

Bird watchers can see Golden Eagles soaring above the crags with their distinctive brown colouring and sheer size making them the largest truly native British Bird of Prey.

Whilst, this is a truly beautiful and magical place to visit visitors must take care especially, for those intending to climb or walk on Buachaille Etive Mòr. The weather can change quickly becoming very hostile and life threatening. No one should attempt to scale the slopes without specialist clothing, equipment and navigational equipment.



Camping and Caravanning Club Site
A828 (Rd), Glencoe, Ballachulish
Argyll, Scotland, PH49 4LA
+44 (0)1855 811 397

Contact Details

  • Address: A82, Glencoe, Argyll, Scotland, United Kingdom, PH49 4HY
  • GPS: 56.64593056,-4.900966667
  • Part of UK: Scotland
  • Sat Nav Postcode: PH49 4HY
  • Entrance Fees: Free Access
  • Disabled Access: None / Visible from Road
  • Visibility from Road: Excellent from A82
  • Image Credits: Header Image: David Woods

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