Bidean nam Bian & Stob
taken on the south Glenshiel ridge and the Five Sisters on the
previous 2 days we thought we'd take on an easier route and
go for Bidean nam Bian. This is still a hefty hike taking in
the 2 munros of Bidean nam Bian and Stob Coire Sgreamhach.The
usual kit is therefore essential (we met 2 bold walkers at the
summit in little more than swimwear!), as there's over 4 hours
of walking on offer here.
walk also takes in The Lost Valley (Coire Gabhail), which is a
huge, spooky expanse of pebbles which is totally hidden from view
from the road. For those who want a shorter walk, The Lost Valley
is something worth making the trip to see, and there's a clear
path all the way up to it. Legend has it that in times of trouble
ancient Scots hid themselves and their livestock up here... they
would certainly have been hard pushed to hide from the midges.
From the layby
at GR171568 follow the clear path which leads up into Coire
nan Lochan. Continue to follow this path as it winds all the
way to the head of the corrie.
the head of the corrie it's time for a steep climb up the
easterly ridge of Stob Coire nan Lochan, all the way to the
summit... and prepare yourself for a few false summits on
the summit of Stob Coire nan Lochan continue SW to the bealach
GR146544 before continuing SW to the summit of Bidean nam
Bian (1150m, GR144543).
ridge leads directly SE to the summit of Stob Coire Sgreamhach
(1072m, GR155537) which sits proudly on top of yet another
steep, rocky ascent - but lets face it that's what you go
Stob Coire Sgreamhach retrace your steps to the head of
Coire Gabhail, then follow the steep eroded path down into
NE along the valley taking in the bizarre expanse of pebbles
and then the deep gorges. The path twists through the trees
before popping you out at the Bridge over the River Coe.
From the bridge it's just a short jaunt back to the car.
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