Bidean nam Bian & Stob Coire Sgreamhach

Glencoe

Start Point: Carpark at GR171568
Grid Reference: OS sheet 41, GR171568
Time: 4-7 hours
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Introduction

Having 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.

A cracking gorge leading to the Lost Valley.
   
The 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.
 

Route

  • 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.
For once Pickles looks the  fresher of the 2.
  • At 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 way.
  • From 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).
  • The 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 for.
   
  • From Stob Coire Sgreamhach retrace your steps to the head of Coire Gabhail, then follow the steep eroded path down into the valley.
  • Continue 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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