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Stob Dubh & Stob Coire Raineach
Quick Facts
This is the summed total of all the climbing within a route and is a good indicator of the strenuousness of a route.
Total Ascent
1105 m

An estimate of the time taken based on a derivation of Naismiths rules. Our calculation is based on the horizontal and ascent components of a climb, we do not make a reduction for descent.

Registered users can customise these walking times by specifying their own walking and ascending speeds. They can also add a fixed time period for stoppages.

Route Time
4.5 hrs
The horizontal distance of the route.
Route Distance
10.57 km

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A brief summary of this route.

Our summary will always contain one of easy, moderate or hard to indicate the severity of the route.

Moderate climb on steep stony slopes.

Here we provide the nearest town to the start of the route where you will find basic services.

We then give directions from that location to the route start. Your approach route may differ.

 Travel Information

Head to: Glencoe

From Glencoe Village (A82) travel E through Glen Coe to parking at start of Lairig Gartain.

Route Waypoint Map

The total ascent is 1,105 metres. Allow 4.5 hours to complete this 10.57 km route.

In winter months please check the local snow conditions at sais.gov.uk.

The hillphones service can inform you of stalking activities in the area.

Usually the shortest way to climb the mountain, making best use of tracks and paths to gain altitude. Route navigation requires map reading skills and an ability to navigate with a compass.

The information given here will enable you to annotate your map and plan your route. We do not give anecdotal descriptions on where to find the paths, worn by the feet of previous mountaineers.

Where the access routes are few or the ridge is narrow, paths are generally obvious. On open ground, following paths without using your compass may get you lost in poor visibility.

 Route Information
Waypoint Detail
  Start from carpark on A82 road
  NN21295595 Distance
310 m
Follow path SW into Lairig Gartain (boggy terrain!)
NN20125447 Distance
2.07 km
350 m
Leave path and ascend W to col (755m)
NN18785450 Distance
1.36 km
755 m
Continue ascent NE to summit of Stob Coire Raineach
NN19145479 Distance
0.47 km
925 m
Return SW to col
NN18785450 Distance
0.47 km
755 m
Ascend SW to minor top (902m)
NN18455417 Distance
0.51 km
902 m
Continue SW on ridge to summit of Stob Dubh
NN17915353 Distance
0.89 km
958 m
Return to 755m col and descend via ascent route
  NN21295595 Distance
4.80 km
310 m

A selection of weather forecasts local to this route.

West Highlands
by MWIS (PDF format)
West Highlands
by Met Office
Stob Dubh
by Metcheck
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Rating & Reviews

 Rating & Reviews
 from 7 votes
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Written by Andrew Blair on 28 Jun 2009:
Overall, I enjoyed this route but with one exception; At stage 3 where instructed to leave the path & ascend W to the col, I found this horrendous. The slopes are steep & strewn with slippery scree making the diagonal ascent to the col hard going. I was met by climbers on the ridge who'd observed me on the way up & they suggested my chosen route was "brave". Next time I would stay on path longer & ascend NW to the col. On the plus side, the L.Gartain footpath wasn't as boggy or muddy as reports led me to expect & the end descent by the same route, while brutal, got me back to the car quickly.
Written by Peter Lang on 20 Aug 2007:
Work hill outing 18 Aug 07. Ascended from Lairig Eilde, new car park now immediately at start due to recent renewal of bridge at meeting of 3 waters. Start on L. Eilde footpath after 500m head up hillside over initial boggy ground before reaching a well constructed path/staircase! to near bealach. Ridge walk excellent on good ground, but no views on wet dreich day, enjoyable neverless - Lesleys first Munro! took our party of 7 an easy 5hr 15 mins.
Written by Craig Robinson on 15 Sep 2006:
Climbed the wee Buachaille with my fiancee Siobhan on a gloomy April day 05. Starting from the Lairig Eilde a path, (boggy in sections ) led us up to the col between Stob Dubh and Stob Coire Raineach. From here it's an enjoyable climb up to the two munros. I particularly enjoyed Stob Dubh, the ridge walk from the minor top to the summit being good fun. The weather cleared enough for us to get good views of the big Buachaille, which made our day.
Written by John Usher on 10 Jul 2005:
I ascended these two from Larig Gartain and descended into Larig Eilde and would say that the latter route is preferable being much shorter and less wet.
Written by Roger Green on 11 Apr 2004:
This is a great route and one of the shorter ones in Glen Coe. But surely the approach from the other side is preferable, setting off from the "Bea Hive" cairn by the A82 and joining the route described here at the col. This avoids any if the really boggy ground.
Disclaimer. The details provided above are an aid to planning an expedition, but all distances, altitudes and bearings must be considered approximate. You must navigate with the appropriate map, a compass, your navigation skills and common sense, MunroMagic.com accept no responsibility for your interpretation of our route information.
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