|Stob Coire Raineach
from Glen Coe
Stob Coire Raineach
|Estimated net time||2½-3 hours|
|Difficulty||Easy hike on fine path.|
|Drinking water||Stable access to running water around trail head.|
|GSM coverage||Coverage at the summit, else at best very patchy (September 2012).|
|Parking||Room for many cars at the trail head car park.|
|Start height||251 metres|
|Vertical metres||675 metres for the roundtrip.|
|Trip distance||5.6 km|
From the village Glen Coe, where road A82 leaves Loch Leven, drive approximately 11.2 km south-east and east into Glen Coe. Approximately 500 metres after a bridge crossing a small water fall you will find a car park on the right hand side of the road. Park here.
Start your hike by following the path south-west into the valley Lairig Eilde, and fork left after approximately 500 metres. The man-made path will take you south to the saddle at 748 metres, south-west of Stob Coire Raineach. From the saddle turn left and follow one of the many rocky paths up to the summit, which is marked by a small pile of stones.
Descend by reversing your ascent route.
28. September 2012
This was the first full day of the long autumn week-end for Elisabeth and me in Scotland. After a night in Blairgowrie we decided to drive through Glen Coe, with the intention to hike something. But the weather was miserable, with some heavy showers and strong wind. We first considered Stob Dearg, but scrambling up the gully in this kind of weather wasn't very tempting. So after hanging around for a few minutes to see if the weather would improve we continued along A82, and after a few miles of driving we got to Stob Coire Raineach, and by now the weather had improved a little so we decided to have a go.
The car park had a number of cars and we could see a number of other hikers up in the mountain side, so it was a bit if "if they can, then also we can". The guide book we had described a route with boggy sections up the west slopes, but by now there was a fine gravel path which made hiking much more enjoyable. What was less enjoyable was the heavy shower we experienced around half-way up the west slopes, but as so often when you've got started it has to be really bad before you turn around.
When we got to the south ridge the wind was quite considerable, but the rain had
stopped so it was in many ways a fine hike. But a long summit stay was out of
the question, and so was the temptation to carry on towards Stob Dubh. So
instead we returned to our car, changed into dry clothes, and drove to Fort
William to find a hotel for the night.