|Stob Dearg from road
|Estimated net time||3-3½ hours|
|Difficulty||No difficulties, but the last section up Coire na Tulaich is steep and you're likely to use your hands a little before you get up to the pass.|
|Drinking water||Water from a stream well into the valley.|
|GSM coverage||Coverage well into the valley, and in the summit area (October 2013).|
|Parking||Room for many cars at trail head car park.|
|Start height||291 metres|
|Vertical metres||770 metres for the roundtrip.|
|Trip distance||6.9 km|
From the village Tyndrum drive approximately 34 km (21.2 mi) north on road A82, and park at the car park on the right hand side of the road, in a left curve. This is 5.5 km (3.4 mi) after the exit to Glencoe Mountain Resort (the ski centre).
Start your hike by crossing the road, and then walk down to and across the foot bridge. Make sure you fork right 400 metres after the bridge and follow the path towards the valley. Cross the stream at the start of the valley and follow the path that runs on the right hand side of the stream, all the way up to the pass at 875 metres. Turn left at the pass and follow the path all the way to the summit, which is marked by a pile of stones. From the highest point continue another 120 metres to the view point, which is marked by a cairn, and you will also find a stone shelter.
Descend by reversing your ascent route.
06. October 2013
We had spent the week-end at Invergloy, on the south-east shores of Loch Lochy, and were due to drive to Linlithgow this Sunday afternoon in order to drop off Sigurd. The plan was to hike Stob Dearg along the way, and with reasonably OK weather we did as planned.
When we arrived Glencoe the mist was on-and-off around the summit of Stob Dearg, but as we got into the valley the mist gradually built up down to 7-800 metres, and when we got to the summit we only had a few tens of metres of visibility. This made us continue past the summit and the extra 120 metres to the view point (but no views today), and it was only after loading our GPS track to my PC I realised we had never actually stopped at the summit, but had passed it along the way. But based on what other hikers did it was clear that the de facto summit was the view point.
After the hike we stopped at the ski-centre and had some lunch, before driving to Linlithgow to meet Sigurd's host family.