Buachaille Etive Mor, Glen Coe,
Lochaber, Scotland

Buachaille Etive Mor, Glen Coe, Lochaber, Scotland

Buachaille Etive Mor is a much photographed mountain and is as much an icon of Scotland as is Eilean Donan Castle. Just because many others have had a go at capturing it doesn't stop anyone else having a go so here's my attempt. Even though most present the east-facing pyramidal Glen Coe side of the hill, it does have more than one mountain top with no less than four Munros (hills with a height of 914.4 metres (3000 feet) or more) found along its length. You see two above with Stob Dearg at the front and I reckon that's Stob na Doire behind it. The name Buachaille Etive Mor may be the Gaelic for the great shepherd of Etive, but it looks like there is a team of them from any map and from the ground too. Glen Etive is flanked by one lumpy craggy mass at its Glen Coe end and a two-day journey on foot from Taynuilt (it's around forty miles, so a stopover is a must, and I am curious whether cycling would be another travel option) to here would pass plenty of other bulky rocky mountains too before it reaches this crescendo.

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