Buachaille Etive Beag

Buachaille Etive Beag (Scottish Gaelic: Buachaille Eite Beag), is a mountain located between Glen Coe and Glen Etive, on the edge of Rannoch Moor in the Scottish Highlands. Viewed from the south in Glen Etive it forms a twin with Buachaille Etive Mòr (the 'Great Herdsman of Etive'), from which it is separated by a bealach at a height of about 480 metres. The mountain is often known affectionately as the "wee Buachaille", which is a literal translation of its Gaelic name.

Buachaille Etive Beag forms a ridge about 3 km in length that runs in a southwest–northeast direction. It has two peaks of Munro status: Stob Dubh and Stob Coire Raineach. The latter became a Munro in the 1997 revision of Munro's Tables, in which all tops with a topographic prominence of more than 500 feet (152.4 m) were promoted to full Munro status.

The most common route on the mountain starts from the A82 at the head of Glen Coe. A cairn and a sign mark the existence of a right-of-way to Glen Etive, following the through the Lairig Eilde that separates Buachaille Etive Beag from Bidean nam Bian. This route is followed for around 1.5 km, at which point most hillwalkers simply head up the hillside to reach the bealach between the two summits, which is at a height of around 750 m. From here Stob Coire Raineach lies about 0.5 km to the northeast, whilst Stob Dubh is about 2 km to the southwest. After bagging both tops, most walkers simply descend by their route of ascent. One may also reach (and descend from) the bealach by means of the Lairig Gartain, which separates Buachaille Etive Beag, from its larger sibling, Buachaille Etive Mor.

An alternative route would be to start from Glen Etive, thus allowing for a traverse of the ridge. The southwest ridge is unrelentingly steep, and one would be obliged to arrange transport back to Glen Etive or walk an additional 4 km to return via the Lairig Eilde or Lairig Gartain.

Munros of Scotland: Loch Leven to Connel Bridge and Glen Lochy
  • Aonach Eagach: Meall Dearg and Sgor nam Fiannaidh
  • Beinn a' Bheithir: Sgorr Dhearg and Sgorr Dhonuill
  • Beinn a' Chochuill
  • Beinn Eunaich
  • Beinn Fhionnlaidh
  • Beinn nan Aighenan
  • Beinn Sgulaird
  • Ben Cruachan
  • Ben Starav
  • Buachaille Etive Beag: Stob Coire Raineach and Stob Dubh
  • Buachaille Etive Mòr: Sgor na Bròige and Stob Dearg
  • Creise
  • Glas Bheinn Mhòr
  • Meall a' Bhuiridh
  • Meall nan Eun
  • Sgor na h-Ulaidh
  • Stob a' Choire Odhair
  • Stob Coir' an Albannaich
  • Stob Coire Sgreamhach
  • Stob Diamh
  • Stob Ghabhar
  • Bidean nam Bian
List of Munros

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