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Stob Coire Dheirg.
Ben Starav Map Photos
The hulk of Ben Starav dominates the southern end of Glen Etive. This excellent route takes you on a delightful, airy circuit culminating in the rocky arete between Ben Starav and Stob Coire Dheirg.
Area: Central Highlands
Grade: Ungraded (hard)   what does that mean?
Total Distance: 13 km
Total Ascent: 1100 m
Time: 6 hours
  • Ordnance Survey Landranger 1:50,000 Sheet 50
  • Ordnance Survey Explorer Explorer 384 and 377 1:25,000 (half on each!)
  • Harvey Glen Coe Map 1:25,000
  • Avalanche hazard: Mainly safe although the descent slopes into the corrie could give trouble after heavy snow.
    Avalanche Forecast area: Glencoe.   more
    Tips: The road along Glen Etive is single-track and exposed in places. Avoid this in poor road conditions.
    Alternatives: The day could be extended by taking in Glas Bheinn Mhor which is a natural continuation from Ben Starav.

    From the A82 South of Glencoe, take the small road along Glen Etive. Drive just over 10 miles, almost to the end of the road, before parking in a small parking bay on the roadside opposite Coileitir cottage.

    Grid Reference NN137469


    Go through a gate just beyond the car park and follow an unmade road that initially heads away from Ben Starav and crosses the River Etive at a bridge, before heading back towards Coileitir cottage. Follow the signs around the cottage and return to the path that runs alongside the river. After a few hundred metres, the path reaches a large burn, the Allt Mheuran, which is crossed via two adjacent bridges about 150 m upstream. Follow the left (W) bank of the Allt Mheuran to the foot of the NNE ridge of Ben Starav.

    Ben Starav (1078m) 

    Climb striaght up the broad NNE ridge which eventually narrows before the final pull to the summit.

    Escape Route!
    You are now about half way round. The quickest ways down from here are to complete the route or return via the ascent route.

    Stob Coire Dheirg (1068m) 

    From the summit cairn, follow the ridge SE for about 400 m at which point it turns sharply left (NE). This section is narrow and enjoyable and soon leads to the subsidiary summit of Stob Coire Dheirg (NN131427). Take great care at this point to head ESE rather than continuing along the north ridge, which is tempting but soon becomes precipitous.


    Follow the east ridge, dropping about 300 m in height, until the large col below Glas Bhein Mhor is reached. From the col, descend north into the corrie below, avoiding the steeper ground by sticking to the centre of the corrie. Follow the left (W) bank of the stream (Allt nam Meirleach) until you regain your ascent route at the foot of the NNE Ridge.


    Follow the path back to the car park.

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