Aonach Eagach Hike
The 3,172ft Aonach Eagach ridge is situated 5
miles east of Glencoe village, 87 miles northwest of
The image right is from the A82 road looking at
the east end of the ridge. The car parks for these
mountains are just down and round the corner.
The Glasgow to Fort William &
Skye bus passes here but the closest stop is at
the Glencoe Visitor Centre 4 miles west.
The car park in the photo second top is the
largest car park at Glen Coe, the one the tour buses
stop at with a large information cairn. This car park
gives some of the best views of the Aonach Eagach
There is another large car park a few hundred
yards down the road, also with good views for
The two Munros on this ridge are the 3,126ft Meall
Dearg and 3,172ft Sgorr nam Fiannaidh.
The image 3rd down is of the small car park a few
hundred yards up the road from the largest car park.
This is where the hike begins, onto the east side of
the ridge. These car parks can be real busy at
weekends, but you should be able to find a space in
one of them.
The route to the top is fairly straight forward,
but after that, this is one of the most dangerous
hikes in Scotland, with a number of narrow ledges and
panicles to get over.
Most hikers leave this route until they are highly
This route goes one way descending into the north
side of Glencoe village, so you have to walk about 5
miles back to the car. If in a group, you can park a
car at each end of the hike.
Make sure and take an Ordnance Survey Map and
Compass on these hikes, and know how to use them, as
in cloud, these mountains can be deadly. In Winter,
make sure you have Crampons and an Ice Axe, and know
how to use them.
This map link is to the mountain on the other side
of the road from the Aonach Eagach ridge, at these
car parks, Bidean nam Bian
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