West Highland Way

Glencoe & The Buachailles


Introduction to the Glencoe & The Buachailles

The famous scene that greets travellers arriving in Glen Coe from across Rannoch Moor, whether on foot or by car, is the towering Buachaille Etive Mòr . The most photographed mountain in Scotland guards the entrance to Glen Coe itself and is a playground for climbers and walkers alike. The Clachaig Inn, a favourite haunt of hillwalkers and climbers, at the heart of Glen Coe will be our base as we attempt to summit the Munros of the "Big" and the "Wee Buachaille". Despite Buachaille translating as "herdsman", rather than herd we will aim to guide, encourage and support you to complete the challenge of bagging these 4 Munros.

We provide you with a qualified Mountain Leader, who will guide you to the rocky tops of these magnificent mountains. We can also organise your accommodation so all you need to do is concentrate on the walk itself.

Highlights of the Glencoe & The Buachailles

  • Stay in the heart of Glen Coe at the Clachaig Inn
  • The chance to summit 4 Munros over 2 days of hiking
  • Expansive views of the Lochaber mountain ranges and Rannoch Moor from Stob Dearg
  • Wonderful views down Loch Etive from our final Munro

What's Included with this Holiday

  • A qualified and friendly UK Mountain Leader to guide you all the way
  • A comprehensive Information Pack
  • Accommodation for 3 nights
  • 3x Breakfasts
  • Max group size of 6

Is the Glencoe & The Buachailles Right For Me?

This weekend of Munro bagging is aimed at those with good levels of physical fitness and/or people with some hillwalking experience. To make the most of this weekend’s walking you will want to be happy on steep terrain and rough ground, and/or be fit and up for the challenge. Your guide will be there to support you throughout and take all the responsibility for navigation.

Glencoe & The Buachailles Guided Walking Itinerary

Daily Plan

We have 2 days of mountain walking for you with 3 nights of comfortable accommodation in between. Your guide is a qualified Mountain Leader and will be with you throughout.

Day 1: Arrival

This is your chance to make your way to the your accommodation. Here you will meet you guide in the evening to discuss the walking ahead.

Accommodation Clachaig Inn

Day 2: Buachaille Etive Mòr

Today our aim is to summit the 2 Munros of Buachaille Etive Mòr (The Big Herdsman of Etive). We will begin by hiking into Allt Coire na Tulaich, to which recent path work has improved access. Things get a bit more challenging as our route climbs its way through boulderfields to the top of scree shoot at the headwall of the coire. Here care and a head for heights is required. After which, the walking becomes easier on a broad rocky ridge to the summit cairn at the Stob Dearg, our first and the highest of the day's 2 Munros. From here we will retrace our steps for a short while before following the long winding ridge our second Munro, Stob na Bròige. Our descent route takes us off the ridge down north-west facing slopes into the Lairig Gartain and back to the road. Total Distance: 13km/8 miles Total Ascent: 1110m Time: 7-9 hours

Accommodation Clachaig Inn

Day 3: Buachaille Etive Beag

The smaller neighbour to yesterdays mountain 'The Wee Buachaille' gives up its magnificent viewpoints a little easier. From the pass of Glen Coe we will ascend to the saddle between the two Munros. From here we will take in both Stob Coire Raineach and Stob Dubh, with the latter affording excellent views down to Loch Etive. Total Distance: 8km/5 miles Total Ascent: 900m Time: 5-6 hours

Accommodation Clachaig Inn

Day 4: Departure

After your final night in Glen Coe you will have the day to make your way home. There is a regular bus service from Glencoe village for those returning by public transport

Glencoe & The Buachailles Accommodation Options

We have a choice of accommodation options to suit your requirements from hotel to our guiding only option. Here is what is included with each:

Example of a B&B Room

Hotel – Clachaig Inn

Rest easy at the Clachaig Inn. Hotel accommodation can be arranged for you here on a bed and breakfast basis. Evening meals are available in the choice of three bars. And, with over 400 malt whiskies to choose from you can be sure of a good celebration at the end of this trip.


We offer this holiday with the option of hostel accommodation. This will be a bed in a shared dorm within a local hostel. Bathroom facilities are shared and there is access to a communal kitchen. This is a more basic accommodation and suitable for those who are willing to forego the comforts of the hotel.

If you would just like to join us for the hikes you can do so for £150. Please send an email to contact@thistletrekking.co.uk if this is your preference.

Dates & Prices

The dates of our scheduled treks can be seen below. We also off the option of private bookings for groups. Please get in touch if you'd like to book privately.

2024 Treks
Date of TrekAvailability
Monday 2nd September 2024 to Thursday 5th September 2024Spaces

No Suitable Date?

If there are no dates on this calendar to suit you please let us know, sometimes we can add extra dates if there is enough demand for an extra trip to be added.

Waiting List

If a trek is full but you would like to be added to the waiting list, please do let us know. The waiting list is there so that if anyone drops out of the trek we will contact you and let you know, so you can take their place on the trek instead.

Future Dates

Our trekking calendar is released a year in advance each spring. Keep an eye on the 'Year Planner' in the menu above, or send us a request for an email alert when the latest calendar is published. If you are keen to book early and secure a trek on a date to suit you, do feel free to get in contact with us to suggest a date


Price for Hotel – Clachaig Inn:

The price of this trip is £499 per person (based on two sharing).

To book this trip we will require a £150 deposit per person with the rest to be paid a month before your trip.

If you are booking as a solo traveller and happy to share a twin room with another solo traveller of the same sex the price is £499.

If you are a solo traveller and would like a single room to yourself there is a £110 per night single supplement (£330 in total).

Price for Hostel:

The price of this trip is £299 per person (based on two sharing).

To book this trip we will require a £100 deposit per person with the rest to be paid a month before your trip.

If you are booking as a solo traveller and happy to share a twin room with another solo traveller of the same sex the price is £299.

There is no single supplement available for this trail as rooms are mainly of a shared basis.

How to Book

Booking is simple, you can either phone us, email us or use our online shopping cart below.

Book Glencoe & The Buachailles Online

Monday 2nd September 2024 to Thursday 5th September 2024 Currently we only have spaces on this date.

Please choose your dates and accommodation options to see the pricing.

Please note we use a secure website for our shopping cart. You will be taken to that site when you press the book now button.

What Happens Once you Have Booked

Once we have received your booking (either through the online shopping cart, email or phone). We will then confirm with you that your accommodation option and room type, single, twin or double, is available. We will then send you a full booking form and information about paying your deposit for your trek. All deposits can be paid by cheque, bank transfer or debit/credit card. Once we have received back both your booking form and deposit we will let you know and your place on the trip will be secure.