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11th May 2019

A steep climb out of Glen Etive over Beinn Ceitlein to reach Stob Dubh

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After parking up opposite the cottage at Alltchaorunn I crossed the river Etive by the cottages access bridge and followed the bypass path around the back of the cottage to another bridge that would take me over Allt Coire Ghiubhasan. A boggy path follows the Allt upstream through a lightly wooded area with views down to some fine rapids and white water favoured by adventurous kayakers. Clear of the trees I started across the grassy lower slopes before starting up the steep incline to reach a col to the south An Grinan, a prominent craggy point when viewed from the roadside in the glen. A more defined ridge started to relent in steepness after rising above the top of An Grinan giving good views north east along upper reaches of Glen Etive. Steady progress eventually had me onto the undulating humped back of Beinn Ceitlan with it numerous small lochans. There are grandstand views from here, with Buachaille Etive Mor & Beag to the north west, Creise to the east the Glen Kinglas Munro's to the south. The summit cone of Stob Dubh was also now in view above Coire Dioachd albeit still a couple of km away. There was plenty of interest to be enjoyed as I sauntered along before a fairly gradual descent led to a col and the final climb to gain the top of Stob Dubh. The weather had stayed fair and I was able to enjoy an extended and leisurely lunch. I surveyed the hillsides opposite with interest as they would form part of my intended itinerary for the morrows wanderings. It was eventually time to leave the airy top, all that was now required was to retrace my steps back over Beinn Ceitlan before dropping back down into the Glen and finding somewhere to park up for the night.

Alltchaorunn cottage & Stob na Broige

Alltchaorunn cottage & Stob na Broige

Glen Etive

Glen Etive

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