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Pap of Glencoe (Sgorr na Ciche) (742m / 2434 ft), Glencoe, Scotland

The Story

I was up in Glencoe at the weekend of 6th & 7th May 2006, arriving on the Friday night. I was staying at the Black Rock Cottage, with its magnificent views down Glencoe to Buchaille Etive Mor, courtesy of Black Rock Mountaineering Club, of which I’m already a member. Some of the Club had already been there a few days. The forecast was good for the Saturday, rubbish for the Sunday.


Some of us had the intention of doing either the Buchaille or the Aonach Eagach ridge, but due to a recent return from a severe knee injury (see also my profile!) I intended doing the Pap of Glencoe, rightly famous for its views and being not too easy, but a bit of a pull nonetheless, ideal for my rehabilitation. The Saturday dawned clear and sunny, shorts and t-shirt weather and Bill Cook, who had done the Pap twice before and seen nothing due to inclement cloud, decided to join me.


The path is accessed from the unclassified road between the Clachaig Inn and Glencoe village about 1km from the youth hostel. There are a number of routes up, from the meandering to the utterly direct. We took one somewhere in between. At regular intervals we stopped to admire/photograph the view. It’s quite a straightforward, clear path, with a couple of bits which would be very boggy after not a lot of rain. 

The last bit consists of a scramble, not too testing, but enough to induce caution. We wandered around the summit, open mouthed, as the views are truly spectacular, I hope my photographs do them justice. A few others were on the hill, but not the crowds we had feared, given the ideal weather.


We took the direct route down, very boggy, it would be a nightmare after rain. Thence to the Clachaig to meet with the others for a glass of something, or two.


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Contributed by: Richard Johnson


NOT the Pap of Glencoe - this is the view of Buchaille Etive Mor from the Black Rock Cottage at the top of Glencoe

NOT the Pap of Glencoe - this is the view past Black Rock Cottage to Buchaille Etive Mor. (The cottage is owned by Scottish Ladies Mountaineering Club and is available to clubs affiliated to the Mountaineering Club of Scotland. As far as I am aware the Black Rock Mountaineering Club name is a coincidence, coming as it does from a rock in the Forth off Aberdour).

Loch Leven seen on the way up the Pap

Loch Leven seen on the way up the Pap

View of Beinn a Beithir (and Bill Cook)

View of Beinn a Beithir (and Bill Cook)

View west from the summit

View west over Loch Leven and Ballachulish to the peaks of Ardgour, from a bit higher