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Stob Ghabhar Walk

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Length: 9.5 miles (may be extended, 5 - 7 hours)
Start:  Victoria Bridge, Loch Tulla, Bridge of Orchy (GR NN270419)

Stob Ghabhar (pronounced "stob gower" Gaelic = pointed mountain of the goat) is a testing circular walk, beginning on easy paths which steepen after a couple of miles to provide energetic walking and scrambling up steep slopes and finishing on the spectacular and well defined ridge of Aonach Eagach with views to Rannoch moor and the mountains of Lorn. An easy finish down grassy slopes. Height 3560 ft

If poor weather makes the descent by Aonach Eagach dangerous the south shoulder is an easier route to lower levels without serious difficulty.

The Route

At Bridge of Orchy on the A82 take the unclassified road west over the bridge and follow this for about 3 miles to the car park just before the Victoria bridge - park here.

Walk over the bridge and turn immediately left on a gravel estate road for about a mile until you see the climbing club hut on the right (NN257425).

Turn north here to follow a footpath beside the Alt Toaig burn past some waterfalls (NN251440), continuing up steadily steepening slopes on the east side of the burn into Corrie Toaig.

The graggy slopes of Aonach Eagach loom above to the west of the burn.

The track is now climbing steadily to the northwest to achieve a ridge overlooking Coirein Lochain at about 2200 ft (NN242458).

Heading west now then south on a steep scramble up through scree and rocks to Aonach Eagach, a top at about 3200 ft (NN237454).

The ill defined track continues just south of west now on a narrow ridge finally veering northwest to reach the top of Stob Ghabhar at 3560 ft (NN230455).

The return loop can be hard to find in cloud.

From the summit, return on the ascent path on a bearing of 146º for about 220 yards and look for a shallow depression between rocks to the right. Follow this depression for a few yards, then when clear, continue on 146º over intermittent rocky scree and rough grass to follow a broad grassy shoulder for about 1¾ miles to rejoin the ascent path downstream from the waterfalls on Alt Taoig.

After heavy rains the burn may present a little difficulty in finding a dryshod crossing. Retrace your route to the climbing club hut and the Victoria bridge.

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