Bidean nam Bian & The Lost Valley

Bidean nam BianGlencoe boasts a wealth of desired Scottish walks and is home to some of the most stunning landscapes in the country.

On this challenging mountain excursion, we will tackle Bidean nam Bian (The Peak of the Mountains), Argyll’s highest summit via the hidden Lost Valley. The Lost Valley, officially named Coire Gabhail, meaning the glen of capture is steeped in history, not only being where the Macdonald Clan hid their stolen cattle, but it was also used as an escape route during the massacre of Glencoe in 1692.

Our walk begins by crossing the gorge containing the River Coe before making our way up the valley alongside the stunning Allt Coire Gabhail. The scenery in the Lost Valley is incredible, with the giant crag faces of Gearr Aonach and Beinn Fhada plummeting down towards us; it gives you a real sensation of what life would have been like in the dinosaur age.

The Lost ValleyFrom here we begin our steep ascent towards our Munro summit of the day – Bidean nam Bian. Bidean nam Bian is the name given to describe the rugged massif that extends across the south side of Glencoe. It is surrounded by huge dramatic crags and rock-strewn ridges and as such the terrain is steep and requires some mild scrambling.

You are rewarded at the summit of this significant peak with awe inspiring views across the majestic Glencoe mountain range and beyond. The glistening Loch Etive to the southwest, the famous Ben Nevis to the North and the Isle of Mull are just some of the countless highlights.

For those looking to bag an extra Munro summit, there is the option to continue along the ridge to reach the summit of Stob Coire Sgreamhach before making our descent back down into the Lost Valley.

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