A guided traverse of the Aonach Eagach in Glencoe. One of Scotland’s finest and most famous ridgelines. Access straight from Glencoe and finishing at the Clachaig – one of the Finest places imaginable for a celebratory drink to finish.
Guided Traverse of the Aonach Eagach
A guided traverse of the Aonach Eagach, famously dubbed the narrowest ridge on the British mainland. This is an extremely popular ridge to do and rightly so! It is situated in Glencoe and from the tops you get phenomenal views across the Glen. It is also often prone to Inversions in the Glen which make it even better.
The Traverse is typically done East to West and finishing at the Clachaig Inn for a well earned respite. It is rated as a grade two scramble and will require a good level of fitness but you do not need to have much mountain experience before booking on to this. All of our instructors will guide you along the traverse of the Aonach Eagach and help you along the way. This may involve sections of spotted scrambling or potentially the use of a rope in places to safeguard everyone.
The route will typically take anywhere from six to eight hours for the average individual but it is well worth the time on it. The hardest sections of scrambling are coming down off the first top and nearer the end at the crazy pinnacles.
Depending on how tired everyone is there is the option to extend the guided traverse of the Aonach Eagach by ascending the Pap of Glencoe (another half hour of ascent or so right at the end of the day) to get equally stunning views looking out onto Loch Leven and out towards Loch Linnhe.
What to Bring on your Guided Traverse of the Aonach Eagach
- Boots – we can supply these if you don’t have your own.
- Drinks bottle & lunch.
- Warm Clothes
- Sunglasses, hat, suncream
- Midge Repellent
- Any medication
What we supply:
- Transport from/to Newtonmore, Fort William or Glencoe.
- All Technical Equipment – i.e harness, helmet & ropes.
- Fully qualified instructors.
- Friendly, knowledgeable and professional staff who are dedicated to making the most of your day. We are not set to time constraints on our days – it is about the clients experience! A standard traverse of the Aonach Eagach takes between 6-8 hours but if it takes longer due to conditions or personal reasons (so long as it can be achieved safely) then that’s not a problem.
Note – By their very nature journeys in remote or mountainous country can be affected by weather and other environmental factors. Your guide/s may have to alter the itinerary to ensure group safety.
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If you are interested in other ridges in the area then why not take a look at the CMD arete version of Ben Nevis ascent?