How to climb the Pap of Glencoe

The Highlands of Scotland is such a vast area that it can be a little overwhelming trying to decide exactly where to visit. As we were staying in Kinlochleven and hadn’t visited the Highlands before, we made the decision to visit areas that were local to us.

Our first full day was beautifully sunny and so we headed to the Glencoe Visitor Center to see what walks we could do that are suitable for less experienced walkers. The center has a cafe, multiple help desks and a really interesting exhibition about the Massacre of Glencoe (which is free if you are a National Trust member). The Pap of Glencoe seemed like a perfect walk for us- breathtaking views but not too steep an incline and no climbing equipment necessary. The weather also could not have been better and made our walk to the top all the more enjoyable. It’s difficult to describe just how beautiful this climb was so have taken more than enough pictures so you can have a look for yourselves. Generally, it was a fairly easy climb, minus the small snowy and icy patches as a result of the recent snowfall. It took us around 2 and a half hours to go up (stopping to admire the view on the way and enjoying a packed lunch) and an hour or so to walk back down. If you are a more experienced walker than I imagine you could climb this more quickly then we did!

Fancy doing this walk? Take a look here for a more in depth description of the walk and helpful advice and information. There are multiple places you can start the walk from but we came by car and parked around 400m along the minor road towards the Clachaig. There is plenty of space to park so you don’t have to worry about not finding a space and from here we took the Orbital path up to the top.

At the end of our walk we were keen to warm up in one of the local coffee shops. We had planned on going to the Glencoe Cafe but were just a little too late so we headed to Crafts and Things instead, which was just a 5 minute drive away from the car park.

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All in all, it was a lovely walk and we really enjoyed spending the day in the sunshine and enjoying each others company. What are your top Scotland walks? I’d love to hear from you!

 

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