Aonach Eagach : Don’t. Look. Down.

Sometimes when you’ve been really looking forward to something for many years, finally achieving it can be a bit of a let down.  That’s definitely NOT the case with the Aonach Eagach ridge !

One of the (many) pleasures of staying at the Clachaig Inn in Glen Coe, is an evening stroll along the road to the West to look up at the narrow ridge line that is Aonach Eagach.  For years this has haunted me : half of me desperate to get up there and test son Sam and myself against Scotland’s ultimate scramble – and half of me thinking of the all too real risks entailed.  This year I came up with the solution : call on the services of local mountain guide, Martin McDermott to help keep us on the right track – and more importantly in one piece!  To make the day even better, my nephew Lewis managed to get the day off and travelled over from Edinburgh to join us.

There’s not really much you can say about the route itself.  Basically, you drive along Glen Coe for a bit, then climb up a steep track to reach the ridge line at Am Bodach – then follow the crest of the ridge for about 3 miles.

Aonach Eagach is all about the scrambling.

Looking along from the start of the Aonach Eagach ridge

Looking along from the start of the Aonach Eagach ridge

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