Stob Ghabhar and Stob a’Choire Odhair Walk
Confident and experienced hillwalkers should only attempt the Stob Ghabhar and Stob a'Choire Odhair Walk due to the elevation gain, scrambly descent in one section, and narrow ridges with steep drops. However, the views from both Munros open up to unreal views of the rugged, vast Highland landscape stretching into the horizon.
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Route Description for Stob Ghabhar and Stob a’Choire Odhair Walk
The Stob Ghabhar and Stob a'Choire Odhair Walk make for a rewarding, epic adventure, but it is not for the faint of heart. Ensure you have the stamina and hillwalking skills to complete this walk safely. Expect some technical sections en route to both Munros: narrow ridges, a scrambly trek downhill by a waterfall, and a technical ascent. However, the panoramic views make the pain and momentary adrenaline rushes worth it.
From the car park, head towards the path signed "Public Footpath to Loch Etive by Glen Kinglas," passing a former local schoolhouse before heading across the stream and taking the path to your right. Get ready for some boggy sections as the scenery opens up to lovely Highland-ish views. When the primary trail crosses Allt Caolinn Duibh, go right to meet up with a path that will eventually lead to a stalkers' path. Follow the switchbacks gradually guiding you uphill, continuing towards the cairn even when the path fades along the vast slopes. Eventually, you'll reach the first Munro of the day: Stob a'Choire Odhar 945 m. Revel in Rannoch Moor colouring the scenery to the north. If you're not well-versed in hillwalking, we advise turning around here to retrace your steps back to the car park.
Those continuing will follow the west ridge to the bealach, sitting at 66 m before heading along the westward path. At the not-so-obvious fork, keep left to head uphill WSW. After 300 m, the route kicks it up a gear! Then, start climbing up the steep slopes south. It helps to double-check your map here to make sure you're going the right way. This ascent is super technical due to loose rocks and scree. Be careful along here! Pat yourself on the back when you reach the ridge (Aonach Eagach).
From here, go right to follow the ridge's crest. You'll encounter a narrow section, but nothing too technical along here! Cross a notch and then tackle a short ascent before arriving at a cairn. Take note of this cairn as you'll come back here for the descent!
Keep along the ridge as it veers toward the last ascent to the second Munro of the walk: Stob Ghabhar 1,087 m. Bask in the undulating landscape cradling a loch. Then, turn around and go back to the cairn from before, the one close to the final ascent to the top. From here, go along a minimal-looking path down towards an old fence line. Keep along the fence to meet up with Stob Maol ridge. A bit lower, the trail veers left towards a stream, staying along the fence posts! However, you will have to cross Allt Coire na Muic to get to the falls.
When you get to the far side of the burn, the path becomes super steep, worn down, and scrambly, taking you down the falls' north side. After, the terrain eases and takes you towards Allt Toaig. You'll have to cross this, which may be tough to do when the water is high, to get to the path on the other side. When you reach this path, take a right to follow the same trail that you started on back to your car.
Getting to the Stob Ghabhar and Stob a’Choire Odhair Walk Trailhead
The Stob Ghabhar and Stob a'Choire Odhair Walk starts from the Victoria Bridge Car Park.
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