It was over 30 years ago that I first visited Glen Etive - we took a boat ride from Bonawe virtually to the end of Loch Etive and walked back. Since then I have passed the end of the road that winds from Glen Coe many times. November 2013 saw us with a day to spare, clear blue skies and the chance of a return visit.
Glen Etive has much of the magnificence of Glencoe but with far fewer visitors, most of those are either hiking, kayaking or in search of peace and quiet. The single track road closely follows the river Etive as it flows between Buachaille Etive Mor and Sron Na Creise, through the Loch Etive Forest to the shore where there is a car park just past Gualachulain. As with all single track roads in Scotland there are passing places but these get fewer and further between as you get nearer the loch so extra care is needed – take your time!. There are no cafes or gift shops to be found here just scenery, more scenery and herds of deer –- BLISS!
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