Glen Etive, Glencoe Village

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Glen Etive is a glen in the Highlands of Scotland. The River Etive rises on the peaks surrounding Rannoch Moor, with several tributary streams coming together at the Kings House Hotel, at the head of Glen Coe. From the Kings House, the Etive flows for about 18 km, reaching the sea loch, Loch Etive. The river and its tributaries are popular with whitewater kayakers and at high water levels it is a test piece of the area and a classic run.
At the north end of Glen Etive lie the two mountains known as the "Herdsmen of Etive": Buachaille Etive Mòr and Buachaille Etive Beag. Other peaks accessible from the Glen include Ben Starav, located near the head of Loch Etive, and Beinn Fhionnlaidh on the northern side of the glen.
A narrow road from the Kings House Hotel runs down the glen, serving several houses and farms. This road ends at the head of the loch, though rough tracks continue along both shores.
The River Etive is one of Scotland's most popular and challenging white water kayaking runs. It provides a multitude of solid Grade 4 rapids with a variety of falls and pool drops.
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  • On a single track road you can drive up to Loch Etive. From there, longer hikes in the valley and around loch Etive are possible. It is a very nice route that invites too many photo stops.
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  • Many have posted comparison between Glen Etive and Skye, and while each is beautiful in its own right, Glen Etive far outdid Skye in my opinion. Glen Coe is absolutely amazingly beautiful too, but if ...  more »
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