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Pap of Glencoe (Sgorr na Ciche) is a 4.2 mile out and back trail located near Ballachulish, Highland, Scotland that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips.

Length 4.2 mi Elevation gain 2,260 ft Route type Out & Back
Hiking Nature trips Walking River Views Rocky Scramble
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Tremendous views starting from the ground level and changing as you go up. The 360 degree views at the summit are well worth the effort. Be warned this is a difficult climb. A short and steep hike - up the whole way there and only down on the way back. Poles and proper gear recommended when wet.

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Adam Young
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Hiking

Keep a close eye on the trail to start. Muddy and wet in some areas. Amazing views. If you’re a confident climber it is an easy scramble to summit. Trail is clearly visible. Would not attempt in poor weather or rain.

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Martha B
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HikingRocky

Beautiful hike with great view of the lochs and valleys. The last part of the hike is very hard and requires a lot of climbing. It didn’t feel very safe especially since it was raining and the rocks were slippery. But up until that part the hike was great!

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Mike Goss
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Hiking

Great trail.

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Mike Goss
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Hiking

Absolutely superb for a 70yr old on a bike.

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Jenny Towers
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HikingRockyScramble

Good fun and good views.

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Colleen McCausland
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Hiking
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Rosemary Robertson
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Hiking

Very difficult and felt dangerous coming back down. Midges were evil. Otherwise we loved it.

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Audrey Lachevre
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HikingGreat!

Hard hike with steep part but really worth it. The view on the top is amazing

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Megan Turner
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Hiking

Good challenge! Great views when you’re out of the clouds :)

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Tristan Iaboni
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HikingMuddyRockyScramble
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Karen Tsai
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It was nice, but the trail itself is overgrown and not exactly clear. Don’t know if it’s a personal experience, but we weren’t able to find a precise to-and-back path. Beautiful scenery though!

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Jeremy Riddle
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Beautiful peak and views. Ice and a bit of snow in December but not too bad. i did the loop version once i found the other route down.

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Brett Stovin
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HikingMuddyRockyScramble

Very difficult hike with a fair amount of scrambling. Most of the way up is what could be compared to a wet creek bed. Very muddy and very rocky. Absolutely worth the climb though! Look for the summit book at the top!

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Matt Vohnoutka
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HikingRockyScramble

My group and I made an attempt at summiting The Pap in early November 2019 on our way north from Glasgow to Skye. Finding the start of the trail wasn’t super intuitive. From the parking lot just past the electrical substation where many hiking sites recommend you park, do *not* start hiking uphill along the trail/gravel access road like we did. Instead, go back down from the parking lot towards the paved access road, and turn left to follow it down about a quarter mile. The trail will pick up after passing through two gates (take the one on your left after the gated entrance to Laraichean). You’ll know you’re on the right path if you hit a small footbridge over a stream. From there, it’s all uphill at varying degrees of incline. We had great weather for it, and didn’t encounter any ice or snow at any elevation in early November (though being from the States and not fully knowing what to expect, we did come equipped with microspikes, just in case). Even still, hiking poles are a great idea for this one, mostly for the descent. The trail was filled with loose rocks and was decently muddy, so having those extra balance points from the poles was a lifesaver. Overall though, this is a great out-and-back day hike that should take 4-5 hours under normal conditions.

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Ignasi Pons
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Ronan Turner
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Hiking

Lovely walk, we did it on a stunning day which was a massive help reading other reviews. We'll worth the hard work for summit.

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Alistair Aitken
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