The namesake of our Master Garden View room Etive, Glen Etive and its river and loch are quiet treasures of the Highlands. Located north of Ardanaiseig in Glencoe, Glen Etive features the two munro mountains Buachaille Etive Mòr, a 1,021m-high peak affectionately known as the Great Herdsman of Etive, and Buachaille Etive Beag, a lower 958m-high peak. The below photos show some views from a cloudy but spectacular climb of Buachaille Etive Beag, and you can find out more information about tackling Buachaille Etive Mòr here.
Views from a climb up Buachaille Etive Beag
Loch Etive is 31.6km long and can be accessed in Glencoe, as well as near Oban where its narrow mouth creates an at-times rough tidal race known as the Falls of Lora. The river Etive is popular with water sports enthusiasts, especially whitewater kayakers who enjoy its high water levels and large waterfalls.
With its spectacular Highland views, it is easy to see why Glen Etive was used as a location in the 2012 James Bond film ‘Skyfall’. In fact, Ian Fleming’s family once had a lodge in the same glen, so his much-loved character’s heritage is clearly no coincidence. William Wordsworth even wrote a poem ‘Composed in the Glen of Loch Etive’ that you can read here.
Whether you visit for the stunningly inspirational views, adventurous activities, or movie-reminiscence, Glen Etive, its river, and loch are must-sees during a visit to this area of the world. And if you come stay at Ardanaiseig, perhaps you’ll get to experience our Master Garden View room of the same name, which is located on the ground floor and features a king or twin size beds, as well the option of two extra beds if you’re bringing the whole family. Find out more about this room here.
By Rosalea Collinge