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The Mountains

Na Beanntan

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“I know it’s a cliché, but I have to say I think the Buachaille [Etive Mòr] is my favourite hill. It just is so beautiful. As you come over the Moor, you come up and you come around the corner and there it is. And you think – YES. I’m coming home, this is where I want to be. It’s just a beautiful hill.” - Ann Winning, local mountaineer

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Oral history recording of Ann Winning, member of the LSCC

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Listen to Ann talk about her early experiences of mountaineering during the 1970s.

 The Ladies Scottish Climbing Club (LSCC) lease Black Rock Cottage, located in Glen Coe just off the A82, as a base for their activities.

Since its foundation in 1908, the aim of the LSCC has been 'to bring together women who are committed to mountaineering in Scotland and to encourage all aspects of mountaineering at home and abroad'.


Read further through our blogs

Read about the folklore that surrounds Ossian’s Cave in our blog 'Stories from Glencoe'. Ossian’s Cave is a deep gash on the north face of Aonach Dubh (the western-most of the Three Sisters).

Ever wondered what the Gaelic names of the mountains mean? Read about it in 'What's in a Name? The Mountains of Glencoe'.

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Glencoe Mountain Rescue

“Over the years we have taken great pride in our rescue work; it is a task we do not take lightly or for granted. Being in the team is a discipline – we all need self-discipline, it is the key to escape mediocrity and a couch-potato lifestyle.” – Ronnie Rodger, former member of Glencoe Mountain Rescue

A love of the mountains, and the outdoor sports they provide, is often passed down from generation to generation, and enjoyed within family circles. Ronnie Rodger is connected to Nicol Marquis’ family by marriage (Nicol was a local shepherd who made the first recorded ascent in Glencoe to Ossian's Cave in 1868). The Glencoe Mountain Rescue team has provided a voluntary search and rescue emergency service since 1961.


Women in the Mountains

There are some truly inspiring achievements and adventures by women in mountaineering, which you can read more about in our blog 'Women Move Mountains'.

Girls on Hills empower women with the skills and confidence necessary to become independent in the mountain environment. Girls on Hills is the UK's only guided trail, fell and skyrunning running company, designed specifically for women. Their guided runs are aimed at women who want to break free from the road and take their running into the mountains. They also offer navigation, mountain safety and hillwalking courses suitable for beginners. They are active across the Scottish​ Highlands (Glen Coe, Lochaber and the Cairngorms) and in Snowdonia and the Lake District National Park. Hannah from Girls on Hills was our guide for our Historic Sponsored Hike in September 2023 which involved a group walking up the Hidden Valley. 

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