The Tap of Glencoe, more commonly known as Pap of Glencoe or Sgurr na Cìche in Gaelic, is a distinctive mountain in the Scottish Highlands on the eastern side of Glencoe. It's part of the larger Bidean nam Bian massif and is most known for its unique conical shape.
The mountain's name, "Pap of Glencoe," can be interpreted as "the breast of Glencoe," which refers to its distinctive shape. In Gaelic, "Sgurr na Cìche" holds a similar meaning.
The location of the Tap of Glencoe is central to understanding Scotland's geography. Scotland is often divided into the Lowlands and the Highlands. Glencoe, including the Tap, lies in the Highlands, a region known for its stunning natural beauty, including mountains, lochs, and forests. The Scottish Highlands are the most mountainous area in the British Isles and are often seen as representing the very essence of Scotland.
The Glencoe region, including the Tap of Glencoe, has historically been significant due to its location on trading and military routes. It lies near the historical drover's road, now the modern A82 road, which has been an essential north-south route in western Scotland for hundreds of years. The area has been a strategic point in various military operations, including during the Jacobite risings in the 18th century.