12:45,
Monday,
10 December 2018.

Glencoe, Scotland

The valley of Glen Coe is one of the most dramatic places in Scotland. In fine weather it is magnificent. In poor weather it can generate an atmosphere of foreboding that in itself is awesome. Steeped in history the area is known throughout the world, probably best as a place of massacre. However, its simple outstanding beauty easily overshadows its macabre past.

Approaching from Rannoch Moor in the east you are greeted by the imposing form of the Buachaille Etive Mor (The Big Sheppard of Etive), one of Scotland’s finest mountains, standing like a guardian at the entrance to both Glen Coe and Glen Etive. From here the road starts it’s descent toward the sea. Plunging gorges fall away to one side, precipitous cliffs and craggy buttresses rise up on either as the road winds deeper into the valley. The parking zones dotted throughout, signify the starting point for many a walk or climb. The Clachaig Inn near the western entrance offers some of the best views in the country to compliment a refreshing drink or energy replenishing nibble.

The quiet villages of Glencoe and Ballachulish lie on the shores of Loch Leven at the western end of Glen Coe. It is here or in one of the other neighbouring settlements that accommodation can be found. Nearby villages providing accommodation include; Kinlochleven, Onich, North Ballachulish and South Ballachulish plus there are a few hamlets boasting hotels all within a short drive from Glen Coe. Any of these places prove ideal staging posts for exploring northwards to Fort William, southwards to Oban or eastwards to Rannoch Moor.

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