"Glen Coe" Scotland Things to Do Tip by Niekie

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by Niekie

If you want to visit the highlands, Glen Coe is an absolute must! Coming from the southeast by road you enter the glen by the pass of Glen Coe. The second you reach the pass, you will be struck with its beauty. This has to be one of the most dramatic, spectacular area?s in Scotland. And even though Glen Coe attracts many visitors, it still retains its majesty.

Glen Coe litterally means ?valley of weeping? and besides applying to its natural splendor it also has a negative connotation. At the end of the 17th century around 45 members of the clan MacDonald were murdered by members of the Campbell clan by order of the government. The MacDonalds had failed to meet the deadline for signing an oath of allegiance to king William II, and the government, long wishing to supress the clans, took the opportunity to punish this ?lawlessness?. Cambell of Glenlion was ordered to execute this deed, and after enjoying the highland hospitality of the MacDonalds for 10 days, the Campbells turned on their hosts and slay them. To this day the people remember it as the Glen Coe massacre.

If you are reasonably fit, you cannot leave before doing a walk in the area. The walk into the hidden valley, the Allt Coire Gabhail, is a classic one and will lead you to the lost valley where the Glen Coe massacre took place. This walk takes up half a day, but there are many more short or long hikes that can be done. If you have the equipment and experience there are also opportunities for climbing.

There is an excellent visitors centre off the A82, just past the turn for Glencoe village. There is a ranger present who can advise you in walking options etc.

Directions: 20 miles south of Fort William, the A82 goes through Glen Coe.

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  • Updated Nov 25, 2004
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