Glencoe is one of Scotland’s most spectacular glens with world class mountain scenery and there are also plenty of things to do in Glencoe. The word Glencoe is sometimes translated as the Glen of Weeping which maybe down to a turbulent incident in it’s past, or it could be due to the copious volumes of water that run from the skies there and seem to drip off every surface.
Despite it’s name though, Glencoe is a wild an beautiful place and even just a drive up the main A82 road through the Glen should leave the casual visitor feeling energised by it.
To get back to that incident many years ago, the Massacre of Glencoe, a good place to start for the whole story is the Glencoe Visitor Centre which has been relocated, enlarged and improved in recent years. They tell teh whole story of the night that government troops, billeted with families in Glencoe were ordered to turn on their hosts and put all to the sword. The resulting story is tragic, but explains a lot about the Glen and how it is today.
Not far from the visitor centre there is a lovely woodland walk to Signal Rock, which is claimed to be where the signal came from for the massacre to begin. After your walk here the nearby Clachaig Inn is a fine spot to stop for a refreshment or bite to eat.
Glencoe is also an extremely popular location with walkers and climbers. Walks and scrambles like the Aonach Eagach, Curved Ridge on the Buachaille and Bidean nam Bian have attracted generations of climbers and still do. A degree of knowledge and experience is required for the majority of the mountain walks in Glencoe, even in the height of summer. Some visitors who are not ready to tackle the high tops might find they are able to walk to the Hidden Valley in the middle of the glen, or have a go at the Pap of Glencoe overlooking Loch Leven and Ballachulish at the west entrance to Glencoe. Other easy walks include a walk round Hospital Loch near the village of Glencoe.
Just to the west of Glencoe lies the Glencoe Ski Centre on the edge of Rannoch Moor. The ski center is now also open for mountain biking and has plenty of ski, board and biking events through the year, including the Coe Cup.
Nearby Glencoe is Kinlochleven, previously home to an aluminium smelter but now home to a superb indoor ice climbing center.
There are several places to stay in Glencoe, with more hotels around Ballachulish just to the west of the Glen.