Glencoe, Highlands

Glencoe, Highlands, Scotland

This evening, the focus of my blog is Glencoe, a stunning scenic area and one of Scotland’s top visitor attractions.

The scenery is a function of (a) intense volcanic activity of around 420M years ago and (b) moulding by glaciers with last ice age ending as recently as 10,000 years ago. In essence the landscape comprises a deep glacial trough bounded by steep slopes rising up to 3000 feet ( 1000 metres).

I addition to the rugged scenery, Glencoe is famous (or infamous) for a massacre which took place here in 1692 when a detachment of British military comprised of members of Clan Campbell were ordered to kill a community of MacDonalds in context of a Government policy to force the Highland clans into subjugation. It is believed that about 38 MacDonalds were killed directly with possibly another 60 dying of hypothermia and starvation making a total death toll of around 100. There is a memorial to this event in the village of Glencoe.

Glencoe, Highlands

Glencoe, Highlands, Scotland

 

Glencoe and Loch Leven

Glencoe and Loch Leven, Scotland

 

Glencoe, Highlands

Glencoe, Highlands, Scotland

 

Massacre Memorial, Glencoe

Massacre Memorial, Glencoe, Scotland

 

Glencoe, Highlands

Glencoe, Highlands, Scotland

Glencoe represents the majesty of nature and the folly of mankind.

Here are some video clips:

Clip 1

Clip 2-Winter

Clip 3

Glencoe is usually a ‘must’ in my tours of the Highlands.

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