Glencoe Village, Scottish Highlands.

Glencoe Village, Scottish Highlands.

This evening, I am posting information on Glencoe, one of Scotland’s top visitor sites.

Location is about eighteen miles south of Fort William in the Western Highlands.

Glencoe is famous for a combination of stunning mountainous scenery and an infamous massacre which occurred there in 1692.

Etymology: The word glen comes from the Gaelic gleann which is a valley named after the river that drains it, that is the River Coe. Origin of the word Coe is not clear.

Landform:  Glen Coe is a deep glacial trough bounded by steep slopes rising steeply from sea level to summit altitudes over 3000 feet (900 m). Glaciers were present until 10,000 years ago and the resultant steep rock walls prove popular with climbers.

Glencoe Massacre: Apart from the spectacular scenery, Glencoe is perhaps best known for the massacre which occurred on February 13th 1692 when a detachment of Government troops (comprised of members of Clan Campbell), acting on military orders, turned on their hosts, the MacDonalds of Glencoe  and killed at least 38 of the local clan community although the final death toll was probably much higher due to a combination of starvation and hypothermia.   A memorial to the 1692 massacre is located in the village of Glencoe as illustrated in image below.

Massacre Memorial at Glencoe Village, Scotland.

Massacre Memorial at Glencoe Village, Scotland.

Visitor Interests:

  • Cruising and fishing trips on nearby Loch Leven.
  • Golf at Ballachulish.
  • Horse riding.
  • Watersports at Ballachulish.
  • Glencoe Safaris (4 X 4)
  • Glencoe National Trust Visitor Centre  (emphasis on the landscape and ecology).
  • Glencoe & North Lorn Folk Museum.
  • Skiing and snowboarding (in season).
  • Relaxation and leisure activities.
  • Photography.
  • Hiking and mountaineering.
  • Paragliding.
  • Open Water Swimming.
  • Scenic Glen Etive.

Here is a video clip of a drive through Glencoe’s mountainous scenery.

Glencoe landscape, Scotland.

Glencoe landscape, Scotland from vantage point on A82 highway.

Glencoe landscape, Scotland.

Glencoe landscape, Scotland viewed from National Trust Visitor Centre,

Scenery at Clachaig Inn, Glencoe.

Scenery at Clachaig Inn, Glencoe.

Visiting Deer at Kings House Hotel, Glencoe

Visiting Deer at Kings House Hotel, Glencoe

Landscape near Kings House Hotel, Glencoe.

Landscape near Kings House Hotel, Glencoe.

Paragliding at Glencoe, Scotland.

Paragliding at Glencoe, Scotland.

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