Glencoe Mountains and Attractions

Glencoe in the Highlands of Scotland is often considered to be one of the most spectacular and beautiful places in the country.  The glacial valley runs for 10 miles from Rannoch Moor to Ballachulish were it meets Loch Linnhe.  Glencoe village lies at the north west end of the glen.  See also: Glencoe Information

reflections_on_rannoch_moorReflections on Etive Moor

The area offers some of the best climbing in the United Kingdom with 8 munros in the Glen itself.  Bidean Nam Bian is the highest at 1150m with Stob Coire Rainneach the lowest at 925m.  The West Highland Way runs through Glencoe before it concludes in nearby Fort William.  Glencoe was also  the stomping ground for climbing legends, Dougal Haston, Robin Smith and Hamish MacInnes.  MacInnes actually lived in the Glen and is renowned as the father of mountain rescue in Scotland.  He is nicknamed the ” Fox of Glencoe” because of his  climbing skills and knowledge.

glencoe_moor_scotlandRannoch Moor

Glencoe Mountain Resort sits on Rannoch Moor and provides excellent skiing and snowboarding in season and mountain biking, archery, orienteering and climbing in the summer months.  With 19 ski runs and 7 lifts the resort offers some of the best skiing in Britain.   There is a plateau for beginner skiers, boarders and sledgers.  When the snow melts there are two downhill biking trails (the black run is only recommended  for experienced downhill cyclists) and plateau trails for cross country riding.  Bikes and equipment(for children and adults)  can be hired on site.

Glencoe, has recently featured in Hollywood blockbusters such as Skyfall, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.  Its amazing scenery has appeared in the background in films as diverse as Restless Natives, Highlander, Braveheart, Complicity, The 39 Steps and Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

The history of Glencoe is wonderfully represented in the Glencoe and North Lorn Folk museum.  It is fair to say that most people associate Glencoe with its past and the infamous massacre of the MacDonald Clan by representatives of the Campbell Clan.  Some 78 people died(including women and children) as a result of the attack.  The brutality of this action was compounded by the fact that the MacDonalds had offered hospitality to their assassins.  Less well known is that several of the King’s men broke their swords rather than effect the order.  The massacre was oft referred to in the run up to the Jacobite uprisings of 1715 and 1745.

glencoe_three_sistersGearr Aonach (Short Ridge) and Aonach Dubh (Black Ridge)

Nearby Kinlochleven is home to the Ice Factor, the UK’s biggest indoor ice climbing centre. There is also the opportunity to climb indoors and an aerial adventure course.  This is the perfect venue to hone skills or simply  to try something new. There is a soft play area for little children and for the less active a sauna!  Kinlochleven is the penultimate stage of the West Highland Way and there are 10 Munros in the Mamores ridge above the village.

Whether you are a climber, walker or just visiting the area make sure that you stop to take in the majesty of this wonderful place.

For accommodation please visit; Glencoe Guest Houses



One thought on “Glencoe Mountains and Attractions

  1. Alba

    Have climbed Bidean Nam Bian on 6th January about 6 years ago. It was a space-scape with mountain streams frozen to a snowbound silence.

    Would thoroughly recommend this climb but only if experienced. It is the only climb in Scotland that I’ve experienced, that when or if you slip (left or right), you are in trouble. It is a steep fall both directions as you approach the summit.

    If you descend via “The Lost Valley” please note that there is a deadly fall to the right, which continues for some time (it was almost dark when we experienced this).

    One of my collegues has great photos and I’ll post them soon Cheers from Alba


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