Glencoe National Nature Reserve ***

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Looking west in to Glen Coe, Theee Sisters on the left, Courtesy Tony Gillanders


Glencoe is without doubt one of the world’s scenic highlights, but personally I would advise to enter the glen from the east for the best experience. Stunningly beautiful Glencoe, is one of Scotland’s best known glens, sitting alongside the A82 and approximately 25 km south of Fort William, it shadows the A82 from both sides, with the enigmatic Aonach Eagach ridge on one side and the Three Sisters, Beinn Fhada, Gearr Aonach and Aonach Dubh proudly sitting opposite. It can’t be helped wanting to stop and admire the wonderful sites of Glencoe, and thankfully there are plenty of car parking places along the way. Arriving from the south to Glencoe you pass through Rannoch Moor, before being welcomed by the massive pyramid shaped mountain of Buachaille Etive Mor, often crowned by low clouds and dominating the skyline ahead. Coming from Fort William you pass through the village of Onich before crossing the Ballachulish bridge, with Loch Leven and Loch Linnhe greeting you on either side. In fact, Glencoe is so popular that, at times, it might be busier than you maybe expected.

Glencoe is also known for the despicable 'murder under trust', the massacre of Glencoe, that took place in 1692.