Glencoe is a magical place that should be on every traveller’s wish list. If you’re looking for a romantic weekend getaway or are an outdoor explorer in search of a challenge, Glencoe is the place for you. Its biggest asset is its breath-taking scenery, with towering mountains and beautiful lochs and moorlands. These landscapes have been featured in numerous films, most notably in ‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’ and the James Bond film ‘Skyfall’. 

Do I Need to Book My Trip to Glencoe Early?

It’s advisable to book early, especially in the busy summer months and during the peak ski season in winter. However, you shouldn’t have too much trouble finding accommodation most of the time.

Which Area of Glencoe Should I Stay In?

Glencoe Village is very convenient, as it’s fairly close to the best trails whilst all of the important amenities are close to hand. You might also consider staying in Fort William, as there’s a wider range of accommodation there. If you like being out in the elements, you can camp out near where you’ll be walking. The camping site next to the ski centre is a great spot.

Caravans and Camping

If you’re mainly interested in walking, there are campsites right next to the best walkways. This way you avoid needing to drive to where you’re walking each morning. If you’re with a group of friends, camping will make your trip more of an outdoors adventure.

Country Houses and Mansions

For something a bit more special, Glencoe has some marvellous country houses and mansions that have a great historic atmosphere. If you’re on a romantic trip, this might be just what you’re looking for.

What’s the Best Time of Year to Visit Glencoe?

Weather is an important factor as you want to be able to fully appreciate Glencoe’s wonderful scenery. Although spring and summer have the best weather, bear in mind that July and August can be busy due to the schools being closed.

April, May and June are usually the driest months, but you should still check the forecast in advance because Scottish weather is often unpredictable. If you want to ski or snowboard, you’ll have to come in winter.

There are also a number of special events you might want to consider going to, such the Glencoe Festival of Art. This takes place on Wyman Green at the end of July, and showcases painters, photographers and other artists from throughout the country. It also has live music, shopping, and fun activities for children.

What Can I See in Glencoe?

The Glencoe Visitor Centre is a great place to start your visit. Take a few moments to learn about the area and grab some coffee before setting off for the day.

There’s no shortage of outdoors activities in Glencoe. You can try your hand at skiing or snowboarding at the Glencoe Mountain resort. There are also numerous mountain bike trails throughout Glencoe.

You can also try kayaking. Loch Leven is a great option for all abilities, whilst river Etive is more for professional kayakers due to its difficult rapids and drops.

Glencoe is one of the best places for walking in Scotland. Trails range from easy strolls to treacherous mountain climbs. Rannoch Moor is a popular spot, as it has an eerie beauty due to its heather and the mountains that surround it.

Glencoe is home to some of Scotland’s best wildlife, including red deer, golden eagles, white tailed eagles, red squirrels, otters, and harbour seals. At high altitudes you might see blue hares, foxes, ptarmigans, and snow buntings.

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THINGS TO DO IN GLENCOE

Aonach Eagach

Only for an experienced hill-walker, scrambler and mountaineer, the narrow Aonach Eagach ridge joins the two Munros of Meall Dearg and Sgor nam Fiannaidh and is one of the most famous ridges in Scotland.
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Climb the Pap of Glencoe

A familiar landmark in the area.  Starting point is a forest track on the edge of Glencoe village with parking available. The climb presents a rough, steep, boggy but rewarding hill walk with superb views all the way and a sensational panorama at the top.
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Hill walk all around Buachaille Etive Beag

The hill walk route goes all around Buachaille Etive Beag (means Small Herdsman of the Etive).  Starting point is near a car park off the A82.
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Escape to The Lost Valley

There’s a car park off the A82, facing the three sisters of Beinn Fhada. The walking route goes up Coire Gabhail.  Wonderful scenery throughout.
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Visit the Glencoe Folk Museum at the Village of Glencoe

The village lies at the Loch Leven end of the Glencoe Valley. The place is well known for its spectacular waterfalls and superb walking routes with magnificent views of the surrounding mountains.

Picnic at Glencoe Lochan

Drive to Glen Etive on the route featured in ‘Skyfall’

The road that takes you to Glen Etive is a single track road with passing places.  The road is less than 15 miles long ends at a small car park and disused pier at the head of Loch Etive but it leads you to some of the most stunning views you can find including the majestic Buacchaile Etive Mor mountain ridge.
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Loch Tulla

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Glencoe

Carved out by retreating glaciers from the ice age, the dramatic volcanic rock backdrop that makes Glen Coe is seen several times throughout the Harry Potter films.

Loch Etive

As with other areas of Scotland, you’ll be surprised how much of the landscape is recognisable.