Glencoe Lochan

Set in the grounds of the former home of the Earl of Strathcona, Glencoe Lochan is a swathe of conifer forest in one of the most idyllic settings imaginable. Reputedly, the earl – who was the governor-general of Canada for a time – created the wood to ease his Canadian wife’s homesickness, and certainly there is more than a passing resemblance between Glencoe Lochan and Lake Louise in Alberta. The tranquil lochan is enveloped by the woodland, with towering mountains forming a stunning backdrop that is perfectly reflected in the clear waters.

Glencoe Lochan is an ideal hiking territory, with several graded walking routes to suit visitors of all abilities. The least demanding route takes you around the edge of the lochan along even ground that is suitable for wheelchairs, with several picnic benches offering a peaceful place to absorb the
outstanding scenery, feed the ducks or capture some memorable photographs.

The more challenging trails zigzag through the woodland along undulating paths or head steeply uphill to give impressive views over Loch Leven, and the mountains of Beinna’ Bheithir and the Pap of Glencoe.


Arriving by car

Glencoe Lochan is situated close to the village of Glencoe: leave the A82 and head east through the village centre and over the humpback bridge. The entrance to Glencoe Lochan is signposted to the left shortly after.

Car parking is available (charges apply).

Arriving by bus

Glencoe is served well many bus services which stop on the outskirts of the village. Glencoe Lochan can be reached after a 15-20-minute walk.

The nearest toilet facilities are in Glencoe village.

• Follow the Glencoe Geotrail to learn how the dramatic landscape was carved by glaciers and
volcanic eruptions.
• Visit some of the most recognised and beautiful film locations, including backdrops from Skyfall and the Harry Potter series.

Glencoe village offers several fine eateries where you can grab a light lunch or unwind over dinner.

The Glencoe Café, situated halfway along the main street, offering speciality coffees, loose leaf teas, and a varied selection of breakfasts and lunchtime snacks, including home-baked scones.

A range of local gifts, maps, and books is also available.

Priding itself for its hospitality, the Glencoe Gathering serves delicious dishes, including farm-assured Scottish lamb, beef and venison, pizza, burgers, and some of the finest fish in the country.


Just outside Glencoe Lochan, at the Clachaig Inn, is the location of Hagrid’s Hut, where the outdoor shots for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban were also filmed.

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