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Glencoe

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There is a village at Glencoe with two hotels , a youth hostel and a private bunkhouse. However the name also covers the immediate area around the village and, in particular, the excellent mountain chains on each side of the road.

Historically Glencoe is known for the terrible and treacherous massacre of the MacDonald clan but any horrors associated with this are soon banished by the views from the tops, povided it is not misty.

As you approach Glencoe from the south, the pinnacle ridge to the right of the road is Aonach Eagach. It is one of the best on the mainland but the potential falls really are prodigious so don't take anybody suffering vertigo.

The lovely peaks to the left, leading to Bidean nam Bhean also have an unenviable accident record, though there are many good walks here in reasonable weather. Nearest the road are the 'three sisters of Glencoe.' Find your way to the delectable 'Lost Valley,' where the MacDonalds used to keep rustled cattle.

If you bypass the village on the A82 you will reach a good information centre. If you are heading for anywhere in the north of Scotland, although it may be much quicker by the A9, you really should try to travel on the A82 from Fort William to Tyndrum in one direction for the glorious scenery.

At the top end of the Glen you'll find one of the best hikes in the area that will take you up Buchille Etive Mor, a mountain that just peaks at over 3000ft. Locally known as The Buchille, its an easy 3 hour hike & from the summit you get glorious views of Rannoch moor, Ben Nevis (the UKs highest mountain), & Glen Etive. Most people start their Hike from the Kings House Hotel which is one of Scotlands oldest Inns & home to a number of Scottish climbing clubs.

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September 15, 2004 change by davidx (2 points)

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