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Pass of Glencoe

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Introduction

The Pass of Glencoe and its village are remembered for a terrible abuse of hospitality and massacre in 1692, which is still the subject of considerable controversy. However it is undeniably the site of some tremendous highland scenery.

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Geography

On the northern side of the glen is a superb ridge Aonach Eagach that vies with Torridonian An Teallach further north to be considered the finest on the mainland. On the southern side there is a complex mountain structure with Bidean nam Bian. The main peak is not seen from the many cars that pass down the road through the glen because of three major protuberances known as the 'Three Sisters of Glencoe.' Between the top two is what is usually called 'The Lost Valley,' where the MacDonald clan used to keep their cattle.

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Villages

  • Glencoe Village is at the bottom end of the glen, near where it reaches Loch Lynne, a very large sea loch extending to Fort William.

Near the bottom of the glen, Loch Leven, that extends to Kinlochleven. At one time the way north was either to follow a road round Loch Leven or to cross it on the Ballachulish car ferry. Strictly speaking, Glencoe is the only village in the glen.

  • Ballachulish
  • Kinlochleven, freed from the traffic escaping from the ferry queue and well after the closure of its aluminium works, is now at the head of a highly scenic and pretty quiet route. It is a regular stop on the West Highland Way.

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Sights and Activities

There is ample scope for climbers as well as walkers.

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Drink

  • Clachaig Inn, Glencoe. +44 (0)1855 811252

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Sleep

Mid-Range

  • Ballachulish Hotel - 0844 855 9133

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