Visiting stunning Glencoe in The Scottish Highlands has been on our list for a long time and I think that everyone should come to this place at some point in their lives. Quite simply it is jaw-droppingly stunning. There is beauty on such a huge scale that it fair blew my socks off, and I struggled to continue on my journey and leave the area even though I was heading to the Isle of Skye and the promise of even more gob-smacking views. It was wonderful even though it was drizzling at the time … in fact the gloomy weather seemed to make the hills even more atmospheric and magical … and super-hard to leave!
Glencoe is probably Scotland’s most famous glen. It is bordered to the north by Aonach Eagach or ‘notched ridge’ – a pinnacled ridge linking three peaks over 3,000 feet which stretches for over three miles and is the narrowest ridge on the UK mainland. To the south the glen consists of a complex group of peaks, ridges and valleys which extend over ten miles to Loch Leven. Rather conveniently the A82 (map), which is the main road that you can’t fail to take if you’re traveling up the north west side of Scotland, runs right through the middle of the glen, so you would need to be driving with your eyes shut (not recommended!) to miss the sights. If you drive straight through without at least stopping and stretching your legs you’re missing out….big time! It seems as though there are waterfalls cascading down the hillsides everywhere you look. Even where the cloud is low you can see a line of white water, wiggling it’s way downwards to a stream or pool somewhere. Of course there are hotels and b&b’s in the area too so for the serious walkers out there it is worth basing a holiday here. There are also loads of other activities to do to such as skiing, cycling, climbing, and so on.
There are many mountain hikes in this area, but fortunately there are also many easy ‘dog’ walks. (easy walks) In fact we just spent a couple of hours repeatedly abandoning the car in various well sign-posted lay-bys and car parks (streetview) and wandering around with camera in hand before we had to leave and continue our journey to Skye. The scale and the beauty of Glencoe is, in my opinion, mind-blowing and I will go back as soon as possible.