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Glencoe

Last updated: 12 March, 2024

Today, Glencoe is an adventure playground for skiers, mountaineers (munro-baggers) and walkers but this magnificent brooding glen was once the scene of one of the bloodiest massacres in Scottish history.

Thirty-eight unarmed members of the MacDonald Clan were slain in 1692 by forces loyal to King William III. The treacherous soldiers had been fed and sheltered by the Clan for 2 weeks before suddenly turning on them – just one of the many fights and switching of allegiances in the feudal clans that held power in the day.

The state-of-the-art visitor centre has exhibits and displays that depict the gruesome event, plus information on the area’s geology, wildlife and mountaineering history.

While you’re there 

After Glencoe, stop by the MacDonald monument in the village, erected as a tribute to those slain in the massacre here.

For great Highland views, take the chairlift up into the mountains from the ski area base station at Glencoe. You’ll soar 2,200ft in 12 minutes. There’s also an in-house ranger service that can advise you on going for a walk in the Glencoe hills.

Logistics

Price from: £6
Minimum age: 0
Age suitable: 13+
When: All year around

Getting there & doing it

The visitor centre has interactive displays and exhibits about the local wildlife, geology, and history, including a 15-minute video presentation about the famous battle. There’s a café on site serving home-made soup and sandwiches.

When to do it

The visitor centre is open daily, all year round, apart from mid-December-Christmas.

Who to go with: organised tours

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*Includes a 50 minute cruise on Loch Ness in the tour price. Explore Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Scottish Highlands on this 12-hour tour from Edinburgh. Depart from Edinburgh on a luxury mini-coach and travel out into the Scottish Highlands to Glencoe with your guide. Stop at Fort Augustus on the banks of Loch Ness at marvel at the spectacular scenery, then continue on to explore the Cairngorms National Park. Admire the majestic mountain of Craig Meagaidh and continue through the Drummochter mountain pass to visit the Victorian town of Pitlochry. Group size limited to 16 to ensure a personalised experience.

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