Glencoe is an area of Scotland often remembered for the massacre of the MacDonalds by the Campbells in 1692, when the Clan chief of MacDonald failed to declare his allegiance to King William III. There is a monument for the fallen MacDonalds in Glencoe village itself and the story can be read in many books and via the internet.
Our selection of walking tours in Glencoe allow you to take in both the history of this awe inspiring place as well as the beautiful scenery on the many and varied walking routes. The Glencoe hills are accessible, not only in that the area is only a couple of hours away from Glasgow and Edinburgh, but also in that the mountains are arranged incompact blocks and don’ t usually require lengthy approaches. There’s tremendous variety here, which mean that our walking tours in Glencoe are great for those who wish to get out in the hills and push themselves a little but don’t possess the experience and technical ability needed to scale some of the other Scottish mountains such as the Cuillin on Skye or the crests of the Torridon peaks. There’s a lot to gain from being in an area where the hills are in close proximity of each other, with so many different routes suitable for every level of walker in a fairly small area.
Our Classic Walking tours in Glencoe have something to offer everyone. Whether you want to gain access to the “Lost Valley” where the MacDonalds of Glencoe hid their rustled cattle, walk up the Pap of Glencoe, scale the “Great Herdsman” Buachaille Etive Mor, or even stand on the summit of Britain’s highest peak, Ben Nevis, Mountain Freedom can guide you there.
If you want to be even more adventurous you could join one of our Glencoe Ridges and Scrambles groups, climbing Buachaille Etive Mor via Curved Ridge or traverse the Aonach Eagach. With it’s wealth of rocky crests and crags, Glencoe is great for making a transition from easier hill walking into adventurous scrambling.
If this all sounds a little too adventurous, then some of our gentler walking tours in Glencoe, such as our Walking with a Camera programme can take you to Steall Falls in Glen Nevis, where scenes for the movie Braveheart were shot, or to see the spot in Glencoe where Hagrid’s hut was filmed for the 3rd Harry Potter movie, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. You could also take the little Corran ferry over to Ardgour and Strontian where you could take a stroll through the woods attempting to identify the many fungi that grow there, or climb to the top of Beinn Resipol’s 850 metre summit for wonderful views out over Ardnamurchan, the most westerly part of the British mainland.
The West Highland Way runs through this part of Scotland and our walking tours in Glencoe often follow sections of this popular long distance trail. You may even become inspired to return and hike the whole 96 miles from Glasgow to Fort William!
In this mountainous area of Scotland the wildlife is abundant and often easy to see and hear. During the deer rutting season, September & October, a walk to the Lost Valley will often be accompanied with a sound like dinosaurs as the stags’ calls echo around the valley, a sound that once heard will never be forgotten. Ptarmigan can be spotted roaming around the higher slopes. In the winter months with their white feathery boots evident to keep their feet and legs warm against the cold wind and snow of the Scottish winters. On our walking tours in Glencoe we can help you spot these creatures and tell you a little about how they live in this sometimes harsh environment.
If you fancy something a little different and are happy walking longer distances but don’t want to scale the mountains it is possible to take a train to Corrour station in the heart of Rannoch Moor, which is the most remote station in the UK. From there you have the choice of walking to Kinlochleven, a distance of 15 miles with 600 meters of ascent or returning to Spean Bridge, 15 miles 250 meters of ascent. Both of these walks across the ice scoured Rannoch Moor take around 6 – 8 hours to complete.
As you can see, our various walking tours in Glencoe offer vary varied programmes suitable for people from a moderate general level of fitness to those who want to push their boundaries a little further under the safe guidance of an expert who knows the area extremely well. Our guides’ knowledge of this amazing place can bring you closer to the people who once lived and worked here,the wildlife, and the fascinating story of how the glen was formed.
As well as the terrific walking experience on offer through our walking tours in Glencoe, we can advise you on the wide range of excellent accommodation and hospitality available to you. There are many historic places full of character such as the Clachaig Hotel at the foot of the glen, which offers good food and entertainment as well as accommodation. The Kings House Hotel at the top of the Glen has deer roaming freely around the land surrounding the house and superb views across Rannoch Moor. Inchree, wellplaced between Fort Wiliam and Glencoe, also offers chalets and rooms along with a good restaurant. There are also a number of great cafes in the area – always worth a visit for coffee and cake after a walk.
So why not join one of our walking tours in Glencoe? We promise you will be talking about your experience for a long time after….