The most famous Scottish glen is also one of its most dramatic, with forbidding mountains, thundering waterfalls and sparkling lochs. Internationally famous for its amazing landscape, its natural and cultural heritage; the scenery of Glencoe has been fashioned by millions of years of geological and geomorphologic processes is now regarded as some of the finest ‘wild’ landscape in Scotland.
The drama is also reflected in Glencoe’s history, both real and imagined – myths, massacre and movies are all now part of the fabric of this magical, mysterious place.
Walkers and climbers are drawn from all over the world to tackle its many mountaineering routes, including eight Munros, while animal-lovers come to catch a glimpse of Scottish wildlife including red deer, golden eagles and pine martens.
Before you explore, find out more about the landscape, history and wildlife at the award-winning Glencoe Visitor Centre. Including exhibition, viewing platform, cafe, shop and ranger information point.
Conservation work at Glencoe includes habitat and visitor management, footpath erosion work, species surveying and monitoring, and maintaining the iconic ‘wild land’ qualities of this landscape.
Eight of the Trust's 46 Munros can be found at Glencoe & Dalness (What is a Munro?).
Please remember how dangerous and difficult conditions can be in Glencoe and other mountainous places. We urge anyone considering going climbing or walking at any time, but especially in wintertime, to pay a visit to the The Mountaineering Council of Scotland website to find out more about mountaineering and hillwalking in Scotland.
You can also check in at the Glencoe Visitor Centre, where the Glencoe Ranger Service issue copies of daily weather reports from the Mountain Weather Information Service, and during the winter, daily avalanche reports from the Scottish Avalanche Information Service.
With towering mountains sweeping down on both sides, Glencoe is at once spectacularly beautiful and yet strangely forbidding. Glencoe is also the cradle of Scottish mountaineering and the area provides some of the finest climbing and walking in the …