• The sun breaks through on an early September day in Glencoe
    The sun breaks through on an early September day in Glencoe© The National Trust for Scotland
  • In all there are over 49 miles of footpaths on the property
    In all there are over 49 miles of footpaths on the property© The National Trust for Scotland
  • Glencoe is home to 8 of the Trust's 46 Munros
    Glencoe is home to 8 of the Trust's 46 Munros© The National Trust for Scotland
  • Glencoe visitor centre
    Glencoe visitor centre© The National Trust for Scotland
  • Glencoe from the east
    Glencoe from the east© The National Trust for Scotland
  • The most famous Scottish glen is also one of its most dramatic
    The most famous Scottish glen is also one of its most dramatic© The National Trust for Scotland
  • The romantic image of the highlands can be experienced in Glencoe
    The romantic image of the highlands can be experienced in Glencoe© Penny van Millingen
  • The scenic drive through Glencoe
    The scenic drive through Glencoe© Penny van Millingen

Myths and legends abound in this magical place. It’s easy to imagine that Fingal, the giant Viking-killer of Celtic mythology, made his home among the towering mountains, and that his poet son, Ossian, found inspiration in the beauty and serenity of the landscape. You’ll see many references to the two of them in place names throughout the area, including Ossian’s Cave.

It’s also very easy to picture the events of 13 February 1692 – the Massacre of Glencoe. On that cold, bloody night, 38 unsuspecting MacDonalds were killed as they slept by soldiers who had billeted with them for 12 days.

There’s a monument to the MacDonalds in Glencoe village, where the order was given to begin the massacre, just a short walk from the Glencoe Visitor Centre.

And that’s not the only blood on the ground – the notorious Appin Murder, which inspired Robert Louis Stevenson’s fictionalised account in Kidnapped, also took place nearby. James Stewart, the brother of chief suspect Alan, was hanged for the murder close to where Ballachulish Bridge stands today.

Fiction and fantasy are part of the fabric of the glen – its stunning scenery makes it an ideal film location.

It’s been the backdrop for, among others, Rob Roy, Braveheart, Highlander, The 39 Steps, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and most recently James Bond.

Glencoe Guidebook

Glencoe Guidebook

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 …

Glencoe Guidebook£5.00
 

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Opening times & Prices

29 May
  • Visitor Centre: 9.30 - 17.30
  • Exhibition: 9.30 - 17.30
  • Shop: 9.30 - 17.30
  • Café: 9.30 - 17.30
  • Site: all year daily
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Prices
  • Member: FREE
  • Adult: £6.50
  • Family: £16.50
  • 1 Parent: £11.50
  • Concession: £5.00

Gradings & Awards

  • The Green Tourism Award - Gold
  • Scottish Tourist Board - 4 Star