An unforgettable place of dramatic mountains, rare beauty and haunting history
Stand at the sites of the infamous Glencoe Massacre.
Get close to nature on a Wildlife Land Rover Safari.
Climb one of the towering mountains that surround the glen.
Spot some film locations – Glencoe has provided the backdrop for scenes in the Harry Potter films, The 39 Steps, Braveheart, Rob Roy and Skyfall.
Explore the visitor centre to learn about the glen, its wildlife and the families who lived here.
No description can re-create the impact of seeing Glencoe for the first time. It has long been one of the most famous places in Scotland, known equally for its awe-inspiring views and sorrowful past.
Glencoe is a place of history, wildlife, adventure and myths. The mountains were formed through violent volcanic eruptions, and then sculpted by massive glaciers. Fingal, the legendary Celtic hero, is said to have made his home among these towering mountains, while his poet son, Ossian, found inspiration in the landscape.
On 13 February 1692, 38 men, women and children of the MacDonald clan were murdered by a regiment of soldiers (acting on behalf of the government) whom they had welcomed into their homes. The tragedy of the Glencoe Massacre still has the power to evoke powerful emotions.
The Trust has cared for Glencoe & Dalness since 1935. We work to maintain footpaths, look after the fragile biodiversity and keep the landscape as precious and wild as it was when it first came into our care.
Glencoe’s award-winning, eco-friendly visitor centre is a brilliant place to learn about the landscape and soak up the sights – the viewing platform has mesmerising views of the mountains. The woodland trails lead into the lower levels of the glen, through birch and red deer territory, to the ruins at Inverigan, one of the sites of the Glencoe Massacre.
Glencoe is the home of Scottish mountaineering and climbers will find plenty of challenges in the crests and ridges of Aonach Eagach, the Three Sisters or any of the eight Munros on the estate. There are also good hillwalking routes and easier rambles, such as the walk to Signal Rock.
Speak to our rangers at the Outlook Station at the visitor centre about safety, weather, wildlife sightings and walk recommendations.
Relax in the self-service café – there is even an outdoor seating area so you can enjoy the views while you eat.
Visit the shop with its range of pocket-money toys and games, Scottish produce and wildflower seeds.
Dogs are welcome in the glen but must be under control, either on a lead or returning immediately to the owner’s side on command. Assistance dogs are welcome inside Glencoe Visitor Centre.
Car parking is available adjacent to the visitor centre and is free for members.
During the summer, our rangers offer a programme of walks and events. In addition, our popular Land Rover Safaris allow visitors of all abilities, including wheelchair users, to get a completely different view of the glen and its wildlife.
School groups are welcome and we have a wide-ranging education programme that can be tailored for all ages, from pre-school, primary and secondary schools to universities and professional development. For more information, contact the visitor centre.
Group discounts for the exhibition are available (20+) – booking is required. Please call 01855 811307 for further information.
The visitor centre, café, shop and toilets are accessible for wheelchair users.
Glencoe Visitor Centre is just off the A82, 17 miles south of Fort William.