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Glencoe National Nature Reserve

About this place

Dramatic mountains, rare beauty and haunting history in the heart of the Highlands

  • Don’t miss our eco-friendly visitor centre, your gateway to exploring Glencoe.
  • Follow in the footsteps of the Clan MacDonald and the tragic Massacre of 1692.
  • Get close to nature with our rangers on a wildlife Land Rover Safari.
  • Climb (or just admire) one of the eight Munro mountains that tower above the glen.
  • Discover a world-famous film location featured in Harry Potter, Outlaw King, The 39 Steps, Braveheart, Rob Roy and Skyfall.

No description can re-create the impact of seeing Glencoe for the first time. It has long been one of the most loved places in Scotland.

What is Glencoe famous for? It’s known equally for its awe-inspiring views and sorrowful past – it is a place of history, wildlife, adventure and myth. 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 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.

300 years ago, hundreds of Highlanders lived in townships, up and down the glen. Get a flavour for Clan MacDonald’s way of life in our new reconstruction of a turf and creel house. This unique showcase of traditional building crafts can be admired, along with a breathtaking mountain backdrop, just outside our visitor centre.

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Visitor centre and turf house
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At all Trust places, admission is free for members.

Join from £4.65 / month


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School visits

We welcome school visits at Glencoe.

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Accreditations and awards

  • 4 Star Visitor Attraction
  • Green Tourism Gold