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Glencoe view of mountain and blue sky through trees
The Highlands

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.
  • Uncover a long-lost way of life in our reconstruction of a 300-year-old turf and creel house.
  • 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 Clan MacDonald were murdered by government soldiers whom they had welcomed into their homes. The tragedy of the Glencoe Massacre still has the power to evoke powerful emotions.

The glen was once home to hundreds of Highlanders, and you can get a flavour for how the MacDonalds of Glencoe lived in our reconstruction of a 17th-century turf and creel house. This unique showcase of traditional building crafts can be admired at the mountain viewpoint just outside our visitor centre. Delve deeper into the story on a daily guided tour.

The Trust has cared for Glencoe since 1935. We work to ensure that wildlife can thrive while millions of visitors experience one of Scotland’s most iconic natural landscapes. We maintain over 37 miles of footpaths here and manage the mountain habitats to look after their fragile, precious biodiversity.

Learn more about all things Glencoe and get inspiration for things to do on your visit at our bright and friendly visitor centre, with a giant 3D map of the glen, fascinating films and an interesting exhibition. Every penny you spend in our café and shop funds our conservation activities here.

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Today's Opening Hours

Visitor centre and turf house
visitor centre: 09.30–17.00; turf house: 09.30–16.00
Highland Coo Café
10.00–16.00
Glencoe National Nature Reserve
Daily
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Entry prices

Adult
Free
Family
Free
One adult family
Free
Concession
Free
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Membership

At all Trust places, admission is free for members.

Join from £5.20 / month

Accessibility

Find out more about accessing the visitor centre and the glen itself.

Accessibility guide

Property guidebook

Delve into the story of Glencoe with our property guide. Purchase ahead of your next visit or as a souvenir.

Online shop

School visits

We welcome school visits at Glencoe.

School visits

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Accreditations and awards

  • 3 Star Visitor Attraction award
  • Green Tourism Gold award