Glencoe National Nature Reserve
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Glencoe National Nature Reserve

Dramatic mountains, rare beauty and haunting history in the heart of the Highlands
Glencoe, the mountains and main road winding through the glen.

About this place

  • Don’t miss our refreshed 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 PotterOutlaw King, The 39 StepsBraveheart, 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 famous places in Scotland, known equally for its awe-inspiring views and sorrowful past. 

Glencoe 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.

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Today’s Opening Hours

Visitor Centre
09.00–18.00
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Entry prices

Car park
£4.00
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At all Trust places, admission is free for members.

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Accreditations and awards

  • 4 Star Visitor Attraction
  • Green Tourism Gold
Event

Land Rover Safari (3 Hour Tour)

Tuesday 21 May 2019 – Tuesday 29 October 2019

Every Tuesday from April to October, take a drive on the wild side with a 3 hour ranger-led Land Rover tour through the stunning scenery of Glencoe and Glen Etive.

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