Glencoe

Whether you are a hill walker, James Bond fan, or a history buff, Glencoe has something for everyone.

Although may of the hills here might seem intimidating to some, there are some low level walks that give you a real flavour of the glen. The most well known of these is the Lost Valley, where the MacDonalds allegedly kept the cattle that they had rustled from neighbouring clans. Its quite a rugged walk, but takes you up into dramatic scenery. More information is available here: https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/fortwilliam/lostvalley.shtml 

The Lost Valley

 

The National Trust for Scotland centre is well worth a visit as you will learn more about the history of the glen, as well as the wildlife. Just on the edge of the village is the memorial monument to the highlanders that dies in the 1692 massacre.

Sandy beaches

The two most accessible sandy beaches locally are Ganavan, near Oban, and Tralee (Ardmucknish Bay) in Benderloch.

Ganavan –  If you drive into Oban, and go north along the esplanade as far as you can, you will be on the road to Ganavan, which takes you past Dunollie Castle. There is a large carpark at the end of the road and toilets, making it a good choice with young kids. On the way to it you will also pass Wee Ganavan where you can park at the side of the road. From Ganavan you can also walk along the coast to the north, or explore up the cycle track towards Dunbeg. The cycle path is the venue for the weekly ParkRun on a Saturday morning.

Both beaches are popular with swimmers, and are good launch sites for kayaks, kite surfers etc. Ganavan can be a little exposed in some winds so check the forecast if you’re paddling / foiling etc.

Tralee Bay – This large sand and gravel beach is popular with locals and visitors, but has more limited parking. The best place is a small car park in the trees, half way down the straight road that turns off by the school in the village. You can also park in the village and follow the signs, but this takes you to the less sandy end of the beach.

Tralee beach from Beinn Lora

 

A much quieter spot, is the beach up at Dail which is three miles further up the track from Craig. It’s a great spot for a swim or just an explore.