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 died in the 1692 massacre.

Massacre of Glencoe Monument, on the outskirts of the village

Beinn Lora, Benderloch

the gate to Beinn Lora, with view south down the Firth of LornThe hill Beinn Lora is located in Benderloch and can be accessed from a small car park there. A very pleasant but steep walk takes you up to a viewpoint, with stunning views out across the peninsular and across to Morvern and Mull. By returning to the forestry track and heading east you can then continue on through a gate and on to the hill itself. The summit is at 308m and is marked with a trig point.

There is more information on the Forestry and Land Scotland website: https://forestryandland.gov.scot/visit/beinn-lora and on Walk Highlands: https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/argyll/beinn-lora.shtml

The tracks on Beinn Lora are great for biking and you can access them from Benderloch, or Barcaldine, or from Rhugarbh between the two on the A828. OS maps are the best source of information about this, or have a look on Trailforks: https://www.trailforks.com/region/benderloch-41227/

Beinn Mheadhonach

If you walk straight out the back of the cottage, and zig zag your way up the hill behind it take you up Beinn Phlacaig, and from there you can cross to Beinn Mheadhonach, a Graham at 715 metres high. It gives great views back down on to Loch Etive and across the surrounding area. I walked this on a rather wet day, but the views were stunning. I was delighted to bump into a couple of ptarmigan, which I wasn’t expecting, and also found a couple of deer antlers to add to my motley collection. You can drop down further up the loch nearer to Cadderlie, and walk back down the track to the cottage.

These timelapses were from the summit looking north up Loch Etive.