|Glencoe in the Scottish Highlands|
History and wild beauty of Glencoe
Distance: 99.03 miles, about 2 hours 37 minutes from Parkley Farm Holiday Cottages, Linlithgow.
lencoe (Gleann Comhann in Gaelic) is a glen in the Highlands of Scotland. It is often considered one of the most spectacular and beautiful places in Scotland, and is a part of the designated National Scenic Area of Ben Nevis and Glencoe.
The name Glencoe is often said to mean Glen of Weeping, perhaps with some reference to the infamous Massacre of Glencoe which took place there in 1692. However, Gleann Comhann does not translate as Glen of Weeping.
It is more likely named after the River Coe which runs through it and referred to long before the massacre took place.
"The Beuckle" - the great herdsman of Etive
The entrance to the glen is from Rannoch Moor on the east, below the mountain of Meall a' Bhuiridh; Glen Etive runs to the south from nearby with the entrance to Glencoe marked by Buachaille Etive Mor, "the great herdsman of Etive" where it meets Glen Etive.
Glencoe then runs in a westerly direction for about 12 km (7.5 miles) before turning north-west towards Loch Leven.
Most of the Glen is now owned by the National Trust for Scotland whose visitor centre has displays about both the natural and historical significance of the glen.
Popular with hillwalkers and climbers
Glencoe is a popular tourist attraction, partly because of its scenic qualities and historical associations, and partly because it is on the main road north (A82) but also because of its attraction for hillwalkers and climbers.
It is famous for the quality, and variety of its winter climbing with most of its routes having relatively easy access from the main road running through the glen.
For hillwalkers there are several good routes on the Bidean nam Bian (1150 m) massif which forms a complex Y-shaped hill with several lesser tops, including Stob Coire Sgreamhach (1072 m) which also has Munro status.
Rock climbers, however, concentrate on the Buachaille Etive Mor (1018 m), often called simply The Beuckle, and on the various routes on the Three Sisters (shoulders of Bidean nam Bian).