Destination#1 – Glencoe

09 June 2016

Highlands

Welcome to the first of our destination blogs, we’ll be sharing our favourite things to see and do for tours across Scotland and northern England from well-known attractions to a few hidden gems.  First up is Glencoe, known best for its world-famous scenery from mountain ranges to waterfalls and Lochs but an area also steeped with history. So, without further ado…

Glencoe Lochan trails

A tour of Glencoe wouldn’t be complete without seeing the Pap of Glencoe or one of it’s breathtaking lochs. The Glencoe Lochan trails has both with its picturesque wooded shores holding some of the best views of the Pap. Perfect for a peaceful and serene stop off and to soak up some of that world famous scenery.

The facts:

Location: 6 minute drive from The Isles of Glencoe Hotel.

Food: Perfect for a picnics but if you’re looking for a stop near by the Glencoe café is known for its home baking and delicious food.

Attractions nearby: Glencoe Folk Museum

Castle Stalker

You’ll spot Castle Stalker from the road – its tall, dramatic profile rises from a rock in Loch Linnhe, near Appin. Book a tour of the privately-owned castle, or get the best view of it from the Stalker View Café. For the nature enthusiast there’s an excellent wildlife hub next to the café – where they show IMAX films of owls and eagles, so you can get up close to the Loch’s top predators.

The facts:

Location: 25 minutes from the Isles of Glencoe Hotel or Ballachulish Hotel.

Food: The Castle Stalker View cafe is a perfect stop for tours with their delicious homemade cakes and lunch menu packed full of local produce.

Attractions nearby: Highland Titles Nature Reserve

Eilean Munde

A small island off the shores of Loch Leven, Eilean Munde represents a huge chapter in the history of Glencoe. The island is the resting place for local clans including the Stewart’s of Ballachulis and the Camerons of Callart but most famously the MacDonalds of Glencoe following the Glencoe massacre of 1692.  The island itself is accessible by boat but the Glencoe visitor centre is worth a visit in conjunction with the islands and learn about the remarkable history of Glencoe.

The facts:

Location: Visable from the Isles of Glencoe.

Food: Crafts & things is a cafe/tearoom that’s very popular with local residents known for its light meals and home baking.

Attractions nearby: Glencoe Visitor Centre

Looking for last minute tour space?

Ask our team what’s available this summer across our range of hotels including the Isles of Glencoe & Ballachulish.