Glencoe and LevenGlencoe
Glencoe is situated on the main A82 road from Stirling and the Trossachs to Fort William and is a famous pass between the mountains. From the top of the pass you look down over Loch Leven, the village of Ballachulish and the Corran ferry beyond. There are excellent outdoor activities to be enjoyed in the area with Skiing at the Glencoe Ski Centre, great walking, some serious rock climbing, mountain biking, fishing, canoeing and sailing. The beauty of the area is breathtaking. There is also a Glencoe visitor centre for learning more about the history of the area and the famous massacre.
There are a couple of museums in the area that help to provide some information about the rich history of an area that was stategically important as a trading route to the highlands.
The area accessed to the North of the river Coe is one of the most popular hill walking areas of Scotland. Nearly every evening, boot-wearing, hungry and thirsty people congregate in the Clachaig inn to swap stories and dream about a long soak in a bath. It would be wrong to list the best routes as there are so many that the experienced would recommend, but the names that Private House Stays bring forward are: Signal Rock Trail, Lochan Forest Trail and Lairigmor. The West Highland way also goes through Glencoe pass - this is a long-distance path that is to be rated as one of Scotland's real gems whether you are a walking enthusiast or not. There is enough in Glencoe to cater for serious mountaineers, ice-climbing in winter, amateur photographers, naturalists and ornithologists and in the summer months the area can even get so busy that traffic jams happen.
Glencoe is really about its stunning natural beauty but there are other things available for wet weather days. There is the fabulous Loch Leven seafood cafe tucked away on the road from North Ballachulish to Kinlochleven, where you can buy the most fantastic selection of wholesale seafood for picnics and self-catering. There is the Highland Mystery World experience (An attempt to jazz up the Glencoe visitor centre as an attraction for those with a short attention span!), there is the Aluminium Story Exhibit in Kinlochleven, the James Stewart Monument and the attractions with links below.