Scotland's glens

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Year of Natural Scotland 2013
Year of Natural Scotland 2013

Celebrate Scotland's natural beauty throughout 2013

  • two walkers cross a bridge in Glen Doll at the head of Glen Clova
    Glen Doll at the head of Glen Clova
  • A forest track on a hillside above Loch Lochy, through Glen Mor in the Highlands
    Loch Lochy in Glen Mor, Highlands
  • Looking through trees to Loch Beinn a Mheadhoin, Glen Affric
    Loch Beinn a Mheadhoin, Glen Affric
  • A couple walking on the Old Drovers Road in Glen Coe with the 'Three Sisters' of Glen Coe, Highlands
    The Old Drovers Road and the 'Three Sisters' of Glen Coe, Highlands

Carved by glacial erosion during the last Ice Age and steeped in history, Scotland’s breathtaking and stunning glens are unique and inspiring places which have remained unchanged for thousands of years.

Scotland’s glens are places of great splendour, beauty and tranquillity, where you can spend time enjoying the fresh, clean Scottish air and delighting in the stunning flora and fauna.

No adventure into the Scottish glens would be complete without a visit to the Great Glen, a giant geological fracture which cuts across the Highlands from Inverness, on the Moray Firth to Fort William, at the head of Loch Linnhe. The Great Glen Way is 117 km and is a popular route along an ancient fault line that should take you around four to seven days, passing a series of long, interconnected lochs which nestle in the shadow of Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis, at 4,409 ft (1344 m). 

One of the most dramatic glens in Scotland is the iconic Glencoe. This spectacular mountainous valley is a National Scenic Area and holds a host of environmental designations. It is also steeped in Scottish folklore and world renowned for the quality and variety of its winter climbing.

Glen Affric is a magical place and widely considered to be the most beautiful glen in Scotland thanks to the spectacular lochs, magnificent mountainous scenery and the largest area of ancient Caledonian pine forest in Scotland.

The Angus Glens are made up of five glens which run in the same general direction, giving the impression of the fingers of a hand stretching through the breathtaking countryside of Angus and finishing at the outer edge of the Cairngorms National Park.

The Scottish glens are a beautiful part of Scotland's magical and mysterious landscape, each with a great diversity of wildlife and stunning flora and fauna.

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