Cared for by the National Trust for Scotland. No description can recreate the impact of seeing Glencoe for the first time. It has long been one of Scotland’s most famous places, known equally for its rare beauty and sorrowful past. Discover its remarkable history, landscape and wildlife, as well as the backdrops for films including 'Braveheart', 'Rob Roy' and 'Skyfall'.
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Transformed in 2019, our eco-friendly visitor centre, nestled in a woodland glade, is an essential starting point for your adventures in Glencoe. Get a taste of the stories that make the glen so special and discover more about walks, weather, wildlife to spot and things to do on your visit.
New features include a powerful short film – The Glen Revealed – which takes you on a journey through millions of years, narrated by Game of Thrones actor, Rory McCann. Don’t miss the ‘Pioneers of the Peaks’ exhibition, which shines a spotlight on those who climb Glencoe’s mountains.
Take in the panoramic views and refuel in our Highland Coo Café, or be tempted by exclusive Glencoe gifts in our fabulous new shop.
Glencoe is a place of history, wildlife, adventure and myths. The mountains were formed through violent volcanic eruptions, and then sculpted by massive glaciers. Fingal, the legendary Celtic hero, is said to have made his home among these towering mountains, while his poet son, Ossian, found inspiration in the landscape.
On 13 February 1692, 38 men, women and children of the MacDonald clan were murdered by a regiment of soldiers (acting on behalf of the government) whom they had welcomed into their homes. The tragedy of the Glencoe Massacre still has the power to evoke powerful emotions.
Glencoe is also the home of Scottish mountaineering, and climbers will find plenty of challenges in the crests and ridges of Aonach Eagach, the Three Sisters or any of the eight Munros on the estate. There are also good hillwalking routes and easier rambles, such as the walk to Signal Rock.