Located within Lochaber Geopark in the Highlands, the deep valley and towering mountains of Glen Coe were formed over millenniums of shifting glaciers and volcanic eruptions. Glencoe village is located between the banks of Loch Leven and the mouth of the famous glen. It’s the perfect base for exploring the Lochaber area, known as the Outdoor Capital of the UK.
Map of Glencoe
Travel to Glencoe
Bus and coach
Catch the CityLink bus from various points in Glasgow and in a little over two hours you will enter the Pass of Glencoe. There are several stops along the length of the route.
A CityLink service runs from Uig in the north of Skye and travels south to Glasgow, the bus stops at various points along the way. A local bus service runs from Inverness to Fort William. Change buses to reach the Glencoe area.
Catch the train from Glasgow Queen Street and enjoy the scenic ride up to Fort William. You can disembark at Crianlarich or Bridge of Orchy, both of which are within easy reach of Glencoe by car. From the north, a local train service runs from Mallaig to Fort William or, during the peak season, you can hop aboard The Jacobite steam train.
The route to Glencoe is one of the most spectacular in Scotland. The main road north runs through the famous glen itself. If travelling south through Fort William, the drive will take you past Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the UK.
The drive from Glasgow to Glencoe takes just over two hours while Fort William is only half and hour away.
There are several airports within easy reach of Glencoe including Glasgow Prestwick, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness, and Aberdeen, all of which offer connections to and from Europe and other overseas destinations.
Many visitors arrive in Glencoe while walking the famous long-distance footpath – the West Highland Way, which will take you over Rannoch Moor, and drop you down directly into Kinlochleven then continue into Fort William.
Exploring on two wheels is easy with plenty of on and off-road cycle routes around the area. The landscape offers challenging terrain and cycle paths for every level and type of bike. Various types of bike suitable for exploring the roads or local trails are available for hire from a number of Bike Hire businesses in the area.
Bus and coach
There is a regular bus service (no 44) operated by Shiel Buses which runs between Kinlochleven and Fort William, stopping in Glencoe, Ballachulish and villages and hamlets. The bus also goes to Duror and Kentallen.
West Coast Motors also runs a service which runs between Oban and Fort William and stops at many places around Glencoe.
Parking is widely available throughout the area and there are two filling stations available, one in North Ballachulish and another in Glencoe village. If driving an electric vehicle (EV) you can check out where the nearest charging station is available using the live map facility on chargeplacescotland.org
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