What to do and see in Glencoe Village, United Kingdom (UK): The Best Places and Tips

December 10, 2017 Alice Mieles

Discover the best top things to do in Glencoe Village, United Kingdom (UK) including Glen Etive, Glencoe Lochan, Lost Valley Trail, Glencoe Folk Museum, The Glencoe Massacre Monument, Glencoe Mountain Resort, CrankitupGear, Caledonian Light, The Winter Thistle.
Restaurants in Glencoe Village

1. Glen Etive

Glencoe Village, Scotland
Excellent
86%
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5 based on 315 reviews

Glen Etive

Reviewed By Anuj_Mithani - Mumbai, India

Glen Etive has been used as the backdrop to many movies, among them Braveheart and Skyfall –and its easy to see why. We took the detour off the A82 towards Buachaille Etive Mor and drove all the way down the single track road to the head of Loch Etive. In the first section, the River Etive flows alongside the road follows a cascading course with numerous pools and Waterfalls – we saw a number of canoes out that day. The latter part goes through forest (extensive felling taking place, sadly).
The scenery is rugged, wild and staggering – it’s a pity the road condition isn’t very good (especially beyond Dalness). Because there are (very) few places to pull over and stop, and especially due to the continually changing weather and light conditions, it’s often hard to capture the magic on camera – so just enjoy the experience (very distracting for me as the driver!) as it unravels before you. We also enjoyed our sighting of a red deer on our return via the same route.

2. Glencoe Lochan

Glencoe Village, Scotland
Excellent
76%
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4.5 based on 204 reviews

Glencoe Lochan

Reviewed By csolan - Berlin, Germany

We stayed at the Glencoe House and while there made use of the paths at Glencoe Lochan almost daily. We also had our elopement ceremony on one of the small docks in the lake. It was magical and the perfect setting. The trails are diverse and well maintained and the whole area is very peaceful. Glencoe Lochan will always hold a special place in my heart!

3. Lost Valley Trail

A82, Glencoe Village PH49 4HX, Scotland
Excellent
81%
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5 based on 61 reviews

Lost Valley Trail

Reviewed By NiallInTheHills - Stirling, United Kingdom

Worth a trot up the glen following the trail to the Hidden Valley, where you can enjoy a fairly secluded spot surrounded by the nature of Glencoe. The top end of the valley leads out to the Bealach (mountain pass) at 900m between Bidean nam Bian (1150m) and Stob Coire Sgreamhach (1072m). Both of these hills can be climbed from the bealach, however do be aware that the route (on and off) path is steep and in poor state, there have been some recent accidents here with people sliding on wet grass for some distance.

4. Glencoe Folk Museum

Glencoe Village Main Street, Glencoe Village PH49 4HS, Scotland +44 1855 811664
Excellent
49%
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4.5 based on 75 reviews

Glencoe Folk Museum

Situated in the picturesque village of Glencoe, Glencoe & North Lorn Folk Museum is a must see for history enthusiasts and tourists alike. Housed in an Eighteenth Century thatched cottage, the museum collection includes a vast array of objects including costume and textiles, taxidermy, China and Jacobite memorabilia. The museum allows a unique insight into the rich, local history of Glencoe.

Reviewed By Yrneh1 - Phoenix, Arizona

Just looking at the outside picked my curiosity, but, alas, it was too late in the day to get into the museum. Everything is within walking distance from the Glencoe Inn in the village. Of course the glen is grand and beautiful around this village and Loch Leven is expansive off into the distance.

5. The Glencoe Massacre Monument

8 Upper Carnoch, Glencoe Village PH49 4HU, Scotland
Excellent
35%
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47%
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4 based on 62 reviews

The Glencoe Massacre Monument

Reviewed By Leon H - Southport, NC, United States

Located on a small side street in the town of Glencoe, Scotland, the monument is built to honor the memory of the victims of the massacre of Glencoe. The monument is an obelisk with a plaque dedicated to the MacDonald Clan Chief. The monument does not give reference to members of Clan Henderson slain during the massacre, but the primary target of this fatal event were the Chief of Clan MacDonald and his sons and daughters. Parking is available for a few vehicles.

6. Glencoe Mountain Resort

Kingshouse, Glencoe Village PH49 4HZ, Scotland +44 1855 851226
Excellent
29%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
7%
Terrible
10%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 55 reviews

Glencoe Mountain Resort

Reviewed By Tom_Debz - Romsey, United Kingdom

This is a lovely location and the sites surrounding the area are stunning. It’s a great location to escape to if you are sporty, cycling in the summer skiing in the winter.
I can only speak from our experience but hopefully it will help others as I wish I’d of had such an insight.
It might have been madness on our part but we decided to head up on the 28th December for a week in our caravan (touring caravan). The idea was to spend a week skiing. We always know it would be a long shot due to snow in Scotland so early in the season. However on day one there was enough snow to ski so happy days. Ski hire etc. prices all quite reasonable. Staff in the ski hire store really nice very chatty. I had a ski lesson all really well organised and once again good prices.
The café is really quite nice serves basic food and beer but that’s all you really want. Good size car park. Yes you do need to pay for the showers but they were okay and they do advise this. Water slowly but you are in the Mountains. All very clean and well looked after, lovely and warm.
Now for the words of caution and warning.
If you are going to camp in the winter please think twice. There was no weather warning when we went and believe me I checked. As I have already stated we was in a touring caravan and OMG I actually thought we would lose the caravan or die I’ve never been so scared. We got down from the mountain around 4ish already it was windy, by 6pm it was gusting like you wouldn’t believe over 60mph. We was told it was getting worse over the next three days and to think about getting off the mountain or losing our caravan. That would have been okay but not that easy when towing.
We stuck it out til the next morning me spending the night in the shower block my husband staying with the van. By 9am the next morning it was awful. We took the chance hooked up and went not knowing if one gust would take not only the caravan off the road but us with it.
I am pleased to say we are here to tell the tale and it’s no one’s fault just be aware. Yes we would go back but maybe not camping and defiantly not in the winter months.

7. CrankitupGear

Glencoe Village 20 Lorn Drive, Glencoe Village PH49 4HR, Scotland +44 7746 860023
Excellent
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4.5 based on 9 reviews

CrankitupGear

Bike hire from our base in Glencoe Village. Family friendly bike paths and trails from our door. Ladies and men's bikes, and kids bikes from 6 years and up. A selection of mountain and trail bikes and some hybrid road bikes. Helmets, locks and map guides provided as well as our extensive local knowledge. We give discounts to family groups of 3 or more.

Reviewed By Carroth - Israel

We rented 4 bikes for our family. The couple who run the place are by far the least nice people we met in Scotland. They were impatient, and didn't take any interest in our needs or wishes. We got cheap offroad bikes which were new but very uncomfortable. They didn't spend much time telling us about the local paths and sent us riding next to the road which wasn't very nice. Eventually we found the forrest path right next to Glencoe village and had an enjoyable ride there.

8. Caledonian Light

Glencoe Village FK38NH, Scotland
Excellent
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5 based on 7 reviews

Caledonian Light

Caledonian Light Photo Tours and Workshops Master your camera and photography skills on an all-inclusive photography tour of the Scottish Highlands. Gain an insight to the unique Cultural and Social History events that shaped the lives of the Clans living in this strikingly scenic part of Scotland. All photography tours and workshops conducted on a small group or individual basis. Max Nos. 6

Reviewed By Carolyn G - Melbourne, Australia

It’s not just the sensational scenery – those moody clouds over a primordial landscape, ancient churches, wind-beaten Beaches and Harry Potter’s train (though I’m not supposed to call it that!) – that made this photography trip so memorable. It was also the supportive, practical and informative approach of Gordon and Tommy. They know their locations and they know their craft.
Gordon and Tommy were great company, with plenty of Scottish humour and hospitality, and plenty of practical advice and encouragement, which I certainly needed. They moved easily between the levels in the group – from pretty advanced to pretty basic (me!).
I signed up for the photography course just before a 27-day walking holiday through France. I wanted to learn how to make the most of landscape photography. I certainly learnt that and so much more. For me, the most important part of the Caledonian Light photography course was discovering how to see my surroundings in a different way so that my photos told a story. I learnt to look for the quirky and try to capture the beauty in the smallest detail.
Feel free to critique the photo of the fern I’ve posted but that photo means more than all the other photos I’ve taken because it flicked a switch inside.
Pack for all weathers and expect the worst, but if and when the worst comes you’ll be so engrossed you won’t notice.

9. The Winter Thistle

22A Carnoch | Glencoe, Glencoe Village PH49 4HQ, Scotland +44 7907 324060
Excellent
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5 based on 4 reviews

The Winter Thistle

A small independent gallery containing works by Karen I MacAulay. Owned and operated by Karen, the shop sells original artwork, prints, cards and gifts.

Reviewed By Renee D - Charleston, South Carolina

We followed the chalkboard signs down the short path to The Winter Thistle and were charmed by this unique shop in Glencoe Village. Items range from traditional to modern eclectic. Everything in the shop is handmade. Karen the owner is wonderful. She shared with us...MoreThanks Renee. Was great meeting you all and I'm delighted you came to see me. I hope you come back to Scotland again soon. Very best wishes, Karen.

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