Glencoe: Planning Your Trip (2022)

In Scots Gaelic mythology, it's the legendary home of Celtic hero Fingal and his son Ossian, remembered in Ossian's Cave, a large and dramatic feature on Aonach Dubh (The Black Ridge), part of a Glencoe massif also known as the Three Sisters. While you may recognize the beautiful scenery as the backdrop in popular films like "Skyfall," and the "Harry Potter" series, the area’s most notorious claim to fame is as the site of the Glencoe Massacre, which happened here on February 13, 1692. It’s a complicated tale of clan politics and betrayal, but we’ll do our best to tell it here—and offer tips for visiting this romantic part of the Scottish Highlands.

A Bit of History: The Glencoe Massacre

For hundreds of years, the MacIains of clan MacDonald had lived in Glencoe, becoming one of the most powerful clans in the Highlands. Their traditional rivals were clan Campbell, with whom they’d engaged in generations of low-key feuding over cattle raids and poaching in each other's territories. In 1493, the Campbells helped James IV, Stewart King of Scotland, abolish the MacDonalds' Lordship; Glencoe and the rest of their lands were confiscated by the Crown, while political hostility soon grew over the Campbells’ influence at court. In the 17th century, the MacDonalds chose the losing (Jacobite) side against the Protestant King, William of Orange.

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In 1691, tired of all the continual raiding and warfare in Scotland, King William offered a pardon to the Highland clans who had rebelled against the Crown, provided they stopped raiding their neighbors and agreed to swear an oath of allegiance before a magistrate by January 1, 1692. The alternative, the King promised, would be death.

The head of the MacDonald clan held out as long as possible but eventually agreed. Unfortunately for his clan, he went to the wrong castle to swear the oath: Inverlochy near Fort William instead of Inveraray near Oban. By the time he reached Inveraray, the deadline had passed by five days. Having taken the oath, MacDonald assumed his clan was safe, however, the order to exterminate them had already been given and a force of 130 soldiers had been sent to Glencoe.

What makes the Glencoe massacre so horrific is that the MacDonald families had, like their leader, assumed they were safe, welcoming the soldiers into their homes and entertaining them for 10 days. On the night of February 12, on secret orders (some say from their Campbell captain, others say from the King himself) the soldiers rose up and murdered between 38 and 40 MacDonalds—men, women, children, and the elderly—as they slept in their beds. The rest fled into the mountains, where they either died or dispersed into the caves they knew well (after generations as outlaws and cattle rustlers) and survived.

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Planning Your Trip

  • Best Time to Visit:April to September are the most pleasant times to visit Glencoe, as the sun will be up longer in summer months. July and August can be crowded and prices higher due to summer holidays, so sticking to shoulder seasons like spring and fall can help you save. It’s cold, dark, and snowy in winter, making hiking and driving conditions difficult.
  • Language: English is spoken throughout the Scottish Highlands, though you may also hear Scots (a Germanic language dating back to Old English) and Scottish Gaelic (a Celtic variation with ties to Ireland), also recognized as official languages.
  • Currency: The pound sterling, known colloquially as “the pound” (GBP) is the official currency of the United Kingdom. Credit cards such as Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are widely accepted, though occasionally old-fashioned pubs, cafes, or restaurants may only accept cash, so be prepared just in case.
  • Getting Around: From Fort William, the Glencoe National Nature Reserve Visitor Centre is 20 miles south along the A82. Buses between Fort William and Glasgow also stop in Glencoe village, and from there, it’s a 1.5-mile walk or bike ride.
  • Travel Tip: If you’re not planning on renting a car (or don’t want to try driving on the left side of the road) it may be easier to book a guided day trip or multi-day tour of the Scottish Highlands from Edinburgh or Glasgow instead.

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Things To Do

You may recognize the rolling green hills of Glencoe National Nature Reserve from the movies, as it’s been featured in several “Harry Potter” films, “Highlander,” “Braveheart,” and the popular James Bond flick “Skyfall,” among others. Located about a 2.5-hour drive from Edinburgh or a two-hour drive from Glasgow or Inverness, it’s a popular choice for day trippers to the Scottish Highlands given its opportunities for hiking, mountaineering, hill trekking, biking, kayaking, wildlife viewing, scenic drives, and wintertime activities like skiing and sledding.

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Start by learning more about the area with a trip to the National Trust for Scotland Visitor Centre, which has several interactive displays about the development of the landscape, local flora and fauna, and the history of complicated developments that led to the Glencoe massacre. Several easy circular walks start here; there’s also a gift shop, cafe, a ranger station, and a viewing platform with a telescope to spot buzzards, golden eagles, and pine martens. Then, visit the Glencoe and North Lorn Folk Museum, open from April to October and housed in a terrace of traditional 18th century thatched cottages near the A82. Collections include Jacobite relics, costumes, as well as toys, domestic utensils, and weapons found in the thatched roofs of local houses, concealed after the Glencoe massacre for more than 200 years.

  • Fans of the “Harry Potter” films can catch a glimpse of the “Hogwarts Express” traveling across the iconic Glenfinnan Viaduct (it’s actually the Jacobite Steam Train making its way from Fort William to Mallaig, but a little imagination never hurt anyone). The catch is it only runs from late-April to early October. Check the schedule and plan to be by the Viaduct roughly 45 minutes before or after the train enters or leaves Fort William, bearing in mind you’ll need time to park and walk a bit to find a good viewing spot (and chances are you won’t be the only ones there).
  • Have a family day out at Glencoe Activities in Ballachulish, which offers cycling, climbing, white water rafting, river “bugging,” canyoning, bridge swinging, and a range of other high-adrenaline activities. For less adventurous types, forest walks, mountain biking, and gorge walking, archery, laser clay shooting, nature trails, electric bikes, and golf opportunities abound.
  • Glencoe Mountain Ski Resort is situated in one of Scotland's best remote ski areas, with lifts and runs in dramatic Rannoch Moor, located near the head of the glen. Visit in the winter to enjoy skiing, snowboarding, hill walking, and sledding, or in warmer months for mountain biking, tubing, and scenic rides on the chairlift.

What to Eat and Drink

Whether you’re in the mood for locally caught seafood (think dishes involving oysters, crab, lobster, clams, scallops, and mussels) or prefer to warm up with a hot coffee and a fresh scone, there’s something for everyone in Glencoe. Pub fare prevails in these parts, with no shortage of fish ‘n’ chips, burgers, hearty soups, or sandwiches. Head to the historic Clachaig Inn to try uniquely Scottish bites like game pie, venison pastrami, Stornoway style black pudding, and haggis (there’s a veggie version available, too).

Whiskey and gin are the name of the game in these parts, so much so that the Scotland tourism board has created a map of distilleries to visit in the area. Nearest to Glencoe are Pixel Spirits in North Ballachulish and Ben Nevis Distillery in Fort William, though many others can be found throughout the Scottish Highlands.

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Where to Stay

You’ll find your fair share of inns, bed and breakfasts, lodges, and Airbnb vacation rentals, especially in and around Glencoe village, close to the Visitor Centre inside Glencoe National Nature Reserve, and in nearby Fort William. For those traveling on a budget, hostels are available, as are a number of boutique hotels. For a memorable stay during your trip, consider spending a few nights in one of the area’s manor hotels or cottages, typically found in the countryside outside the larger towns.

Getting There

Traveling to Glencoe is easiest by car, especially if you wish to explore the rest of the area. One of the best road trips in Scotland, it’s a famously scenic two-hour drive from Inverness, a great day trip from Glasgow (also a two-hour drive away), or about a three-hour drive from Edinburgh. Another option is to fly into one of the airports in Inverness, Glasgow, or Edinburgh, catch a train or bus to Fort William or Bridge of Orchy, and take a 30-minute bus ride the rest of the way to Glencoe village. From there, the Glencoe Visitor Centre in the Glencoe National Nature Reserve is only a five-minute drive along the A82, so you could take a taxi from town if you’re not driving.

Money Saving Tips

  • Take on the tallest mountain in Scotland and the entire U.K. with a hike to the summit of Ben Nevis, an extinct volcano located just outside Fort William, about 30-minutes from Glencoe village. Get acquainted with the trails at the Ben Nevis Visitors Centre—the Mountain Track is popular among visitors while the Càrn Mòr Dearg Arête path is geared toward more experienced climbers. Either way, you’ll need five to seven hours to make the journey.
  • Stop by the West Highland Museum next door in Fort William to learn more about the history of the Jacobites and all things Bonnie Prince Charlie, and explore other parts of Scottish Highland heritage. Located in Cameron Square, it’s free to enter.
  • Whisky enthusiasts can save a bit of money by taking a tasting tour at a distillery, which includes samples and a commemorative glass depending on where you go. Ben Nevis Distillery in Fort William is a popular option near Old Inverlochy Castle, which is free to enter and also worth a look if time allows.


Is Glencoe worth visiting? ›

If you're visiting outside the ski season, then Glencoe Mountain is still well worth visiting. Usually the chair lift runs in the summer, and there's a range of mountain biking, hiking and other outdoor activities available as well.

Is 7 days enough in Scotland? ›

One week in Scotland gives you enough time to see the famous places without feeling too rushed. An itinerary for 7 days in Scotland could comfortably include visits to Edinburgh, Culloden, Loch Ness, Skye, Glencoe, and Loch Lomond. You might even fit in a day trip to Iona or a ride on the Jacobite Steam train.

How many days in Scotland is enough? ›

We recommend you allow 9 - 10 days in Scotland for a satisfying tour of the country's diverse scenery and history. A 10 day itinerary, such as the Best of Scotland tour plan, would let you spend: 2 days in Edinburgh walking the historical streets and enjoying the cosmopolitan buzz.

How do I prepare for a trip to Scotland? ›

Tips for Planning a Trip to Scotland
  1. Start Planning Early. ...
  2. When to go. ...
  3. Less is more: Reduce your mileage and explore more in-depth. ...
  4. Book accommodation in advance. ...
  5. Book ferry crossings in advance. ...
  6. Allow time for outdoor activities. ...
  7. Consider hiring an expert – me!
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How many days do you need in Glencoe? ›

A day and a half is a good amount of time to spend in Glencoe if you would like to see the main highlights and leave half a day to do some walking. Many visitors travel to the area to climb to the top of one of Glencoe's rugged mountains.

Is it better to stay in Fort William or Glencoe? ›

I personally quite prefer Glencoe because of it's scenic beauty and very small towns do not bother me, especially if it is only for a night or two. You could look at some menus online if it helps. But if you want loads of amenities, Fort William is definitely the way to go.

How much should I budget for a week in Scotland? ›

The average price of a 7-day trip to Scotland is $1,429 for a solo traveler, $2,566 for a couple, and $4,811 for a family of 4. Scotland hotels range from $65 to $295 per night with an average of $114, while most vacation rentals will cost $220 to $440 per night for the entire home.

Is 5 days in Scotland enough? ›

From touring ancient castles to sampling local whisky to walking along serene beaches, there's plenty to do on a five-day trip to Scotland. You can keep things basic with a three-stop tour that takes you from the beautiful city of Edinburgh to the mountainous region of Glencoe.

How can I spend 5 days in Scotland? ›

  1. Scotland Itinerary Day 1: Edinburgh. Morning: Arthur's Seat. ...
  2. Scotland Itinerary Day 2: Cairngorms National Park. Morning: Dundee. ...
  3. Scotland Itinerary Day 3: Inverness & Loch Ness. Morning: Inverness Castle. ...
  4. Scotland Itinerary Day 4: Fort William. ...
  5. Scotland Itinerary Day 5: Loch Lomond & Glasgow.
Oct 29, 2021

What is the most beautiful part of Scotland? ›

20 Most Beautiful Places In Scotland
  1. 01 Dunnottar Castle, Aberdeenshire. ...
  2. 02 Bow Fiddle Rock, Moray. ...
  3. 03 Isle of Iona. ...
  4. 04 Traigh Hornais Clachan Sands, North Uist. ...
  5. 05 Bealach Na Ba, Wester Ross. ...
  6. 06 Loch Ken, Galloway Forest Park. ...
  7. 07 Glenfinnan, Fort William. ...
  8. 08 Eoligarry Beach, Isle of Barra.

What is the best month to go to Scotland? ›

The best time to visit Scotland is during spring (late March to May) and fall (September to November). Temperatures are warmer by spring, with averages of 43°F to 59°F, although there will still be snow in the mountains of the Highlands and the Cairngorms.

What is the best way to explore Scotland? ›

The best way to travel around Scotland is by car, whether on an independent road trip or as part of a guided tour.

Where should I stay in Scotland for the first time? ›

Inverness – Best Place to Stay in Scotland for Families

This small city has a warm and welcoming atmosphere, making it the perfect destination for families. Getting around the main attractions can easily be done on foot – and most of the Highlands are only a short car journey away.

What should I pack for Scotland? ›

The Basic Scotland Packing List
  • Water-Resistant Backpack. First off, you will want to be as comfortable as possible. ...
  • Shirts (2-3) ...
  • Sweaters or Sweatshirts (1-2) ...
  • Wool Socks (4 Pairs) ...
  • Bottoms (2 Pairs) ...
  • Sweatpants or Long Underwear. ...
  • Waterproof Windbreaker. ...
  • Dressier Outfit.

Where in Glencoe was Harry Potter filmed? ›

Majestic Glencoe was used for various outdoor scenes in The Goblet of Fire, The Order of the Phoenix and The Half-Blood Prince. The Clachaig Gully, just above the Clachaig Inn, became the location for Hagrid's Hut in The Prisoner of Azkaban. The hut was removed after filming, but the astonishing scenery remains.

What is Glencoe Scotland famous for? ›

Glencoe is the site of an infamous massacre in 1692, still remembered for the treachery with which the soldiers of the Campbell clan, acting as government militia, treated their hosts, the MacDonalds. According to Highland code, a clansman should give shelter to anyone, even to his sworn enemy.

How do you get to Glencoe without a car? ›

For an easy day trip to Glencoe by bus, you have two options: CityLink buses or the local Shiel Buses. Both of these companies' buses leave from Fort William's bus station at the side of Morrison's supermarket. The journey time from Fort William to Glencoe by bus is around 30 minutes.

Where can I sleep near Glencoe? ›

  • Strath Lodge Glencoe. Show prices. Enter dates to see prices. ...
  • Clachaig Inn. Show prices. Enter dates to see prices. ...
  • Strathassynt Guest House. Show prices. ...
  • Ardno House. Show prices. ...
  • Callart View Bed & Breakfast. Show prices. ...
  • The Glencoe Inn. Show prices. ...
  • Beechwood Cottage B&B. Show prices. ...
  • Craiglinnhe House. Show prices.

How do I spend a day in Fort William? ›

One Day in Fort William & Glencoe Itinerary
  1. Start your day with a breath-taking view.
  2. Make your way back to visit Glencoe visitor centre.
  3. Explore the village of Glencoe.
  4. End your day by visiting one of Fort William's many bars.
  5. Explore the town of Fort William and learn about Highland heritage.
Mar 24, 2022

What is the cheapest time to go to Scotland? ›

The cheapest time to visit Scotland is between November and December and again from late December through mid-March. Considered the area's low season, the temperatures drop, along with the number of visitors.

Do you tip in Scotland? ›

Tipping in Scotland is not a requirement or expected, but just a nice thing to do if you receive good service. Scots are generally a kind, helpful bunch, so you may even find that your tip may not be accepted on some occasions!

Is food expensive in Scotland? ›

Average Daily Costs

While meal prices in Scotland can vary, the average cost of food in Scotland is £31 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Scotland should cost around £12 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner.

How do people spend 4 days in Scotland? ›

How to see Scotland in 4 days.
  1. Day 1: Edinburgh – City centre, the Royal Mile & Edinburgh Castle.
  2. Day 2: The west highland way – Loch Lomond, Glencoe Valley & Fort William.
  3. Day 3: Glenfinnan, Loch Ness, Urquhart Castle & Inverness.
  4. Day 4: Pitlochry, Stirling & Glasgow.
Feb 8, 2019

How long do you need to drive around Scotland? ›

You should allow a minimum of five to seven days to explore the NC500 route, although there are plenty of potential stopping points, depending on your interests. During peak season, some parts of the route can take more time to complete.

What is the best time of year to visit the Scottish Highlands? ›

The best time to visit the Scottish Highlands is from June to August. Summer temperatures are best for exploring the Highlands, however, with Scotland's location so far up north on the globe, don't expect a traditionally hot summer. During the country's warmest month (August), highs rarely surpass the 70-degree mark.

Is it easy to drive in Scotland? ›

Driving in Scotland can be intimidating, especially if you are not used to driving on the left. But don't let that stand in the way of an epic and flexible road trip around Scotland. From knowing all the traffic rules to adjusting your behaviour and using the right tools.

Where can I base myself in Scottish Highlands? ›

11 Best Places to Stay in the Highlands – the perfect base for your Scottish Holiday
  • Nairn, Scotland's Highland Playground. ...
  • Kingussie, the traditional capital of Badenoch. ...
  • Dornoch, the Royal Burgh. ...
  • Wick, the Viking settlement of the North. ...
  • Elgin, the capital of Moray Speyside.
Jul 20, 2022

How do you spend 3 days in the Scottish Highlands? ›

Three days in the Scottish Highlands
  1. Route. Northern Cairngorms National Park, around Aviemore.
  2. Highlights. Alvie Estate Speyside Wildlife Abernethy Forest Loch Garten Osprey Centre Ruthven Barracks Caorunn Gin Distillery.
  3. Areas Covered. Highlands.

What is the number one attraction in Scotland? ›

1. Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Mile. The stone towers and walls of Edinburgh Castle have dominated the Edinburgh skyline since the 13th century. Perched atop black basalt rock, it offers magnificent views of the city and a trip through Scotland's tumultuous history.

Where is the most magical place in Scotland? ›

10 magical places
  1. Glencoe National Nature Reserve. Featured Place: Glencoe National Nature Reserve. ...
  2. Culzean Castle & Country Park. Featured Place: Culzean Castle. ...
  3. Mingulay, Berneray & Pabbay. ...
  4. The Hermitage. ...
  5. Craigievar Castle. ...
  6. St Abb's Head National Nature Reserve. ...
  7. Culloden. ...
  8. Glenfinnan Monument.

What is the rainiest month in Scotland? ›

Whilst it rains all year round in Scotland, the wettest periods are autumn and winter. In 2014, 2015 and 2016 winter was by far the wettest season, with volumes reaching 739 millimeters in the latter.
Monthly amount of rainfall in Scotland from 2015 to 2022 (in millimeters)
CharacteristicRainfall in millimeters
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Jun 20, 2022

What is the coldest month in Scotland? ›

December, January and February are generally the coldest months in Scotland, with the average maximum temperature usually around 5°C (41°F). The average number of days with snow falling in Scotland ranges from 15 to 20 days.

What is the best time to avoid the midges in Scotland? ›

Come between late September and late May. In the Highlands of Scotland, particularly in the Cairngorms, we can have an early frost in September or a late frost in May. Midges can't survive a frost. If you arrive in Scotland, before the weather has warmed up too much you are unlikely to see many midges.

How do I plan a 10 day trip to Scotland? ›

So, how to spend 10 days in Scotland?
  1. 1) Edinburgh (2 days) ...
  2. 2) Scone Palace and going to the Highlands (1 day) ...
  3. 3) Glenfinnan and Fort William (1 day)
  4. 4) Glencoe Valley (1 day)
  5. 5) Loch Ness (1 day)
  6. 6) the Isle of Skye (2 days) ...
  7. 7) Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park (1 day)
  8. 8) Glasgow (1 day)
Oct 29, 2021

How can I spend 2 days in Scotland? ›

2 Days In Edinburgh – The Perfect Itinerary
  • Edinburgh Castle. Our first stop has to be Edinburgh Castle since it is the highlight of this Scottish capital city. ...
  • Royal Mile. ...
  • St. ...
  • Greyfriars Kirkyard. ...
  • The Scotch Whisky Experience. ...
  • Calton Hill.

What are 5 interesting facts about Scotland? ›

5 Fun facts about Scotland
  • It's home to one of Europe's oldest trees. ...
  • Golf was invented here. ...
  • The national animal of Scotland is a unicorn. ...
  • Over 90% of Scottish residents live in less than 5% of the country's area. ...
  • There are over 900 islands in Scotland, according to the Scottish government.
Sep 29, 2022

What is Scotland famous for? ›

What Is Scotland Famous For? Scotland is famous for its whisky distilleries, bagpipes, lively music culture, and beautiful lochs across the country. From its stunning landscape and architecture to its hearty food and legendary golf courses, Scotland is a popular destination for travelers from all over the world.

Is Scotland safe for English? ›

OVERALL RISK : LOW. Scotland is very safe to travel to. You should remain vigilant for any suspicious activities since Scotland is a part of the country that has been targeted by terrorists many times. However, if you apply basic precaution rules, that should minimize the risk of something going wrong.

What is better Edinburgh or Glasgow? ›

Despite being the smaller city, Edinburgh attracts three times more visitors each year than its old rival and blows Glasgow out the water when it comes to places to stay. To cope with this massive demand, brands from across the world have flocked to the Scottish capital, joining an array of domestic options.

Is it better to stay in Old Town or New Town Edinburgh? ›

Old Town and the Royal Mile is the best area to stay in Edinburgh for sightseeing (especially for first-timers). While the New Town with its numerous restaurants is an excellent location for shopping and dining out.

How do you navigate in Scotland? ›

Keep the centerline on your right. If you're driving on the left, the centerline will be to the right of the driver's side of the road. Of course, many roads in Scotland are single track and don't have centerlines, in which case you'll find pullouts you can use to allow an oncoming car to pass.

Can I wear jeans in Scotland? ›

Hiking/rain pants – Again, jeans are usually fine for everyday wear, unless you're doing some hiking. If you're planning on hiking, bring a pair of specialized pants: Men / Women.

What is a Scottish breakfast? ›

What's in a Scottish Breakfast? Ingredients vary from place to place, but the basic ingredients to a traditional breakfast include square lorne sausage, link sausages, fried egg, streaky bacon, baked beans, black pudding and/or haggis, tattie scones, fried tomatoes and mushrooms, and toast.

What is Scotland famous for food? ›

Scotland's national dish is haggis, a savoury meat pudding, and it's traditionally accompanied by mashed potatoes, turnips (known as 'neeps') and a whisky sauce. Which brings us to the national drink – whisky. Over 100 distilleries in Scotland produce this amber-hued liquid, many of which can be explored on a tour.

What is Glencoe Scotland famous for? ›

Glencoe is the site of an infamous massacre in 1692, still remembered for the treachery with which the soldiers of the Campbell clan, acting as government militia, treated their hosts, the MacDonalds. According to Highland code, a clansman should give shelter to anyone, even to his sworn enemy.

Where was Skyfall filmed in Glencoe? ›

Skyfall: filmed on the Dalness Estate in Glen Etive, the road where Bond tells M that this is where he comes from, is single track with passing places and not suitable for large vehicles.

Where in Glencoe was Harry Potter filmed? ›

Majestic Glencoe was used for various outdoor scenes in The Goblet of Fire, The Order of the Phoenix and The Half-Blood Prince. The Clachaig Gully, just above the Clachaig Inn, became the location for Hagrid's Hut in The Prisoner of Azkaban. The hut was removed after filming, but the astonishing scenery remains.

What does glen mean in Scottish? ›

A glen is a valley, typically one that is long and bounded by gently sloped concave sides, unlike a ravine, which is deep and bounded by steep slopes. Whittow defines it as a "Scottish term for a deep valley in the Highlands" that is "narrower than a strath".

What to do in Glencoe when it's raining? ›

There's quite a few things to choose from besides the usual coffee in Nevisport.
  • Bowling & Going Wild at the Nevis Centre.
  • Ben Nevis Distillery Visitor Centre.
  • Treasures of the Earth, Corpach.
  • Swimming pool, gym etc at Lochaber Leisure Centre.
  • West Highland Museum.

What happened at Glencoe? ›

Massacre of Glencoe, (February 13, 1692), in Scottish history, the treacherous slaughter of members of the MacDonald clan of Glencoe by soldiers under Archibald Campbell, 10th earl of Argyll.

Why is Fort William famous? ›

It is a centre for hillwalking and climbing due to its proximity to Ben Nevis and many other Munro mountains. It is also known for its nearby downhill mountain bike track. It is the start/end of both the West Highland Way (Milngavie – Fort William) and the Great Glen Way (a walk/cycle way Fort William–Inverness).

What is Glencoe Visitor Centre? ›

Nestling into the landscape at the foot of the glen is the award-winning eco-friendly Visitor Centre. Including exhibition, viewing platform, cafe, shop and ranger information point. The Ranger service has a varied events programme with Land Rover safaris (on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays) and children's events.

Where in Scotland was Harry Potter filmed? ›

Loch Arkaig, Clachaig Gully, and Glencoe all served as filming locations for the Harry Potter movies.

Where is James Bond filmed in Scotland? ›

Loch Laggan

A final stunning Scottish backdrop used for the No Time to Die car chase is Loch Laggan. The freshwater loch, near Dalwhinnie in the Highlands, was also featured in Monarch of the Glen and the popular Temeraire series of fantasy novels.

What Loch is in Harry Potter? ›

Loch Morar was one of the many lochs used for shots of Hogwarts Lake. Loch Morar was used primarily for close up scenes throughout the movies.

Is Hagrid's hut still in Glencoe? ›

1. Torren Lochan - Glencoe. The third film in the series, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, was partly filmed in Glencoe, with Torren Lochan used as the setting for Hagrid's Hut, with a replica hut built beside it. While the hut is now gone, the scenery is still able to be enjoyed.

Where in Scotland is Hogwarts Castle? ›

Alnwick Castle starred as the magical Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry during the 2001 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone and the 2002 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone filmed on location at Alnwick Castle in autumn 2000.

Where is the real Hagrid's hut? ›

So, how can you visit the Harry Potter Hagrid's Hut location? Well, it's located in a place called Clachaig Gully in Glencoe that is in the Highlands of Scotland.


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