I have mentioned several times in these posts that this was a family trip. Part of this was a visit to places about the MacDonalds, since that is our history. So I guess I should be excused for thinking that we were going to visit Glencoe for the history, to go and visit the site of the infamous Massacre of Glencoe. I assumed that was what the visitor center was all about.
Imagine my surprise when on our first travel day, after driving through some of the most beautiful mountains I have seen in my life, and I have seen many, that this was Glencoe.
We drove through Glencoe a total of three times. We didn’t get a chance to stop until the last time through. We spent some time, a little over an hour, at the visitor center and another 45 minutes or so at a scenic pull off that was crowded with people looking at the mountains.
The only “hike” I got was at the visitor center. My so called hike was only about 30 or 40 minutes, but it was a great taste. And then I was surprised that the visitor center was all about hiking and mountain climbing. I think there was a section on history, but I missed it. Behind the visitor center there was a house similar to the ones we saw at the Highland Folk Museum, that I really liked. I also loved the picture I took with my sister and nephew (unaware I had walked up behind them), which I labeled, “It may be small, but location, location, location.”
The time at the pull off was great – finally able to see the mountains through the air and not through glass! For the last 10 minutes or so that we were at the pull off we could see a helicopter flying around the mountains. Near the end it flew into a valley. Here is the valley.
And here is the helicopter in that same photo. If you missed it on the first look, go back and see if you can spot it.
We left right after this, and a few minutes later we saw the helicopter flying by, I think on its way to Fort William with a patient, or perhaps, looking at its direction of flight, all of the way to Inverness.
Anyway, not much to say about Glencoe except that it is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. Some day I will return and hike in those mountains.
Below are some photos of Glencoe, including the ones from above. You can click on a photo to get a larger view and then scroll through them like a slideshow.
I hope you enjoyed this little gorgeous corner of Scotland. If you haven’t already, you can start the journey with my first post which includes links to all of the other posts in the series.