Glencoe runs a total distance of approximately 12 miles from Kings House at its eastern end, to the shores of Loch Leven at the west. The length of the glen is littered with imposing mountains rising on each side formed by glacial movement in the Ice Age.
Glencoe was famously described in Black’s Tourist Guide to Scotland of 1889 in the following glowing terms: ‘The cluster of precipitous mountains.....has been aptly called the Alps of Glencoe......a crowd of mountains, heaped in wild confusion.....stamped by sublimity and grandeur’.
Walking Glencoe has become a Mecca for walkers, skiers and mountaineers of all levels. With a choice of 40 Munros within a 15 mile radius, even the most experienced climbers will find something to challenge them. The Aonach Eagach ridge is renowned as one of the most exhilarating scrambles in Scotland; the route is the narrowest ridge climb in mainland Britain and offers fantastic views over the Three Sisters. For the gentle walker there are some excellent low level walks which offer great satisfaction. The views from the walk to the waterfalls at Inchree are spectacular and on a clear day you are able to see down the Firth of Lorne to Lismore and Mull. Alternatively, the walk round the Glencoe Lochans is tranquil and calming and offers a cool haven on hot summer days.
Skiing The Glencoe Ski Centre, the first to operate T-Bar and chair lifts in Britain, has 11 diverse runs ranging from the scenic plateau for beginners to the longest, single descent and the steepest piste run in Scotland for the thrill seekers among us. Alternatively, the Nevis Range at Aonach Mor offers a year round experience, be it downhill mountain biking in the summer or snowboarding in the winter. They have a specifically designed snowboarding arena, Summit Park, as well as 24 varied runs for skiers of all levels.
Local Attractions Local attractions include the Glencoe and North Lorn Folk Museum in the village itself, the Glencoe Visitor Centre (about 1½ miles south) and the historical slate quarry at Ballachulish. Kinlochleven comprises an indoor ice wall which is five times larger than any other in the world at the Ice Factor. Further afield, Fort William is dominated by the huge presence of Ben Nevis, which at 4406ft stands as Britain's highest mountain. The hotel is ideally placed for day trips to the rest of the western highlands. Take a trip to Inverness to go Nessie spotting or to Oban to visit some of the many attractions such as Oban Distillery, Dunollie Castle, McCaig's' Tower or the award winning Scottish Sealife Centre which is just a few miles north of Oban.
There is, however, more to the area than mountains. Fishermen are drawn by the beautiful location, with superb salmon fishing in the Rivers Coe and Orchy. There are watersports available on the lochs and great mountain biking terrain (with bike hire available in the village) whilst wintersports include skiing, snowboarding and rock and ice climbing. Bird watchers, botanists and wildlife enthusiasts all flock to Glencoe looking for their own escape in Scotland's most breathtaking landscape.