There's lots of things to do in Glencoe for those looking for outdoor adventure or those exploring by car, on foot, or by bike.

Situated in the shadow of the Pap of Glencoe, overlooking Loch Leven, The Glencoe Gathering is warm, friendly and full of character. Traditional Scottish hospitality is complemented by the nature and adventure that awaits you outdoors.


Walkers follow the West Highland Way at the head of Glencoe, while shorter local trails highlight wildlife, waterfalls and woodland.

View of Buachaille Etive Mor The Glencoe Inn

Buachaille Etive Mòr

This iconic mountain guards the entrance to Glen Coe as you approach from Rannoch Moor on the A82 road from Glasgow. A favourite for climbers and hikers, the Buachaille is one of Scotland's most photographed mountains.

Glen Coe Valley near The Glencoe Inn

River Coe

The River Coe runs down through mountainous valleys, eventually flowing through the village of Glencoe and into Loch Leven close to the Glencoe Inn and Gathering.

Deer in Glen Coe near The Glencoe Inn

Wildlife of the Glen

Surrounded by towering mountains and pierced with tumbling waterfalls and streams, Glen Coe is home to a variety of Scottish wildlife; birds of prey such as the Golden Eagle, larger animals like deer and smaller mammals including the elusive pine martin.

Glencoe Visitor Centre near The Glencoe Inn

Glen Coe Visitor Centre

The Glencoe Visitor Centre gives context to the area’s history and landscape telling the story of the infamous massacre of Glencoe.

Aonach Eagach Mountain near The Glencoe Inn

Aonach Eagach

Hill walkers and climbers can traverse this narrow mountain ridge with its sharp pinnacles and knife edged traverses. Guides are available locally.

Filming Locations

Over the years, Glencoe’s scenery has had a starring role in many famous films: Skyfall, Braveheart, Rob Roy, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Glencoe now plays its leading part on Scotland’s Movie Trail.

Glenfinnan Viaduct Train near The Glencoe Inn

Glenfinnan Viaduct

Appears in Harry Potter films as the Hogwarts Express carries Harry from platform 9¾ to school at Hogwarts.

Steall Falls near Glencoe Hotels & Glen Coe Accommodation

Steall Falls in Glen Nevis

This walking route leads through the Nevis Gorge and passes the cascading Steall Falls. The falls feature in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire when Harry takes part in a Triwizard Tournament.

Glen Etive near The Glencoe Inn

Glen Etive

The Highland driving scenes from Skyfall were filmed in Glencoe and nearby Glen Etive as Bond drove his Aston Martin DB5 on the A82 past the mountains of Buachaille Etive Mor and Buachaille Etive Beag.

Adventure Seekers

Active pursuits venture on to lochs, into hills, up Munros and down mountains. Bikers take on the rugged terrain throughout the year, while winter sports add skiing and snowboarding to seasonal snow at Glencoe Mountain Resort.

Buachaille Etive Mor Hill Scottish Walking Break near The Glencoe Inn

Walking and Climbing

The West Highland Way is close by and if the weather prevents some outdoors climbing, the world’s largest indoor ice wall challenges climbers at nearby Ice Factor in Kinlochleven. Ben Nevis offers the UK's highest walking or climbing challenge.

Fish in net near The Glencoe Inn


The local Glencoe rivers are popular for fly fishing to catch salmon and sea trout. Lochs like the Glencoe Lochan are great for loch fishing where you can catch brown trout, pike and more, while sea angling charters offer the opportunity to catch large skate, mackerel and even conger eel.

Skiing near The Glencoe Inn


When the snow falls, nearby Glencoe Mountain Resort and the Nevis Range at Fort William offer skiing for all abilities.

Mountain Biking near The Glencoe Inn

Mountain Sports

The Lochan Trails under the Pap of Glencoe are a stones throw from the Glencoe Inn & Gathering. Mountain bikers can use the local trails and nearby rivers offer a challenge for white water kayakers.

Historic Locations

Glencoe Views near The Glencoe Inn

Glenfinnan Monument

The monument marks the location that Bonnie Prince Charlie came ashore and started the Jacobite Rising that was eventually quashed at the infamous Battle of Culloden.

Castle on Loch near The Glencoe Inn

Castle Stalker

Castle Stalker is one of the most authentic Scottish castles and sits surrounded by water in a prominent position on Loch Linnhe on the road from Glencoe to Oban. A limited number of tours are available each year.

Exploring Glencoe

Road Through Glen Coe near The Glencoe Inn

For those of you seeking a more relaxed break, there are wonderful places to eat and drink as well as a museum, gallery, garden and visitor centres to explore.

Directions to The Glencoe Inn & Gathering

The main road through Glencoe is the A82 which snakes its way through the mountain passes, glens and over moors as it connects the cities of Glasgow to the south and Inverness to the north. If you are travelling from the south follow the A82 then at the Tyndrum junction follow the road in the direction of Fort William continuing on the A82. Once you have driven through Glen Coe and into the village itself, pass the filling station on the left and The Glencoe Inn is a further 100 metres on left hand side. If you are coming from the north take the A82 south from Fort William, The Glencoe Inn is located on the right hand as you enter Glencoe Village. The closest train station is in Fort William.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Glencoe world famous for?

Glencoe is known as the home of Scottish mountaineering. The journey by car on the A82 through the Glen is considered a bucket-list item. Glencoe is also famous for the ‘Massacre of Glencoe’ which took place in 1689 after the Jacobite conflict.

Which time of the year is the best to visit Glencoe?

For those hoping to climb the surrounding mountains, we would recommend you visit in summer to take advantage of the warmer temperatures and longer days. September is the perfect month to visit if you wish to avoid tourists and crowds.

Which mountains can I climb at Glencoe?

The famous Aonach Eagach - or ‘notched ridge’ - lines the northern edge of Glencoe and stretches on for three miles with two Munro summits. Other options include the Three Sisters of Glencoe, The Pap of Glencoe and, of course, Ben Nevis.

Are there other activities I can do in Glencoe?

Yes. You can follow Glencoe’s Geotrail for information on the environment. For film buffs, you can board the Jacobite steam train. Check the West Coast Highways website for information on operating times and ticketing. For the adrenaline-junkie, you can snowboard, ski, and mountain bike from the Glencoe Mountain Resort or kayak on Loch Leven.

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