Glencoe is a valley located in the Highland council area of western Scotland. Glen Coe, the westernmost of Scotland’s glens and the most westerly in Argyll, begins as a little-known river draining from an insignificant watershed and gradually widens to Glen Etive at an elevation of 1,011 feet (308 meters), where it runs west for approximately 5 miles (8 km) as a steep-sided glacier-scoured trough about 0.5 miles (800 meters) broad with towering peaks rising 3,000 feet (900 meters) or more. As the glen reaches into the valley of Loch Leven, it turns northwest.

Glencoe was the traditional western entrance to the Scottish Highlands, and as such was long one of the most strategic strongholds in Scotland. The glen is narrow at its eastern end but opens out westward into broad mountain-ringed straths, where remnant patches of native Caledonian forest thrived until the 19th century.

The upper portion of Glencoe, from Loch Achtriochtan to the head of Loch Leven is known as the ‘High Glen’. The central part of Glencoe has a lower stretch called ‘the Corryarrick Pass’ or ‘Corrycroy’ where the river leaves the high glen.

The valley’s name derives from its original inhabitants who were known as Coe-folk. Their descendants are still living there today. However, after about five centuries their language was replaced by Gaelic which became dominant in that area.

Today, traditional Scots is still spoken in some parts of Glencoe but Gaelic has given way almost entirely to English.

The scenery is simply stunning, with towering mountains and glaciers surrounding the glen. The valley is also steep-sided and narrow, making it quite panoramic. One of the best ways to experience the beauty of Glen Coe is by hiking one of the many trails that crisscross the area.

If you’re looking for a breathtaking view, Glencoe is definitely the place to go. With its stunning scenery and dramatic landscape, it’s easy to see why this valley is such a popular tourist destination. So if you’re looking for an amazing Scottish adventure, be sure to visit Glen Coe!


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