Glencoe & DalnessWritten by Administrator
Glencoe is one of Scotland's most beautiful places and you can find out about its history, landscape and wildlife in the Trust's visitor centre.
The peaks of Glencoe stand as a monument to one of the most tragic events in Scotland's history - the infamous massacre that took place here on a snow-driven February night in 1692.
The site offers a dramatic backdrop for some of the finest climbing and walking in the country. Red deer, wildcat, golden eagle and rare arctic alpine plants can be found among the breathtaking peaks and spectacular waterfalls in the glen. An easy walk is to Signal Rock, by tradition the gathering point for the MacDonalds of Glencoe at times of emergency.
Glencoe is the home of Scottish mountaineering and was the scene of many first ascents, by celebrated Victorian climbers such as Raeburn, Naismith, Collie and the Abrahams. The area is still extremely popular in both summer and winter. There are 20 major climbing sites, each with many individual routes. It is estimated that hill walkers make about 150,000 visits to the property each year.
Buachaille Etive Mor and Buachaille Etive Beag stand at the east side of the property, the Three Sisters on the south of the glen, and the famous ridge walk along the Aonach Eagach forms our northern boundary. There are eight Munros within the property - Bidean nam Bian, Stob Coire Sgreamhach, Sgorr nam Fiannaidh, Meall Dearg, Stob na Broige, Stob Dearg, Stob Coire Raineach and Stob Dubh. There are no Corbetts though!
In all there are over 49 miles (79km) of footpaths on the property, upon which NTS operates a rolling programme of maintenance and repair.
With exciting interactive displays and activities for both adults and children, Living on the Edge explores the landscape, wildlife and history of Glencoe. Find out what it feels like to climb on ice, discover how the glen was formed, and try your hand at solving the conservation issues faced by NTS.
Follow the history of the famous massacre of Glencoe with a 15-minute video presentation. Additional audio historical information is available in six languages: English, French, Gaelic, German, Italian and Japanese.
Another two video presentations, plus a free activity book for children, is all part of a fun visit!
Going for a walk and not sure where to go? Then pop into our outlook station, situated in the reception, for friendly advice from the ranger service. Get the latest weather forecast, or buy the map you need for your walk in the hills. You can also find out about local accommodation and other places of interest to visit in the area.
See the surrounding hills up close through our telescope. Look out for the local wildlife; you might even see one of our Highland cattle up close.
The area is maintained by the National Trust for Scotland. For more information please see their website.