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WALKING

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No matter what your walking experience, there is a track, path or mountain trail in the Glencoe area to suit every ability.

As always, before you go out make sure you have good walking shoes or boots and suitable clothing – sometimes you can see all four seasons in one day here in Glencoe!  It’s always wise to let someone know where you’re going too.

Here’s a selection of walks in and around the area:

Inchree waterfalls

From the car park at Inchree, you can reach the viewpoint of these spectacular waterfalls in just a few minutes. There are longer walks too – all with well-marked routes through the forest. To get there, follow the A82 towards Fort William, and keep an eye out for signs to Inchree village.

Kinlochleven

There’s a great network of paths at the head of Loch Leven – including the dramatic mountain range of the Mamores. For a gentle alternative, park at the Post Office and follow the path to the old pier. Kinlochleven is about seven miles from the hotel.

Glencoe Lochan

The popular walk round Glencoe Lochan is an easy and picturesque stroll through ornamental woodland. The views of Glencoe in the distance contrast dramatically with the serene wooded shores – allow about an hour for the walk, a little longer if you plan to stop by the lochside.

To find the Glencoe Lochan car park, head east from the village, over a hump back bridge over the River Coe, and there’s a little road on the left. All the paths are waymarked, and the Glencoe Café is a perfect pit stop before or after the walk. The paths are also suitable for cycling, if you’ve brought the bikes with you.

Find out more on the Walk Highlands website.

Leanachan Forest

Leanachan Forest has 25 miles of forest tracks to explore on foot or bike. There are Trail Quest check points to keep the kids engaged, and all the walks are graded from ‘easy’ to ‘expert’.

The Hidden Valley

This is where the Macdonalds of Glencoe hid their rustled cattle. Take the A82 past Glencoe and follow signs to Coire Gabhail. The walk is rough in places, but it’s rewarding – explore the valley floor, in the shadow of huge rock faces and boulders the size of houses. At a little over two and a half miles, it’s not far – but it is remote, so it’ll take you around two hours.

Find the full route description on the Walk Highlands website.