For our third day in Scotland we didn’t move around much. We stayed in the Glencoe area and basically walked around. Glencoe and its surroundings was one of highlights of our trip, if not our favourite, and we’d gladly return there.
But let’s begin at the beginning. Glencoe (or Glencoe Village) is a small village in Glen Coe (valley of Coe). The area is known for the Glencoe Massacre, which took place in 1692, where 38 people from Clan MacDonald were killed by the soldiers they had let into their own homes. The reason for the killing was that they hadn’t sworn loyalty to King William within the established deadline.
We didn’t stay in the village itself, but at Glencoe Independent Hostel, which is in the middle of nature and 1.4 miles away from Glencoe Village. We had booked one of their caravans, and we were fortunate enough to get the one with the best views. I really enjoyed our stay there, I would certainly recommend it and I would love to go back.
Morning: Glencoe Village and Glencoe Lochan
In the morning we decided to take things slowly and we chose an easy walk. We went to Glencoe Village following the path/road that leaves the hostel and it was a lovely. It was around this area precisely that some scenes from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban were shot. After a short walk in the village, and seeing that it was too early for lunch, we decided to walk to Glencoe Lochan. It’s an artificial lake created by Lord Strathcona because his wife, who was Canadian, was homesick. The walk around the lake is about 1.5 miles (2.5 km) long and may take around 1 hour.
Afternoon: Hiking to the Lost Valley
After this we went back to Glencoe Village to have lunch, and after eating we walked back to our caravan. Seeing that the weather had cleared, we decided to try the hike to the Lost Valley. It’s called “lost” because it’s a valley between mountains which is completely hidden from view. You can only see it when you get there. The MacDonald’s used it to hide cattle.
In contrast to the walk to Glencoe Lochan, this one is a more difficult hike. You should wear hiking boots as there are areas were you could slip (I experienced it myself) and fall. Having said that, though, I’m not particularly fit or a particularly sporty person, and I managed to get to the valley. But I was lean and young at the time, without any health problems.
We started the walk relatively late in the afternoon; I think it must have been around 5:00 or 6:00 pm. However, in June the sun doesn’t set until pretty late, around 9:00 or 10:00 pm. Still, people seem to keep early schedules: almost all the people we met on our way were actually returning. So, when we finally reached the valley it was completely empty.
The view was impressive. Unfortunately, we didn’t have time to walk there. We just stayed at one of the edges, took some pictures, enjoyed and marvelled at the view, and then went back. That night we stayed in and had a pizza in our caravan.
I think our stay in Glencoe and our walk to the Lost Valley was amazing. I was sad that we couldn’t stay longer, and I would love to go back sometime.
Summary and Recommendations
In summary, from all that we did on our third day, I would definitely recommend:
- Lost Valley
- Staying in Glencoe Independent Hostel’s caravans
- Glencoe Lochan
As you can see, I recommend everything. The Lost Valley was my favourite, though.