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Glencoe Forestry Lochan walk

The Glencoe Forestry Lochan is one of the special places in the Glencoe and Lochaber area - and well worth visiting on a peaceful day.

A short journey over a humped-back stone bridge from Glencoe Village takes you to a Forestry carpark, where several pleasant walks have been set out amongst mature trees. In particular, a beautiful sheltered lochan (a small lake).
 
Carefully hidden from the road, the Forestry Lochan was created by Lord Strathcona, after he returned from Canada in Edwardian times with his North American Indian wife. He had the lochan made, surrounded by mountains and trees, to remind her of home in the Canadian Rockies.
 
 In Springtime the small islands on the lochan are covered with Rhododendron flowers and the colours in Autumn are spectacular - not to mention the reflections...
 
 The Forestry has provided fabulous access the these beautiful woodlands. The Lochan has a level, even surfaced footpath all around it and this is a very peaceful place for a stroll.

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