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Glencoe history and culture

Ancient and modern Glencoe History would take a lot of pages to describe, but here's a start...

Glencoe is world famous for its part in Scottish history. Much of this is well documented and we provide a simple chronological list of historical events including more contemporary history from our visit Fort William site. The National Trust for Scotland is an important centre to visit and experience Glencoe. On a contemporary theme, Glencoe today is a prime, unspoilt, wild and remote place, which offers magnificent mountains set in amazing natural history.

The journey north from the Lowlands is often a thrilling experience as the mountains loom closer and closer, and then finally, you are amongst them as you drive north towards the sea and the village of Glencoe where the mountains give way to the Atlantic Ocean in the form of Loch Leven, a tidal sea-loch.

In Glencoe there are a small number businesses south of the village - Kings House Hotel is a former coaching inn, and certainly in a remote but fabulous location a few miles south of the Glencoe Ski Centre, which is also a good summer visitor centre. Once you have climbed up and through the Gorge, the road falls away to the shore of Loch Achtriochtan, where a small junction will take you to The Clachaig Centre and on to Glencoe Youth Hostel and local bunkhouse. From here you are almost at the village and the forestry lochan walk.

Beyond this junction on the A82 is a sign for Glencoe Mountain Cottages whose view of the Aonach Eagach Ridge is phenomenal! Two miles along the road on the left is the National trust for Scotland Visitor Centre.

Imagine working as a cattle drover as you walk your Highland cattle herd to market to Falkirk - around 100 miles away in the south...  Victorian travellers on a horse-drawn "stagecoach" must have been extremely hardy adventurers in the cold and rain - but what an experience ! Hans Christian Andersen visited Glencoe as did Sir Walter Scott.

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Rose Cottage
This little flat, which is part of the owners home, is perfect for a couple. The flat is self contained. All the accommodation is at ground level with access to a small private garden. Seats and table, herbs and cottage garden plants. Enjoy this sheltered spot with views of Ben Nevis. On a clear night sit out and take in the night sky. Main access to flat from the garden by the French doors. It provides one double bedroom, living room/kitchen with French doors. The shower-room, small and tall with power-shower and a pulley for drying clothes. The kitchen is well equipped. Has a gas hob, electric oven and grill. Fridge with ice box. Lots of lovely crockery and utensils. All linen, including towels, is included. Also all heating, underfloor, works like a big storage heater. Washing machine. Off road parking for 2 cars A welcome pack of fresh flowers, tea, coffee etc and home baking. Have a cuppa before you unpack. There are maps and guides, natural history books and novels. Games and puzzles. D.V.D's and C.D's Near town and trails.Easy walking or cycling from the front door. Ben Nevis and Nevis Range for climbing and skiing are both nearby. Cycle the World Cup Downhill course and the Witches Trail. Take the service or steam train to Mallaig, hire canoes on the Canal, drive off to Ardnamurchan or Glencoe; visit the West Highland Museum; go horse riding and fly fishing 5 minutes walk. Ben Nevis is waiting to be climbed - or just relax and read your book. We are happy to help you plan outings, find a nice cup of coffee or a secluded beach. The accommodation is smart and practical with exposed stone, wooden beams, blue kitchen, painted floors. Dogs are welcome but please discuss with owners when booking. No Smoking and No Fireworks or Chinese lanterns please. Please telephone or email to check availability
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Craig Moray Cottage Glencoe
Glencoe Luxurious and elegant properties, in the beautiful valley of Glencoe. If it's water sports, mountain biking, hill climbing, skiing, or touring you want, this beautiful rugged glen has it all. Exclusively designed for couples seeking that special break away from the toils of daily living. Equally as elegant as our larger properties, but much more intimate. Quality furnishings and beautiful finishing touches give this property an air of luxury. Described as a property with personality CraigMoray is furnished to a superior standard and is lovingly maintained by the owners throughout. Glencoe is an ideal base for exploring the West Highlands, situated in a prime location for Munro bagging, climbing, skiing or just sampling the very best of what Scotland has to offer. If you are looking for quality, self catering accommodation in Glencoe, then make Craig Moray Cottage your first choice. Craig Moray Cottage is specially designed for the smaller party of 2 adults and one child/3rd adult Craig Moray Cottage: Exclusively designed for couples seeking that special break away from the toils of daily living. Equally as elegant as our larger properties, but much more intimate. Quality furnishings and beautiful finishing touches give this property an air of luxury. Described as a property with personality, Craig Moray is furnished to a superior standard and is lovingly maintained by the owners throughout. Glencoe is a great base for exploring the West Highlands, situated in a prime location for Munro bagging, climbing, skiing or just sampling the very best of what Scotland has to offer. If you are looking for quality, self catering accommodation in Glencoe, then make Craig Moray Cottage your first choice
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Corriechoillie Farmhouse, Spean Bridge
NEW TO MARKET 2018 - availability in May through October Corriechoillie Farmhouse, Spean Bridge is set in a cobbled courtyard and is the place for making family and holiday memories. 4 bed house, sleeping up to 8 with double parking, outbuilding for ski, bike, hiking equipment. Large garden for bbqs, sunbathing, playing games or the solitude you require. Stunning surroundings.  The only thing you will hear at night are the owls.  No street lights, no traffic, tranquility.  Oil central heating at the touch of a button. 6 ring gas hob and electric oven, washing machine and tumble drier free of charge. Fridge, freezer, microwave. Open fire in the living room with coal and kindling provided in the winter. Unlimited WiFi. Free sat TV, DVD player with a selection if films for all ages. Board games and playing cards. Travel cot, mattress and high chair provided, please note no bed linen for babies provided. TV in twin bedroom with chromecast. Shower and bath. Access to each bedroom without disturbing other bedrooms. Max of two dogs allowed at an additional charge, we ask that dogs do not go on furniture or sleep in the bedrooms. Outbuilding for safe storing of any mountian bikes, ski equipment, kayak, canoe etc etc. Double parking. Mountain bikes trails, walking pays,  hillwalking right on your doorstep.  Near to Aonach Mor (Nevis Range) ski resort, the highest mountain in the UK Ben Nevis, and also start of both West & East Highland Ways. Gateway to the Highlands, the outdoor Capital of the UK. 1hr away from the first polar bear born in UK for 25 years. Your perfect base. Whether you want a peaceful stay or something more active Corriechoillie Farmhouse is the place to stay, set close the foot of the Grey Corries and many surrounding Mamores, excellent location for hill walkers. Short distance to the train station in Spean Bridge (2 miles), catch the train to Corrour and walk back to the house. Many forest tracks for walking and mountain biking, varying in distance right on your doorstep.  Aonach Mor which hosts the World Mountain Bike championships is just a direct 5 miles by mountain bike or walking from the house, this is also the local ski centre (please note no direct access by vehicle).  Should availability permit we will accept shorter breaks.  Access to the whole garden, double parking and outbuilding. The village of Spean Bridge has a golf course where clubs and trollies are available for hire.  For the more adventurous there is Active Highs where you can organise a variety of outdoor activities. The village also hosts three restaurants, local bar, grocery store, soap shop and woollen mill.   There is also a taxi service, regular bus service and a train service. Come and watch the traditional Scottish game of shinty played each Saturday and Sunday at the local pitch.  The site of the Commando Memorial is one mile north of the village with the museum situated in Spean Bridge Hotel. Ben Nevis the highest mountain in the UK is just 11 miles away near the town of Fort William, in the town you will find the Nevis Centre which has a soft play area, ten pin bowling, badminton, concerts, tennis court and occasional cinema, There are also supermarkets, the leisure centre, climbing centre and 18 hole golf course. Catch the Steam Train (Hogworts Express) from Fort William, enjoy the viaduct at Glenfinnan made famous in the Harry Potter films and experience the stunning views of the Inner Isles at your destination (please note booking is essential).  Take a boat trip down Loch Linnhe where you may see grey seals and otters.  There endless things to see and do around Lochaber.
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Innisfree Self Catering Apartment
Ideal for exploring the West Coast and Inner Isles this lovely apartment has wonderful views of Ben Nevis, Loch Linnhe and Fort William. Set in an elevated position our well furnished holiday apartment will sleep 4 guests in two bedrooms and is in an ideal base for your visit to this area. Close by is Fort William, the ’Outdoor Capital of the UK’, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Wildlife is in abundance and outdoor pursuits including climbing, skiing, mountain biking, sailing and fishing are available locally. Take a trip on the Harry Potter steam train or ride up the mountain in a gondola. Loch Ness, Skye, Oban and Glencoe are all easily reached. The Caledonian Canal and Neptunes Staircase are a short walk away.Although only 3 Miles from the bustling hub of Fort William itself, Innisfree has delights right on the doorstep.Badabrie is situated just off “The Road to The Isles” and heading west is a pleasant and picturesque walk along the Caledonian Canal towpath (1.5 Miles) to the lovely village of Corpach which has a supermarket and Corpach Basin where boats wait to enter or leave The Caledonian Canal. A few minutes walk east from Innisfree, lies “Neptune’s Staircase” one of the great sights of the British Canal system, being the longest staircase lock in Britain with 8 locks. A whole day could be spent here just watching the variety of small and large vessels as they manoeuvre their way down towards Loch Linnhe and onwards to the sea, or north towards The Great Glen and on to Inverness. There is a very popular restaurant and cafe at the lock system itself, and the towpath is part of The Great Glen Way, which provides a lovely cycle ride or a leisurely walk along it’s bank.The walking and cycle track that runs alongside the Caledonian Canal also runs towards Fort William passing close to the River Lochy and Old Inverlochy Castle. On this route it is possible to take the dedicated cycle track to Nevis Range where Britain's only mountain gondola transports you up the slopes of Aonach Mor. Taking the service train at nearby Banavie Station will take you to Glenfinnan, Arisaig, Morar and ultimately Mallaig. Of course the Jacobite Steam Train also runs on this line from Fort William.
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