Glencoe Scotland the Highlands highlight

Glencoe Scotland
Buachaille Etive Mor Glencoe Scotland at sunrise – image by Ben Spencer of


Glencoe, Scotland – things to see and do

Discover Glencoe, the most renowned Highlands Glen. Just a short drive from central Scotland, Glencoe attracts millions of visitors annually, with stunning scenery, incredible history and thrilling activities to enjoy in its beautiful surrounds. From the breath taking peaks and waterfalls, to the warm and friendly hospitality of Glencoe Village, you’ll find a place that is steeped in charm and magic. Check out our top tips on this beautiful and unique part of Scotland, to help you make the most of your experience.

Captivating backdrops

Upon arrival, you might be struck by how incredibly cinematic the surroundings feel. Awe-inspiring peaks greet you, topped with mist and mystery at the start of the day, while waters tumble down in a series of waterfalls and small rivers. It’s no surprise then, that Glencoe’s attracted the attentions of film makers for years – most notably, 007’s latest outing in Skyfall, as well as the Harry Potter series, all took advantage of its unique character.

Make your own memories of Glencoe as you explore for yourself its mountains, lochs and rushing rivers. Uncover its rich natural history, present all year round – from the red deer often spotted wandering around in winter, to the scores of different bird species that come all through spring and summer.

Glencoe Scotland Landscape
Glencoe Scotland Landscape – image Ben Spencer


Challenges to thrill

Take in Glencoe in your own style. Choose between a host of various adrenalin-packed extreme sports, including skiing, mountaineering, biking and river rafting. Boasting Scotland’s oldest ski school, both beginners and long-time pros can enjoy the host of activities on offer. Purpose made bike tracks let you criss-cross the country, and annual races attract thousands of visitors wanting to hurtle across the glens at breakneck speeds.

For a more serene experience, make the most of the scenery with a relaxing mountain walk. With routes tailored to different levels, you can take it at your pace, from the invigorating walk to the historic Signal Rock, to gentler walks across the flats and woodlands. Don’t forget to catch the majestic Loch Achtriochtan, for some truly memorable scenes, and take in the local wildlife – Glencoe is a birdwatcher’s paradise.

A taste of Scotland

Scotland’s customary warmth and hospitality is particularly special at Glencoe, as the local village and surrounding area offers up a range of goodies for you. Enjoy the many distinctive tastes of Scotland, from traditional Scottish baked treats in the character-filled tea rooms across Glencoe, as well as restaurants boasting delicious local meat, game and seafood. Many of the charming local pubs will let you experience real ales and Scottish whiskey, as well as the friendly local atmosphere.

Take away a bit of Glencoe with you, with a taste of the local shopping. You won’t find a generic looking High Street here, but instead, you can discover the delights of the local arts and crafts, with talented artists capturing the natural beauty in photography, paintings and ceramics. Wool shops specialise in luxurious locally made wool and cashmere wares, while you’ll also find a host of edible treats to take home for friends and family.

This article was a paid contribution by Miriam P. You can find her on the People Per Hour website. Editor Matthew Richmond. Photographic editor Ben Spencer.



Matthew has been writing about the Arts and culture for Interesting Everything since 2012. Having graduated an Arts History major from Berkeley in the late 60's he now spends his retirement writing about 18th century painters, surfing with his partner, and occasionally posting the odd article on Interesting Everything. He lives in oceanside, california.