Glencoe and Clachaig Inn

Glencoe Scotland

I didn't particularly want to stop in Glencoe. I had my intentions set on getting as many days in the Highlands as we possibly could and as far as I knew, Glencoe was "too far south". Open spaces and sheep were on the top of my list. Alex mentioned that James Bond had filmed in Glencoe and that changed things not a whit. Then he mentioned that Harry Potter had filmed here as well, that made a small dent in my stubborn resistance.

Still, I wasn't fully convinced we should leave the towns circling Inverness to come back South through Glencoe. Alas, the Highland Folk Museum was closed when we wanted to go and a series of events followed that led us straight into the heart of Glencoe.

Road to Glencoe Scotland

It is stunningly beautiful and ended up being our favorite 2 days of the trip. There is a large gorge that cuts through the "Three Sisters", which are easily hikeable for the able bodied. Glencoe's claim to fame, long before every movie and its sister ended up filiming here, was the massacre. The Clan Campbell accepted the hospitality of the Glencoe MacDonalds and then slaughtered them.






Glencoe Scotland
Glencoe Scotland

This valley in the heart of the Earth was so poetically beautiful that it is the one place we returned to on our second trip to Scotland. It does not disappoint a second time, though in retrospect it is MUCH better abandoned and empty in November than with tourists in July. Warmer, though!

Located in the middle of Glencoe is a small forest that is in the process of restoration.

Glencoe Scotland An Tor Forest

Glencoe Scotland An Tor Forest

Glencoe Scotland An Tor Forest

...and the hills themselves are full of rocky outcroppings, heath and heather and a few brave mountain goats.

Heath Heather on Scottish Hillside Glencoe

Perhaps the most impressive manmade sight is this simple stone fence that literally climbs a mountain. Starting on the basic 20th century paved road, this stone fence just goes on and on and on until you almost lose sight of it on the side of the mountain.

Glencoe Scotland Top of Harry Potter Hill Three Sisters

Both trips to Glencoe, we hiked up the loose trail beside this wall. The first time, I went about halfway and the second time, we made it up so far that you probably couldn't see us from the road anymore.

Glencoe Scotland Top of Harry Potter Hill Three Sisters

This is the site where Hagrid set up shop with his pumpkins in Harry Potter:

...and here the kids are walking down the mountain to Hagrid's Hut:

Here it is in everyday life from just a slightly different angle. Notice the trees in the valley, 
the peaks of the "three sisters" and imagine that stone wall just out of frame in the Harry Potter picture. 

Glencoe Scotland Three Sisters

...and angle a bit more to the left and you will see the famed Clachaig Inn nestled in the bottom of the valley. The inn is famous for mountain climbers, particularly those planning Everest expeditions. We had no clue that this unassuming Inn had such history when we stopped, but it was thrilling to see all the historic photos of famous climbers that stayed here, climbed the mountains here and then went on to scale Everest. 

Glencoe Scotland Top of Harry Potter Hill Three Sisters





Glencoe Scotland


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