WALKING IN THE WEEPING VALLEY
There can be few better places to spend your last morning in the Scottish Highlands than GLEN COE. This sheer-sided valley is simply stunning, its intimidating massifs dwarfing the A82 as it runs for 8 majestic miles through the heart of the glen. On a grey Scottish day, the ensemble can appear quite menacing, a feeling enhanced by history – the glen was the site of a notorious massacre in 1692, when the Campbells slaughtered over 40 of the rival McDonald can (Glen Coe, rather aptly, is Gaelic for “Weeping Valley”).
From the main car park, 3 miles east of Glencoe Village, an easy-ish 1.5-mile trail leads through woodland and beneath glacial-carved mountains to AN TORR (“Rocky Hill”), via a side trip to Signal Rock on the top of Tom a’ Ghrianain (“Hill of the Sun”); it takes around an hour and a quarter to complete the loop. Alternatively, you can park up in one of the bays overlooking the River Coe and walk down into the glen for a paddle beneath the imposing peaks of the THREE SISTERS (the parking bay is 6 miles from Glencoe Village) or, with older children, make the hour-long hike (and occasional scramble) up to the start of the HIDDEN VALLEY, following the gravel pathway left below the parking bay and over a metal staircase that crosses the River Coe.
From Glen Coe, it’s around 105 miles back to Bunk Campers’ depot near Edinburgh Airport, following the A82 south to Crianlarich, the A85 to Lochearnhead and the A84/B824 towards Doune and Dunblane; from here, the M9 runs past Stirling and on to Edinburgh (Broxburn is on the A89, 4.5 miles west of the airport).
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