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We'd been told by several Scottish friends that Glen Coe was the prettiest region of Scotland. It's a large area but all of it is gorgeous. It's a very rugged, alpine looking area. Very green but craggy. We wanted to hike but didn't get a...More
This is the second time we have taken this route from Fort William and both times it has been raining. We were a new to get some breathtaking photos though, during the odd dry spells. So scenic and well worth the visit.
Its a lovely view and drive, but having just come from the North 500 with so few people Glen Coe was too busy - people everywhere and if you went walking you'd be in queues.... too widely known possibly??
We stopped here and paid for a guided tour with one of the park rangers. She provided a lot of details on the history of the MacDonald clan and the troubles the Scots encountered with the British. Without her knowledge, the hiking would still be...More
If you're in Scotland, go here. It literally is the most beautiful place I've ever seen. I don't think there's any way to describe it accurately. The mountains are incredible. If there is mist or rain while you're there, it's even more special. If there's...More
Response from malcolmmanners | Reviewed this property |
As said above, any bank will do it. But I find it even more convenient (and often a better rate) to use an ATM there. Often they don't charge an ATM fee (there will be a label if that's the case). Be sure to let your bank... More
As said above, any bank will do it. But I find it even more convenient (and often a better rate) to use an ATM there. Often they don't charge an ATM fee (there will be a label if that's the case). Be sure to let your bank know you'll be using your debit card in Scotland, if you plan to do that, or they may freeze it, thinking it has been stolen. There are ATMs just outside of customs at the major airports, and at least one in nearly every little town and village.
Response from Pete_Chipp | Reviewed this property |
There are alot of companies in Glasgow and Edinburgh that arrange tours of various durations in minibuses to visit the Highlands from the major cities. They are geared up for people who don't have a car, and... More
There are alot of companies in Glasgow and Edinburgh that arrange tours of various durations in minibuses to visit the Highlands from the major cities. They are geared up for people who don't have a car, and they focus on the main sights, skipping from one to the next.
For the ones I have seen, the clients seem to get a good deal, with the driver/guide stopping off at all the interesting spots for photos and a mooch about. Mostly its young international travellers on these jaunts. If you don't have transport, then this is a great way to see a lot in a short time.
I have walked all over the Highlands and usually take a car, so I can't recommend any particular company for the tours. Also, if you are definitely set on a walk, as opposed to sightseeing, then this kind of tour might not be the one for you.
Glencoe in particular is stunning, and there are terrific views to be had from the roadside car parking. For a walk, its hard to recommend anything particular, since everyone has a different expectation from that. There is some serious mountaineering to be had in 'The Coe', and some strolls up the historical road route in the valley too and round about.
Now if you fancy being independent about this, and want to get some walking in, here's my recommendation:
From Glasgow the Citylink bus service goes direct to Glencoe with frequent outward services, and you can book online (search Citylink). I would recommend buying a return to 'Glencoe visitor centre', but get off one stop early (more than 10 miles) at the 'Glencoe ski centre road end'. From the ski place, you can get terrific views of the Buchaille mountain, get food, and take a chair lift up the mountain if the weather is good. You could also walk a few miles out and back on the West Highland Way track.
For the next part of this cunning plan, get a later bus from the Ski to the Glencoe Visitor Centre. You can pay on the bus by contactless. Sit on the left hand side of the bus for the best views as you go right through 'The Coe' itself.
The one way journey by bus takes 2hrs 15mins and you go up the side of Loch Lomond.