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Glencoe – Scotland

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Towering peaks and hidden valleys in the West of Scotland

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  • Duration

    3 Nights
  • Accommodation

    Hostel
  • Food

    Some provided. Details below
  • Difficulty Levels

    Multiple walk options available See itinerary below
    for more details

Western Scotland is where some of the highest peaks in the country rise up from remote glens and the wild Atlantic coast. Fantastic mountain ridges and valley trails make this an adventurous place to go walking, where within a short time you’ll leave the modern world behind and be surrounded by spectacular scenery.

Join us for three days of walking, spread over a long weekend, from our base in Glen Coe, one of the most dramatic Scottish valleys. We’ll aim to take you on the best local walks, reaching mountain summits, and wandering alongside clear upland streams.

In a nutshell:

  • Enjoy three guided walks near Glen Coe in Western Scotland, seeing the best of the stunning scenery.
  • Relax in our exclusive hostel, where your host will always be on hand with hot drinks and freshly prepared food.
  • Experience the hospitality of the local area, exploring the pubs and cafes that dot this remote part of the country.
  • Be invigorated by the fresh air of the mountains and meet a great group of fellow walkers.

 

About the area

Western Scotland

With mountains stretching off into the horizon on all sides, Western Scotland has become a by-word for the great outdoors in the UK. With Ben Nevis at its heart, it boasts a lifetime’s worth of adventures for walkers, climbers, mountain bikers and everyone else who loves to explore these hills. Close to the mountains lies the sea, creeping into the land via sea-lochs, and dotted into the Atlantic swell are dozens of islands where seals bask in the sun. The unspoilt nature of this wilderness sits alongside some excellent facilities, cosy hostels and great restaurants and pubs. This is true mountain country, where you’ll quickly settle into a different pace of life surrounded by the towering giants of the great peaks.

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Itinerary

Friday

You’re welcome to arrive at the hostel at any time after 5pm, where your Large Outdoors host will be there to welcome you and help you settle in. Soon there’ll be a hot drink in your hand and you can relax before dinner, meeting the walking companions you’ll be spending the weekend with.

After an 8pm dinner, we’ll run through the plans for the next few days and decide on Saturday’s walk. Having qualified leaders allows us to take you to the best places depending on the weather forecast.

 

Saturday and Sunday

After an 8am breakfast and time to make packed lunches we’ll head out on the day’s walk. There are a huge number of options to choose from but we’ll try and stay as close to Glen Coe as possible, so you can experience the magic of this famous place.

Some possible options are:

  • Bidean nam Bian
    3

    Rising up from Glen Coe, this peak is the highest in the valley, and three of its ridges for the famous ‘three sisters of Glen Coe’ – rocky buttresses that tower over the valley. We’ll head up a mountain trail right up to the summit, returning via a different route through the ‘lost valley’, where the old clans used to hide their cattle from raiders. The views from the top are outstanding, with everything from Ben Nevis to the Western Isles visible in good weather.

  • Buachaille Etive Mor
    3

    The mountain guarding the entrance to Glen Coe, this peak is on the tick-lists of many walkers. The view of ‘the Buachaille’ from the east is one of the most well-known sights in Scotland, and you’ll immediately recognise this superbly shaped peak. The trail to the top is a steep and adventurous path, but once on the summit, we follow a broad ridge along to the two peaks, enjoying views over the expanse of Rannoch Moor. After completing the traverse, we drop back down to the valley and enjoy a valley trail back to the cars.

  • Lairig Gartain
    2

    For a low level walk that will allow us to gaze up at the mountains above while still getting that incomparable feeling of remoteness, we’ll head for a valley walk up Lairig Gartain. With mountains on both sides, we’ll cross the watershed to Glen Etive, before heading back to Glen Coe via the equally impressive Lairig Eilde, admiring the streams that rush down from the peaks above.

  • Other options
    2

    There are a range of other walking options, from lower hills like the Pap of Glencoe, to nearby coastal wanders, or a visit to the hills around Kinlochleven. We’ll be spoilt for choice!

Monday

After an 8am breakfast it’s time to pack up and leave the hostel. Today we’ll be heading out on a shorter walk, finishing around 1-2pm, allowing you to set off on the drive home at a reasonable time. If we’ve been up mountains on the previous two days, this will be a great chance to see another side to the area.

Possible walk options include:

 

  • Rannoch Moor
    1

    This great expanse of bog, lakes and countless streams lies to the east of Glen Coe. We’ll follow the track to the Black Corries Lodge and perhaps to the small hill of Meall a’ Phuill, admiring the great Moor and the surrounding mountains.

  • The Pap of Glencoe
    2

    One of the most recognisable peaks in Scotland, the Pap stands at the end of Glen Coe, rising up over Loch Leven. We’ll head up it’s steep sides and admire the views from its domed summit before descending back to the village of Glen Coe through woodland.

Our Base:

Address:

Glencoe Independent Hostel, Glencoe, Near Ballachulish PH49 4HX

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Kit lists – You can view our kit lists here…

For important information on what’s included with our standard trips, such as what food we supply, arrival times and answer to our most commonly asked questions please visit out our FAQ’s page 

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Glencoe Independent Hostel
Glencoe
Near Ballachulish
PH49 4HX
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What our members have to say...

  • “I didn’t really know what to expect on my first ever walking holiday and wasn’t very prepared if truth be known – lesson to all read the essential kit list especially waterproofs! It was great fun and what a lovely group of supportive and encouraging people, especially Gareth who did a great job looking after us all. I must admit at times I found it a bit challenging but what a great sense of achievement when we reached the top of the mountains (hills) I will definitely do this again.
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    Elizabeth
    Member Since 2016
  • Well, for a non-walker it was certainly challenging but my word was it exhilarating! The feeling of achievement after every day, was just fabulous. The group we went with were all strangers on day one, but firm friends by the end of the week. The comradery on some of the tougher walks, helped me to the top…..and wow what views. Anyone thinking of doing it - don’t worry….just go for it!
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    Claire
    Member Since 2016
  • My first Large Outdoors and (Ulster & the Giant's Causeway Walking Weekend) Irish experience was absolutely fantastic. Everything was organised perfectly and Gareth is a joy to be around. I loved every minute and will definitely book myself onto another trip. #toldallmyfriendstheyhavetocome
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    Vanessa
    Member Since 2018
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