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Glencoe Lochan

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Towering redwoods surround this tranquil lochan

Just outside Glencoe village you’ll find a beautiful lochan, surrounded by tall woods, with a backdrop of pointed mountains. The trails wind through a landscape planted with North American trees by Lord Strathcona in the 1890s – he hoped they would comfort his homesick Canadian wife.

Walking trails

Glencoe Lochan route card (PDF)

Walking

Lochan trail

A gentle trail around the tranquil Glencoe Lochan and woodland, created by Lord Strathcona for his homesick Canadian wife.

A wide, firm and smooth surfaced path, generally flat, but with short gentle gradients, broken up with rest points.

Easy (all abilities) trail grade icon
1 miles / 1.6 km

Allow
½ hour

More information

Admire the reflections of Glencoe’s grand landscape on this easy-access trail around the lochan. You can check out the all-ability Lochan Trail in a Phototrail by the Fieldfare Trust.

Walking

Woodland trail

Meandering through huge North American conifers - an impressive woodland path. Enjoy the loch views and in spring, carpets of bluebells.

A firm path with some rough rocky and rooty sections. Constantly undulating, with short steep sections. Can be muddy in places after rain.

Strenuous trail grade icon
1 miles / 1.6 km

Allow
¾ hour

More information

You can imagine you’re in Canada as you breathe the pine-scented air along this trail: it passes through the North American trees planted by Lord Strathcona in the 1890s.

Walking

Mountain trail

A short but tough path. The view from the slopes of Stac a’Chlamhain (the steep hill of the buzzard) is just superb.

A loose gravel path, with uneven stone steps and rooty sections. Long very steep gradients.

Strenuous trail grade icon
1 miles / 1.6 km

Allow
¾ hour

More information

Take in the views of Loch Leven, dotted with islands, which stretches away towards the Ballachulish bridge and the hills of Morvern. See if you can spot the ruined chapel on one of Loch Leven’s islands.

Activities

Walk or cycle around Glencoe

Glencoe Lochan is a good starting point for exploring more of Scotland’s most famous glen. The Glencoe orbital route is designed for gentle cycling, using quiet roads and cycle tracks to take you right round the glen. You can join it at the bottom of the drive leading to the lochan car park – look for the blue cycle route signs.

Pap of Glencoe

You could also use the forest as a starting point for a trip up the Pap of Glencoe. There are superb views from the top, but it is a very demanding hill walk. See WalkHighlands for route information.

Facilities and access

Walking
Walking
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Parking
All ability trails
All ability trails
Easy-access facilities
Easy-access facilities
Viewpoint
Viewpoint
Mountain access
Mountain access
Picnic area
Picnic area

The nearest public toilets, cafés and shops are in Glencoe village.

Water safety

We want all our visitors to have a safe and enjoyable time at our forests. If you plan on venturing into the water here, please read our safety advice first.

Water safety

Accessibility

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Car parking information

There is no charge to park in this car park. Please park with care and consideration. In particular please park in designated parking areas only and do not block entrances or gates.

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Getting here

Head east through the centre of Glencoe village and over the hump-back bridge. The entrance to Glencoe Lochan is on the left just after the bridge.

Using SatNav?

PH49 4HT is the nearest postcode.

Public transport

Lots of local and national bus services stop on the western and southern edges of Glencoe village, a 15-20 minute walk from Glencoe Lochan. Plan your journey at Traveline Scotland.

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Phone
0300 067 6650 (option 1)
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Wildlife hide
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Facilities and activities
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Parking (charge)
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Viewpoint
Picnic area
Picnic area
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