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Glencoe Travel Guide - Scotland

Once within Argyll but now within the jurisdiction of the Highlands thanks to government reorganisation, Glencoe Village is the modern name for a long–standing, storied community situated in the Carnoch section of the Glen Coe forest system. Commanding magnificent views of the woods' weathered beauty and the surrounding walls of harsh, grey mountain, Glencoe Village is perhaps best–known outside of Scotland as a location for films, including the very popular "Harry Potter" series.

From a historian's point of view, Glencoe is remembered as the site of the Massacre of Glencoe in 1692, in which dozens of members of the MacDonald clan were slaughtered for their reluctance to accept the rule of William of Orange and thereby receive his pardon for their role in the Jacobite Uprising of two years prior.

Pap of Glencoe reflection on Glencoe Lochan At the heart of Glencoe Village is the three–hundred year old Clachaig Inn, conveniently divided into two with a section for hikers and mountaineers to tromp through mud and all, and a section reserved for more formal dinner. The inn is famous for its selection of drink, from traditional ales to whisky. Another modern amenities include postal service, numerous bed–and–breakfasts, a church, a museum of local history, and picturesque chalets and cottages for let.

Glencoe holds a special attraction for hill–walkers and rock–climbers, offering some of the most challenging and beautiful settings in all of Scotland for them to test themselves against. The highest peaks in the area include the Buachaille Etive Mor, the Buachaille Etive Beag, and the Bidean nam Bian massif. Down below, the central feature is the River Coe itself, meandering through the village before proceeding downriver to Invercoe.