Glencoe is famous for climbing, its scenery and remoteness and of course its infamous massacre. Glencoe has some excellent easy walking, hill walking and for the more experienced, climbing. The village sits on the eastern shore of Loch Leven at the end of the Glen itself. The main road passes through the glen and along the side of the village.
There are two main centres which attract climbers in this area, the Clachaig Inn just up from the village in Glen Coe itself and also the Kings House Hotel which is to the east of Glen Coe at the edge of Rannoch Moor but more significantly within sight of Buchaille Etive Mor, a magnificent climbing mountain. Just across from the Kings House there is Glencoe Mountain Resort, an exciting snow area for skiing and boarders.
The resort is now an all year round affair offering activities even when the snow has gone. (see Glencoe Things to do )
There is now a new visitor centre in Glencoe near the village. Most of the centre is free of charge. The centre is run by the National Trust of Scotland and they were perhaps a little insensitive to the area when the first manager of the new centre in 2002 was a Campbell.
The massacre of Glencoe took place in February 1662. There were 38 people put to the sword and perhaps many more died in the winter of the upper glens after fleeing the scene. It was not the fact that there were 38 deaths (awful as that is) but the treachery which has kept this a story known throughout much of the world today.
It was highland tradition to take in any travellers and give them shelter and food particularly in the winter. At this time the MacDonalds, as with all clans had been told that they must swear allegiance to the King. They were given a deadline that this must be done and the letter had to be delivered to the Duke of Argyll (a Campbell) in Inveraray. The delivery was a few hours late and thus the massacre was planned. Of the many soldiers (perhaps as many as 130) who were sheltered in the glen by the MacDonalds for a few days, at least 12 were Campbells.