Scotland has many beautiful cities and locations, however Glencoe definitely seems to be one of the most popular. The fact that films such as Skyfall and Harry Potter filmed some of their scenes here helps to make the area well known. However, the sheer beauty of it alone attracts many visitors. It’s one of those great locations that can be visited in the winter or summer months, rain, sun or snow.
There are many coach companies that will take you through here, however I recommend driving yourself if you are able. That way you you have more control over where you stop and for how long!
In the winter months the Glencoe Ski Resort is open (however check the website before visiting to make sure the resort and roads aren’t closed due to weather conditions). I’ve always wanted to try skiing but had never had the opportunity until this January when I was staying near the resort. Whether you can ski already or want to learn I would definitely recommend going. They have a range of runs for different abilities, and the view from any of them is spectacular. As you can see from the picture below it was cloudy when I went, however the view from the mountains was still stunning.
Tip: the queue for hiring equipment can take a while so I recommend arriving for as soon as the resort opens. We arrived further into the day and were stood in the queue for over an hour! However, we did also go on a weekend so during the week may be a little quieter!
Going through Glencoe has to be one of my favourite places to drive through. Whether you go through on a foggy day and it’s all eery or if you go through in the sunshine, it’s still beautiful. There are multiple places to pull in along the way to either capture the moment or just to admire the view in person. One of the bridges along the way has started to become a popular place for people to add a padlock with their names on and then they throw the key into the waterfall behind. Additionally, if you are keen on walking there are multiple hiking routes you could partake in, and why not get a closer view!