Glencoe and the Kingshouse
In March we had a wonderful long weekend at the Kingshouse Hotel in Glencoe. As you can see (above) the weather was magnificent, which was a joy after the horrible journey north – rain, hail, poor visibilty, the lot. The pictures below don’t make the weather look awful enough – admittedly it was dry at this point, but it was incredibly cold with a wind that cut to the bone and almost prevented me standing upright. They were taken at a viewpoint on the A82 overlooking Loch Tulla with its Munro Memorial Cairn, built in 2000 and dedicated to the hundreds of lives lost climbing Scotland’s mountains. It also commemorates Sir Hugh Munro who died in 1919 – he published the Munro Tables of all Scottish peaks over 3000 feet, and Munro bagging is a popular sport to this day. Not for me – I’m happy to walk at low level and admire the peaks by looking up.
I soon forgot the weather when we got to our room and discovered the welcome pack. Slainte!
And how amazing to open the curtains in the morning to this view from the bedroom window.
There was enough beauty just wandering the hotel grounds – and keeping out of the way of the resident deer. Despite notices warning you not to feed them, it was obvious people had because they always approached humans hopefully. We saw one person who ventured too close getting butted, so once John had got his photographs we backed off.
As you can see from the gallery above, the hotel has been “extended” in recent years – more truthfully, it has been rebuilt with the old (18th century) hotel still tacked on the end. Now a bar, it was in use for a wedding while we were there, so we couldn’t see inside – but externally it hasn’t changed much over the years. Here it is today compared to the same spot in 1911 with the Ladies Scottish Climbing Club, taken from a display board in the Glencoe Visitor Centre.
Not far from the hotel is Blackrock Cottage, home to the LSCC since 1947. It lies at the entrance to Glencoe at the foot of Meall a’Bhuiridh, and claims to be one of Scotland’s most photographed cottages. I can see why!
If you want to know more about the LSCC, which I found fascinating, zoom into some of the other Visitor Centre display boards about them below.