Our Glencoe walks
Blackrock to Ba Cottage and back
On the first walk of our long weekend in Glencoe, we started at Blackrock Cottage (which belongs to the Scottish Ladies Mountaineering Club, as discussed in my last post) and set off along an old military road from the 1750s (in reality, a boggy path) which eventually met the West Highland Way at the lonely ruin of Ba Cottage. We returned along the Way meeting few other people – it’s a very popular long distance footpath, but as Kingshouse, where we were staying, is usually one of the overnight stops most walkers would not reach it till much later in the day. The scenery was spectacular.
A short walk around a small lochan just outside Glencoe Village. I cannot divulge whether we obeyed the instruction on the sign!
An Torr and Signal Rock
Our route started at Loch Achtriochtan before following the River Coe to the woodland of An Torr (Gaelic for Rocky Hill) and Signal Rock. We then followed paths through the woods before returning on a minor road on the other side of the River Coe, with fine views of the spectacular serrated ridge of Aonoch Eagach. Unexpectedly, the cascading river was a highlight and Signal Rock was a disappointment. Said (without definitive evidence) to be the place where the infamous Glencoe Massacre started in 1692, our guidebook promised good views. However, we saw mostly trees and I think there has been a lot of growth since the information board in the gallery below was created (click to enlarge). On returning to Loch Achtriochtan we were amused by the Hairy Coo tour bus in the carpark.
Glencoe Woodland Walk
This was a short trail from the Glencoe Visitor Centre which took us past a recently built replica of a 17th century turf house, as well as having excellent views of the surrounding mountains.
With a couple of hours to fill on our last afternoon, we drove down Glen Etive to the Loch and had a short walk there. Quite stunning!
We were very lucky to have this beautiful weekend in March. It was still quite cold as you can see by our attire – I occasionally ditched the jacket, but never the fleece – but it was dry and it was sunny and we were able to pack so much in. We loved it.
Linked to Jo’s Monday Walk.