Glencoe Buachaiile Etive Mor and its reflection

Glencoe, Glen Etive, Rannoch Moor and Glen Orchy

Not to be missed is the spectacular drive through Glencoe (the glen of weeping), amazing whatever the weather. With plenty of parking areas for photography or just admiring. The Three Sisters on the south side and Aonach Eagach ridge on the north side of the pass make the journey through it quite an experience. Both sides of the pass provide challenging walks and climbs.  The Aonach Eagach is one of the narrowest ridges on the British mainland, not for the faint hearted.  Opposite is the Lost Valley Coire Gabhail, reputedly the hidden valley where the Macdonalds hid their rustled cattle. This is a very popular hike with our guests (we've not done it), it can be tough with a rocky and steep terrain.  Suitable walking gear and planning is highly recommended. The Walkhighlands website will help your planning.

A favourite of ours is the drive down Glen Etive. This is a twelve mile single track road, known as the road to nowhere, with plenty of passing places, to the head of Loch Etive. Mad kayakers and deer are often spotted. You may recognise the road from the film Skyfall.

Beyond Glencoe is Rannoch Moor which is a great wilderness and can look very eerie on a misty day.  The moor is an expanse of around 50 square miles of a boggy moorland.

Just beyond is the Glen Orchy Hotel  and a few 100 metres along is the turning to Glen Orchy which is a pretty drive.

If you'd like a short detour there is a road immediately before the Glen Orchy Hotel which takes you along the shore of Loch Tulla, you'll need to come back the same way and be on the look out for West Highland Way walkers.

From the end of Glen Orchy you can either turn left to Tyndrum or turn right and visit Oban.