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Dramatic mountains reflected in a still lochan

Glencoe Lochan

A place for reflection

Just outside Glencoe village you’ll find an exquisite wood around a lochan with a backdrop of pointed mountains. The trails wind through a landscape planted with North American trees by Lord Strathcona in the 1890s – he hoped they would comfort his homesick Canadian wife.

Download our guide to the forests around Fort William (PDF 6.9MB) to explore the area.


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Have a rest

You’ll find public toilets and places to eat in Glencoe village.

Walking trails


Cycling trails


Mountain biking trails


Start your Glencoe adventure

Glencoe Lochan is a good starting point for exploring more of Scotland’s most famous glen. The Glencoe orbital route is designed for gentle cycling, using quiet roads and cycle tracks to take you right round the glen. You can join it at the bottom of the drive leading to the lochan car park – look for the blue cycle route signs.

You could also use the forest as a starting point for a trip up the Pap of Glencoe. There are superb views from the top, but this is a demanding mountain route: check our advice about hillwalking before you set off.

Contact: Lochaber Forest District

Address: Torlundy, Fort William

Postcode: PH33 6SW

Telephone: 0300 067 6870

Email: lochaber@forestry.gsi.gov.uk


How to get here

Head east through the centre of Glencoe village and over the hump-back bridge. The entrance to Glencoe Lochan is on the left just after the bridge. The car park is at grid reference NN 104 593.

Using SatNav?

PH49 4HT is the nearest postcode.

Public transport

You’ll find details of public transport to Glencoe at Traveline Scotland.

Nearby places

At Ballachulish, just down the road, you can explore a forest above a dramatic quarry.


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