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Glen Coe and Glen Coe Visitor Centre 

Glen Coe (valley of Weeping) is breathtakingly beautiful and the best known of the Highland glens, a spectacular mountain valley lying between velvety-green conical peaks, their tops often wreathed in cloud, their flanks streaked by cascades of rock and scree.
 
In 1692 it was the site of a notorious massacre, in which the MacDonalds were victims of a long standing government desire to suppress the clans. When clan chief Alastair MacDonald missed the deadline of January 1, 1692, to sign an oath of allegiance to William III, a plot was hatched to make an example of them. Campbell of Glenlyon was ordered to billet his soldiers in the homes of the MacDonalds, who for ten days entertained them with traditional Highland hospitality. In the early morning of February 13, the soldiers turned on their hosts, slaying between 38 and 45, and causing more than three hundred to flee in a blizzard.
 
Beyond the small village of Glencoe at the western end of the glen, the glen itself is virtually uninhabited, and provides outstanding climbing and walking. A mile south of the village, the NTS visitor centre is an interesting eco-friendly building, where you'll find a good exhibition with a balanced account of the massacre alongside some entertaining material on rock and hill-climbing down the years.
 
Informative ranger-led guided walks (Easter and June to September) leave from the centre, while a cabin area provides information on the local weather and wildlife, and a cafe sells good cakes. 
 
Glen Coe Visitor Centre 
With exciting interactive displays and activities for both adults and children. ‘Living on The Edge’ explores the landscape, wildlife and history of Glencoe.  Find out what it feels like to climb on ice, discover how the glen was formed, and try your hand at solving conservation issues. Follow the history of the famous massacre of Glencoe with a 15 minute video presentation. Additional audio historical information in 6 languages, another two video presentations, plus a free activity book for children is all part of a fun visit!

Glen Coe Visitor Centre Address:
Glencoe Visitor Centre
Glencoe
PH49 4HX
Scotland, UK

Glen Coe Visitor Centre Opening Times:
1st February to Easter, Thursday to Sunday 10.00 am to 4.00 pm
Easter to 31st August, daily 9.30 am to 5.30 pm
1st September to 31st October, daily 10.00 am to 5.00 pm
1st November to 20th December and 27the December to 31st December, Thursday to Sunday 10.00 am to 4.00 pm
 
Closed, 21st to 26th December and 1st to 31st January
Last entry to the exhibition is 30 minutes before closing

Glen Coe Visitor Centre Admission:
Adult £5.50
Child £4.50 (includes free fun guide)
Concession £4.50
Family £15.00
One parent family £10.00
NTS/NT members Free
 
Group discounts available - booking required (minimum 20) £3.00 adult, £1.00 under 16 years
Please call +44 (0)1855 811307 for further information

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