Easter weekend is a magical time of year in Glencoe! Whether you’re planning on celebrating the great outdoors, the resurrection of Jesus, or just the fact that it’s completely acceptable to eat as much chocolate as you can handle, we thought we would compile eight eggstraordinary things to do in Glencoe this Easter.
Take a Spring Walk
There’s nothing lovelier than watching infant leaves burst out of their chrysalis-like buds and unfurl in the spring sunshine! You can do this from the bubbling depths of a RiverBed hot tub, but we highly recommend tearing yourself away from the tub and taking a walk around Glencoe Lochan. The woodlands that surround the lochan are nothing short of magical!
Go Back in Time
Glencoe Folk Museum will be reopening for the season on 1st April, and we couldn’t be more excited! This magnificent micro-museum is full to bursting with ancient artefacts, local history and interesting demonstrations. There’s also lots of lovely Easter activities over the holidays. The museum is squeezed into an original 18th century croft house, complete with thatched roof, and we recommend dedicating at least an hour of your itinerary to the museum.
Hit the Slopes!
With the warmth of the sun on our faces and the spring flowers bursting out all over the place, it’s easy to be tricked into believing that winter is over, and year after year, we fall for it! However, we all know that every now and again, the Highlands will get a huge dump of early April snow. Luckily for us, Glencoe Mountain Resort is just fifteen minutes away! Hire skis, sledges and equipment, hit the slopes or simply sip on a warming mulled wine in the mountain café. If spring prevails and we’re treated to a warm and sunny April, the Glencoe Mountain Resort also offers tubing and treasure hunts, which are great fun for all ages.
Hunt for an Egg
We highly recommend heading over to Glencoe National Nature Reserve, where you can partake in their annual eggstravaganza easter egg hunt where all age groups are encouraged to follow a trail to find hidden Easter clues. Once you’ve completed the challenge, you can head back to the Visitor Centre to claim your chocolate prize, get your face painted and enjoy lunch or a coffee in the café.
Embrace Tradition at an Easter Service
There are several Churches dotted around Ballachulish and Glencoe. All are wonderful to visit, and three of them will be holding Easter services on the big day.
St John’s Episcopal Church – Dawn Eucharist at 8am
St Mary’s Episcopal Church – Festival Eucharist with Holy Baptism at 11am
St Mun’s RC Church – Easter Service at 10am
On Saturday 8th and 23rd April, Dan Leaver of the Highland Larder will be cooking up a storm in the Woodlands kitchen with a West Coast inspired tapas menu. If you’re staying with us on either of these dates, you can enjoy your food alfresco by the fire pit on the terrace of your lodge. If you’re not staying with us, you can book a table in the Clubhouse. If you would like to book a table, please contact Paula at email@example.com.
Otherwise enjoy a traditional Easter Sunday roast at the Laroch Restaurant & Bar or Easter afternoon tea at the Ballachulish Hotel.
Dance off all that Chocolate!
On Saturday 8th April, you can drive or cycle over to the Clachaig Inn and dance your socks off to the sound of the Tweed Valley Ceilidh Band. If you still want more, head back to the Clachaig on Sunday 9th and enjoy an all-day open music session and some drinks.
The Woodlands Activity Centre will be open all weekend, so why not book in for a Segway tour of the Estate or try your hand at archery, laser clay shooting or golf?
You can also hire e-bikes! The National Cycle Route 78 (or more romantically – the Caledonia Way), wiggles its way right passed the Woodlands Estate, meaning you can cycle directly from your luxury lodge to the bustling town of Oban (30 miles away). Much of the track is built along the old Ballachulish to Oban railway line so the entire route is level and mostly off-road. Along the way, you’ll pass mirror-like lochs, ancient forests, medieval castles and plenty of great places to stop off, take in the view and enjoy something to eat