6 wondrous walks in Glencoe

Discover six of our favourite walking routes near Woodlands Glencoe

Discover six wondrous walks in Glencoe

Woodlands Glencoe is a true hiking enthusiast’s paradise!  Picture the scene.  You arrive back at your luxury lodge after a day on the hills to discover a bubbling private hot tub and a chilled bottle of fizz awaiting your arrival!  Submerge yourself in the hot bubbles and prepare to plan tomorrow’s hike. 

If you’re an outdoor lover, then you’re going to be in your element amidst the glen’s rugged landscapes, dramatic peaks and tranquil lochs. Whether you’re seeking a challenging hike or a leisurely stroll, Glencoe has something to offer for all. Here’s a handy guide to some of our favourite walking spots within a hop, skip and a jump of RiverBeds & SeaBeds Luxury Lodges.

The Lost Valley (Coire Gabhail)

For a walk that combines mystery and history, you should definitely consider heading to the Lost Valley. This hidden valley was historically used by the Macdonald clan to hide their cattle from raiders. The walk begins at the carpark in Glencoe and involves some scrambling and crossing a stream, making it moderately challenging. As you ascend, you’ll be rewarded with views of towering cliffs and a sense of adventure as you enter the secluded valley.

Length: 2.5 miles 
Time: 2-3 hours

Pap of Glencoe (Sgorr na Ciche)

For panoramic views that will take your breath away, the Pap of Glencoe is a must-do. This distinctive peak rises prominently above the village of Glencoe and can be seen from the Woodlands Estate. The walk offers sweeping vistas of Loch Leven, the Aonach Eagach ridge, and beyond. The climb is steep and can be challenging, especially in wet conditions, but the 360-degree views from the summit are more than worth the effort.

Length: 4 miles 
Time: 3-4 hours

Glencoe Lochan

If you’re looking for a more relaxed walk, Glencoe Lochan provides a serene and picturesque setting. Created by Lord Strathcona in the late 19th century, this woodland wander offers easy paths around the lochan with stunning reflections of the surrounding mountains. The area is rich in wildlife, and you may spot otters, deer, and various bird species as you wander through the peaceful forest.

Length: 1.25 miles circular
Time: 1 hour

A couple enjoys one of the many wonderful walks in Glencoe.
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The Devil’s Staircase

Part of the West Highland Way, the Devil’s Staircase is a historic and scenic route that climbs steeply from Altnafeadh to a high point offering expansive views. Despite its ominous name, the walk is well-marked and relatively straightforward, making it accessible to most walkers. On a clear day, you can see as far as Ben Nevis, the highest peak in the UK.

Length: 5.6 miles
Time: 3-4 hours

Buachaille Etive Mor

For experienced hikers seeking a challenge, Buachaille Etive Mor is one of Scotland’s most iconic mountains. The classic route begins at Altnafeadh and ascends via Coire na Tulaich, leading to the Munro summit of Stob Dearg. The climb is steep and requires good fitness and navigational skills, but the reward is an unforgettable experience and awe-inspiring views from the summit.

Length: 6.2 miles
Time: 6-8 hours

Signal Rock and An Torr

Ideal for a family outing, the Signal Rock and An Torr walk is steeped in history and folklore. Legend has it that Signal Rock was used as a gathering point for the Macdonald clan before the Glencoe Massacre in 1692. The trail is short and easy, leading through beautiful woodland to the rock, where you can reflect on the area’s rich history.

Length: 1.9 miles
Time: 1-2 hours

Tips for Walking in Glencoe

Weather:  The weather in the Highlands can change rapidly.  Always check the forecast and be prepared for all conditions.

Gear: Wear sturdy, waterproof boots and bring layers, including a waterproof jacket. Walking poles can be helpful on steep and uneven terrain.

Navigation: Carry a map and compass, and consider a GPS device or app. Some trails are well-marked, but others, especially in poor visibility, can be challenging to follow.

Safety: Let someone know your plans and estimated return time. Mobile phone coverage can be patchy, so having a plan for emergencies is crucial.

Respect the Environment: Follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code by leaving no trace, taking your litter with you, and being mindful of wildlife and livestock.

Glencoe’s dramatic landscapes and rich history make it a truly magical place to explore on foot. Whether you’re climbing its majestic peaks or strolling through serene woodlands, each walk offers a unique perspective on this awe-inspiring region. Lace up your boots and discover the best walking spots in Glencoe – you won’t be disappointed!

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