Camping at Glencoe is always something I look forward to, waking up and looking out of my tent gives me inspiration to get out and start a days adventure within this stunning area of the Scottish highlands.
Campsites in Glencoe
Each year I go camping for a long weekend at Glencoe and I usually stay in the Red Squirrel campsite between the Clachaig Inn and Glencoe Village, it’s an ideal location to give me the wilderness of Scotland and local amenities at the same time. Set within a wooded area next to the river and close to the wonderful Valley of Glencoe with its giant mountains there is always something to look forward to.
One of the main reasons I stay in this location is the ability to do so much in a weekend without travelling to far, top of my list of things to do is the drive down Glen Etive a stunning road 12 miles long that takes you to a dead end and gives you the chance to enjoy it all again on the way back down the road. The Glen is one of the most stunning areas in Scotland with Plenty of rivers and mountain views starting with buachaille etive mor, the stunning mountain that stands guard at the gateway to Glen Etive, This road is a photographers dream with plenty of places to stop to take fantastic pictures, you will never fail to take a great picture here no matter what the weather is and every time I drive down this road I find something different, This drive is a must if you are staying near Glencoe.
Driving around Glencoe
Another drive I always like to do is the circuit around Loch leven starting from the Ballachulish bridge and driving towards Kinlochleven finishing back at Glencoe village, The road winds through some lovely scenic loch views and is a joy to drive twisting around till you reach the village of Kinlochleven. The village is home to the Ice factor where climbers gather to practice sheer ice wall climbing, even if you don’t do climbing yourself its always a nice place to call into for a Coffee to watch the climbers attempt the ice walls, there are also climbing walls for children and a great place to learn this activity if you want to try it yourself. You can also visit a small independent brewery here called River leven Ales located within the village where they produce traditional cask ales to the licensed trade. There are many other activities where you will find Kayaking, sailing and fishing to do as well as some excellent historical walks, kinlochleven is certainly somewhere worth stopping if you do this great drive.
In-between doing a few short drives in the area you always have Glencoe village close to where I camp, Glencoe may well be very popular as a base for walking, skiing and mountain climbing holidays, but there are also lots of other things to see and do It’s an excellent holiday location from which to partake in mountain biking, sailing, horse- riding, fishing, and also an excellent base to travel and explore the western highlands and islands of Scotland. If you prefer to simply just relax whilst on holiday, then you can take in and enjoy the scenery or visit the local shops and areas of historical interest. You can also visit the excellent Glencoe Visitor Centre and discover all about the history of this famous location.
Neighbouring Glen Coe you have the old mining village of Ballachulish world famous for its past slate industry. Close by to the village is the monument to James of the Glen, “hanged on this spot for a crime of which he was not guilty”. Robert Louis Stevenson written his novel Kidnapped based around the story of the Appin Murder. You can visit the Ballachulish slate quarry to see its grand cliffs carved into the landscape where the quarry was once a busy industrial site. Ballachulish is divided into North Ballachulish and South Ballachulish separated by the bridge that span’s the entrance between Loch leven and loch Linnhe, Just passed Ballachulish you then enter Onich a village that sits on the giant Sea Loch, Loch Linnhe, the road through this village will also take you to the Corran Ferry the gateway to Ardnamurchan point the most westerly part of mainland Scotland and further North to Fort William the outdoor capital of Scotland.
So as you can read a Long weekend camping in Glencoe can provide you with plenty to do over a few days all within reach of your campsite with little driving to do, and to finish off a great day you can take a walk from the campsite to the Clachaig Inn for a lovely drink and a meal and watch the night roll in over the Glencoe Mountains absolutely magical.