Glencoe Holiday Week

Right Folks, get yourself a fresh cuppa, a glass of something tall and cool or your favourite tipple and be prepared to be bored enthralled with hundreds some of the very best of the pictures I took from our Glencoe holiday week, last week.

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Lynne and I had a wee caravan (actually it would have slept four so it was pretty big) here. The holiday was so good that Lynne decided she wanted to live there forever. This dream was only shattered by me pointing out (me killjoy) the realities that we had no jobs there and it would be a long way for people to come to visit us. However what actually clinched our returning home together was Lynne’s discovering that Facebook wasn’t always accessible due to the dodgy mobile phone signal….. 😉

…..and so to the pictures. 😀

Lynne at Invercoe Sign

We had a fantastic drive from Glasgow, in stunning weather, on the Saturday at the start of our holiday adventures. Our holiday caravan park was situated in the picturesque village of Invercoe, which is basically a stone’s throw away from the village of Glencoe itself.

Village of Glencoe

You can see a few of the houses of Glencoe village here (as well as some cattle) and the towering mountains of the actual western entrance of the Glen in the background.

Daylight view down Loch Leven

Turning round from the previous view, this is Loch Leven, which is a tidal sea loch (tide is out here) and much of our seafood platter which you can see in this post here is from this loch.

Sun setting view down Loch Leven

We went for a drink in the local Glencoe Inn on this, our first day and this is the same view looking westwards out over Loch Leven with the sun setting.

Walking up from Kinlochleven

Sunday was a dry day, albeit pretty grey. So with it being dry, and Scotland’s weather prone to change at the drop of a hat we decided to walk up part of the West Highland Way from the village of Kinlochleven to the Devils Staircase.

Hydro Electric Pumping House

There’s loads of Hydro Electric schemes in Scotland (we do make good use of so much rain) and we pass by this top level pumping station which channels water in 6 huge pipes down to the turbine station at Kinlochleven.

Military Road

There are many roads and paths over the hills in Scotland. Some are ancient paths where cattle would have be driven on these to market, known as “drover’s roads”. Other paths were built for military purposes in the 1700’s so soldiers could quickly march to quell any highland uprisings of the Clans, known as “Wade’s roads” as they were built by General Wade. This part of the West Highland Way is an old military road.

Lynne walking up

This is Lynne’s first walk on any part of the West Highland Way, we hope to do the whole 96 miles together one day, I’ve done it previously, so here she is checking out the way for future.

Me looking down to Lynne

The view here is looking North East. Hidden behind all the mountains and clouds is Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain.

Lynne sitting on rock

We take a breather here, not for long though, because it still is pretty cold, although most of the winter snow has melted, except for on the tops on the mountains.

View down path to Kinlochleven

Walking back down the path you can just about make out, over the lip of the hill in the centre of the photograph the village of Kinlochleven where we started.

Neptunes Staircase

On Monday we took a trip into Fort William to get some provisions in (wine mainly 😉 ) for the caravan. And we had a bit of a wander about. Fort William is the largest town in the area and also the start of the Caledonian Canal to Inverness, of which these lock gates form Neptunes Staircase at the start, leading in from the sea loch, Loch Linnhe.

Boat for hire

You can hire canal boats to live in as you travel the length of the canal which takes 2.5 days minimum. The scenery is stunning though so you’d probably want to take at least a week!

Fishing vessel

The canal is still used commercially too by fishermen and sailors who want to avoid the lengthy passage around the top of Scotland to get to Inverness.

Ben Nevis in the clouds

Ben Nevis is hidden again in these clouds! We weren’t to be lucky enough to see it on this holiday. However, plans may be afoot to tackle it sometime this year with some friends of ours.

Lynne at start of Lochan Walk

Tuesday, we planned to eat that whole seafood platter you can see here, so in the morning we decided we had better do plenty of walking to build up our appetites.

Lynne on forest path

There’s an abundance of forest walks too around the area of Glencoe, not just mountain walking, so we set out to explore these.

Forest Path

This particular forest path actually leads to a lochan which was built by the owner of the estate at the turn of the 19th century for his homesick Canadian wife. To remind her of home!

Lynne hiding behind a tree

Ok can anyone see Lynne? I seem to have lost her…….. 😆

Pap of Glencoe reflection in lochan water

Here we arrive at that Lochan I mentioned and the mountain you see is the “Pap of Glencoe” a small but distinctive mountain beside Glencoe village.

Me at Lochan

And just to prove that I am actually on this holiday too, I tentatively hand Lynne my precious camera for a few nano seconds…..

Ducks swimming away

There is apparently an abundance of wildlife within this forest. Deer, red squirrels, pine martins and golden eagles are to be seen. Well I’m afraid all we did see nature wise was these 2 ducks. Even then, they decided to swim away from me. I’ve always had that effect on birds………

Beinn na Caillich

Wednesday was an absolutely stunning day! We decided to walk a part of the other side of the West Highland Way from Kinochleven to Fort William. It’s a pretty steep climb out of Kinlochleven until you get up into the Glen where you get this stunning view of beinn na caillich.

Tigh na sleubhaich ruined barn

Again this road is an old military road and years ago these ruins were inhabited by crofters trying to eke out a living on the really poor land. No one lives here now.

Tigh na sleubhaich ruined cottage

We stopped at this ruin, tigh na sleubhaich for lunch before heading back to Kinlochleven. It’s about halfway along the Glen.

Pathway back to Kinlochleven

It’s a long walk back to Kinlochleven but on a good path and with the sun in the sky, it’s just magical.

Top of decent to Kinlochleven

At the top of the decent back down to Kinlochleven you can see where we climbed up on Sunday, directly opposite on the other part of the West Highland Way. You can also just make out the pipes of the hydroelectric scheme descending to the turbine house.

Thursday was an easy day, in preparation for a visit to my favourite restaurant ever, again food photographs here. It just wasn’t worth getting the camera out so we took a trip through to Spean Bridge for coffee in the morning and ambled about until food time.

Red Squirrel Campsite Sign

Our final day, Friday was still a bit wet but it wouldn’t have done to sit about so we decided to walk the Glencoe Orbital Track, seen here behind the sign to the Red Squirrel Campsite. I’ve camped here many times over the last 20 years. I’ve never once seen a Red Squirrel. Think I should ask for my money back, or sue them under the Trades Descriptions act?

Clachaig sign Aonach Dubh

The track takes the old Glencoe road and rather conveniently leads you to the entrance of the iconic Clachaig Inn which is the signpost in this photograph with the face of Aonach Dubh towering above the Glen. The Clachaig Inn is again another place I’ve frequented when camping here. You’re always guaranteed a warm fire and a decent pint here, whatever time of year. 😀

Bridge over river Coe

Unfortunately the Orbital path isn’t finished yet so after a further forest walk and view eastwards through Glencoe from a bridge over the river Coe, this is as far as we can get.

Rainbow from the gathering place

This was a rather nice event to end our last day. A pint at The Gathering Place before we headed back to our caravan to get ready for our last evenings dinner at the Glencoe Hotel. Oh and the rainbow was a rather nice touch too.

I hope you enjoyed looking at my pictures, if you’d like to see more please click here.

I know I’m really lucky to live just over 2 hours driving time away from this amazing place. But there’s so much more of this I want to show you……..

Finally today as its Thursday you know I like to link up with Amanda at Running with Spoons to share with you what’s going on over there!

Take care for now and I’ll catch up with you either Sunday or Monday, as it’s the Easter weekend here, so have a good one yourself. Whatever you’re doing. 😀

Comments

  1. Wow. There just aren’t words for the incredible drama of nature. Even with more “drab” colors, the landscape has just so much expression, such a nostalgic and reflective and historic quality, that you just have to pause like Lynne and take it in.
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    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      That’s exactly how I feel when I’m out in the mountains Susie. All nostalgic and reflective.

      And I’m really delighted that you feel that sense of tranquility through just looking at the pictures. Thank you! 😀

  2. I just loved looking at your pictures! They are truly awesome but I can’t imagine seeing these first hand! Looks like yall had a great trip! Thank you for sharing!
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    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      So glad you enjoyed the pictures Tricia, thanks for taking the time to pop over to my blog! 😀

  3. I’m the same way as Lynne when I visit somewhere incredible — I want to drop everything and just move there. Shoddy wifi is definitely a deal breaker, though 😉 Gorgeous pictures, Neal! You know how obsessed I am with mountains and forests, so places like that feel just like home 🙂
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    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      Thanks Amanda. 😀

      Yeah, I think I’m a bit more practical in these cases, it’s not that I wouldn’t want to move there, but maybe I see ourselves gradually working our way there by working hard, saving our pennies and then getting there!

      Hopefully by that time the wifi might be better too. 😉 But that is a frustrating thing we take for granted sometimes isn’t it? I remember reading how frustrated you get when you’re in your Canadian mountains and the wifi isn’t reliable there either. 🙂

  4. Just breath-taking!!!

    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      Thanks for checking through my pictures and your comment Tamieka, I’m glad you enjoyed them. 🙂

  5. You take such amazing photos! My mother in law lives near Fort William, we’re headed up there next weekend! It is so beautiful! I haven’t been to Glencoe yet, though! It is lovely to live so close to such humbling and beautiful natural delights, isn’t it? 🙂
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    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      Thanks Erin, I’m delighted you like my photo’s. And yes, I’m so jealous that your mother in law lives near Fort William AND you’re headed up there next weekend! I LOVE that part of the world. I’d happily go back there right now! 😀

  6. Great pics! We lived in Inverness for 5 years and it’s amazing how rural that can feel when you stay for longer than a holiday! Ha ha!
    Off for a wonder up Conic Hill tomorrow – just looking forward to some fresh air and tranquility!
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    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      Hi Jen, thanks for the compliment about my pics. 😀

      I’m ashamed that I’ve only ever driven through Inverness. However, it’s not completely my fault, as one year I booked a hotel there for Lynne’s birthday but her birthday is December and the weather was particularly bad, all the trains were off and the A9 was blocked! So we had to cancel!! 🙁 We will get there one day though!

      Ah, Conic Hill, that’s a good one. 🙂 I enjoyed climbing that on my way down the West Highland Way a couple of years ago. Quite bracing if it’s windy though eh?

      Have a great weekend yourself and enjoy the fresh air and tranquility!

  7. That rainbow shot is spectacular! I love seeing the scenery and your pictures make me want to go visit. I’m very impressed by all of the water conservation systems, too…the U.S. needs to get on that a little more!
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    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      I couldn’t believe how close we were to that rainbow Meg and literally had to grab the camera before it went!

      We have so much water. But we don’t just take this for granted. We either make hydro electric power out of it. Drink it. Make whisky out of it. Make recreation parks out of it. Or bottle it and sell it to the rest of the world. 😉

      If you ever get the chance to visit here, Lynne and I would be delighted to show you guys around! 😀

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