Glencoe is the name of a mountainous region bordering on Loch Leven and the River Coe. Glencoe village, as it has come to be called in the last twenty years or so, is situated within this region. It is actually within County Argyll, but considered to be a part of the highland region. Glencoe village has a long and distinguished history.
Situated on the site of the Glencoe Massacre which took place in the late seventeenth century when the Campbells massacred the McDonald’s under the orders of then King William III, The village is surrounded by some of the most pristinely beautiful highland hills in the region. Many people visit the area each year to enjoy hiking the hills and doing some serious rock climbing.
Many people do not realize it, but they have seen this region in many films, most notable would be “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” where it is depicted as home to the lovable gamekeeper, Hagrid. Ian Fleming also mentioned Glencoe in his short bio of the character, James Bond, as being the home of Bond’s father.
There are several bed and breakfast establishments in the village, along with some fine eating establishments and a historical museum where one can learn about the Glencoe massacre and other events in the area. There is a mountain rescue squad stationed there due to the number of climbers in the area. The one hospital does not, however, offer emergency services. The nearest Emergency Room is located in Fort William.
For those seeking a quiet, private holiday, there are several chalets available for rental and one very nice inn. This is an excellent area to simply get away from the normal bustle of city life and spend some time walking the highlands of Scotland in an effort to revitalize the mind and spirit.