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Glencoe is a village in the Highlands of Scotland, 93 miles northwest of Glasgow, 16 miles south of Fort William.

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The glen of Glen Coe starts in the east at the 3,365ft Meall a BhÚiridh mountain where the Glencoe Mountain Resort is situated. The glen runs 13 miles west to Glencoe Village, through scenic mountains with 10 over 3,000ft.

The Glencoe Mountain Resort has a cafe at the car park, and another named The Eagles Rest up on the mountain at 2,200ft, reached by the chair lift, a popular visitor attraction with great views. The resort has all year activities.

The image second top is of the largest of the many car parks along Glen Coe at the mountains referred to as The Three Sisters. There is a large cairn here giving information on the mountains, a popular spot for the many tour buses.

The highest of the three mountains is the 3,770ft Bidean nam Bian. As well as hiking or climbing the highest mountains, there are a few well marked walks down glens between the mountains.

Signal Rock is a popular walk from a fairly large car park about 3 miles east of Glencoe village. This is the area where the signal was given to the Campbell's to begin the Glencoe Massacre.

The Glencoe Visitor Centre is situated about 2 miles east of Glencoe village. The centre gives information on the area from AD 300 up to the present day. The centre also has a viewing area, walks, cafe and shop.

Glencoe village has a large car park on its west side, next to a Craft Shop with a cafe. Next to the craft shop is the Glencoe Studio Gallery.

In the village centre is the Glencoe Inn with a restaurant and beer garden. The Inn has views down Loch Leven.

Also in the village centre, by the Inn, is the Glencoe Mountain Rescue base. The main street in Glencoe runs up past the Mountain Rescue to the Church, Folk Museum, and Glencoe Massacre Memorial. Large Image.

The pointy mountain at Glencoe village is the 2,434ft Pap of Glencoe, a popular hike from the village.

Saint Mary's Church is situated about half way up the main street in Glencoe. The church was completed in 1880 to designs of Alexander Ross.

The Glencoe Folk Museum is situated close to the church, giving information on local life, industry, and has displays of artifacts and costumes.

At the end of the main street, just before a bridge, is the Glencoe War Memorial. The single lane Upper Carnoch road leads from the War Memorial to the Glencoe Massacre Memorial, about 300 yards between the two memorials.

Be careful not to walk past the massacre memorial in summer, as it is surrounded with trees.

The Massacre of Glencoe took place on the 13th February 1692 with 38 MacDonald's killed by 120 government troops of the Earl of Argyll's Regiment, led by Captain Robert Campbell.

The Earl of Argyll's Regiment was based at Fort William, mainly made up of Highlanders, some of which were Campbell's.

The MacDonald's had been part of the failed Jacobite rising, and believed they had been pardoned by the king after the rising, along with most other clans that fought on the Jacobite side.

Most Campbell's fought on the Government side during the Jacobite Risings.

Reason for the massacre is claimed to have been:

The Campbell's had been feuding with the MacDonald's for centuries. Some sources claim they were responsible for convincing the crown the MacDonald's should not be pardoned. The Cambell's claimed the MacDonald's should be cleared from the area, as they were Jacobite's with no allegiance to the king.

The image bottom is of the seating area in Glencoe centre looking down Loch Leven. This is another area with extremely scenic roads, one running up to Fort William, and another down to Oban, following the banks of Loch Leven and Loch Linnhe.

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