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hiking
27 days ago

Great hike that starts at Loch Achray parking lot. £3 for all day parking (there are other hikes in the area too) and you have to pay with coins.

Be warned: this is over 1100 ft elevation gain in just a mile. So it is STEEP. Pretty significant grades but the trail is in great condition and easy to follow and summit. We experienced rain and sun during the short hike with wildly changing temperatures as well due to wind.

Took is 31 minutes to summit and we spent 30 minutes at the top, 27 coming down. Lots of people in various fitness levels and small children and dogs.

Garmin Recording: https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/3096778698

hiking
1 month ago

A short but exhilarating walk up this big hill. Views at the top are stunning and easily the best in the area.

hiking
1 month ago

Well worth the short walk from Callander. Excellent waterfalls where you can get right in the middle of them.

walking
1 month ago

A super easy walk to the castle from the road on a rock path. There will be farm animals but they just hope you’ll share food and pose no real danger. Exploring around the castle can be a bit muddy but on the path you’re good to go.

hiking
2 months ago

Gorgeous short hike for a taste of Glencoe.

Easy route to follow as it's on a ridge. No difficulties by Alpine standards but the rock can get slippy in wet conditions. Best done from East to West - avoid coming off early at Clachaig gully as it is not a pleasant descent. Take plenty of water on a hot day as there is nowhere to top up.
As with any mountain route weather can change the level of difficulty.

Challenging hike due to rugged, steep terrain and difficulty locating trail. Absolutely gorgeous 360 views from the top, so totally worth the extra push through the rocks on the top.

hiking
2 months ago

This was a breathtaking hike. The best way to describe it is a hybrid between a walk up to the Jedi temple and a scene from the Lord of the Rings. My boyfriend and I (both 28 and decently regular hikers from Colorado, USA) made it to the top of the water fall in 2:30 hours hiking at a comfortable pace. We encountered two rain showers so pack rain gear that will keep you dry enough. We made it with just wind breakers. And don’t be scared off by the rain unless there is thunder (which we never heard). If we would have turned back at rain we would have missed 3/4 of the gorgeous hike. Amazing. Pictures do it no justice.

The views at the top were unbelievable, but the way up, and especially the way down, were treacherous. Of note, we did the loop to return, not the out and back. On the way up, it’s consistently steep, the footing is loose and rocky, and the trail is not marked at all. On the way down, the terrain is challenging (wet slippery rocks; loose and rocky; covered in greenery so difficult to tell how deep your step will land). The trail down is also not marked, so it’s easy to lose. I would rate this hike as difficult/hard, although the length is moderate. It took us 4 hours round trip (with a 20-minute stop at the top).

2 months ago

Short and steep... Fantastic views

Nice easy walk. Some nice valley scenery along the way to the falls.

hiking
3 months ago

Breathtaking views, nice gentle hike.

Beautiful, rigorous, thrilling trail, with extensive scrambling.
Those without some climbing, or rout finding experience need not apply. Wet conditions add to the thrill, difficulty, and risk of serious mechanical injury and or death. Nice weather reduces these risks but does not eliminate them. Keep in mind you are in Scotland and mountain weather can change swiftly.
Those who push through will be rewarded with an experience of a lifetime.

walking
3 months ago

Very good walk and very simple, perfect for family’s

4 months ago

First time good views from top

This trail is rated as moderate because of its length; it is by no means a moderate ascent. Be in good shape and prepare for a challenging but doable rock scramble to reach the top. Views are definitely worth the ascent and scramble. The descent is hard, steep and footing is tricky. We had rare sunny weather in Glencoe. Quite an amazing experience.

Amazing view from the top! Difficult scrambling over some loose rock but totally worth it to go all the way to the top and get that 360 view.

hiking
4 months ago

Very nice walk in the forest. We made it with two little childs and it was fine.
The path is well marked and some of the views are just amazing.

This was one of the best hikes I’ve ever done. Tremendous views starting from the ground level and changing as you go up. The 360 degree views at the summit are well worth the effort.
Be warned this is a difficult climb. My traveling companions had to turn around halfway.
A little way up the trail, you’ll have the option to turn right and cross a bridge, taking you up a path that’s a little less steep, but not necessarily easier because it’s less direct. Each path offers different interesting scenery. It is possible to go up one way and down the other (essentially a loop), since the two trails meet at the summit.

Brilliant walk nothing to hard I took my gran and grandpa on it both in there 80s

hiking
5 months ago

Excellent walk, mostly uphill but the view at the top is fantastic.

hiking
5 months ago

amazing walk the views are awesome.

Easy 1.5 miles from the trailhead to the falls and back. Beautiful forest and lovely water.

The Whangie is a place I go to regularly as it is only 45 mins from home. A short mile or so walk on a gentle gradient from the Queens view car park and you will come to the Whangie it’s self. A surreal place like some set from Lord Of The Rings, it is the product of glacial plucking although Legend tells of a meeting between the Devil and Witches and Warlocks in the nearby village of Carbeth and when the meeting was over the Devil flew over Auchinneden Hill and with one swipe of his tail the Whangie was made. This is the story I prefer.
Once through the Whangie you can come around the front and watch some climbers or have a boulder around yourself (very busy in the summer) or continue around the hill gaining height gently until you get to the trig point on top of the hill. Views are spectacular on a clear day with a panorama of the Arrocher Alps and Loch Lomond to the north or the City Of Glasgow and beyond to the south. Once taken in there are two routes back down to the car park, the top traverse along the hill is best as the lower path takes you back on the track already trodden.
No comments on terrain as this is Scotland, wear boots !
Once back to the car short drive down the road to Finnich Glen and there is a short walk and down some steep steps to the devils pulpit which is well worth a pit stop.

6 months ago

A good trail leads up to this pretty valley up away from the crowds of Glen Coe. Be warned this is very much a mountain environment - too many appear up here with out map/compass and in inappropriate foot wear. If it rains the trail is much harder to follow: the rocks and river can become quite treacherous.

hiking
6 months ago

A great outing in summer or winter.

In summer good scrambling skills will see you over the worst and on a dry day most will have a lot of fun. The rock can be iffy in the wet and it’s certainly not a place for those with little experience to be taking themselves.

Winter is little different- an experienced pair will pitch very little and be off the mountain by lunch. If you’re less experienced this can be significantly longer and the ridge is the scene for many an epic!

Moderately technical with a fair amount of loose rock. The incline is moderate but the part that’s hard is your footing on the way down. Make sure you have the proper gear. Phenomenal views. Took us about 2.5 hrs up and back.

Nice trail walk to the Bracklinn Falls.

hiking
Wednesday, October 18, 2017

This was an amazing stop and a highlight of my Highlands tour many years ago. Just east of Glencoe village, this area is remarkably rugged and beautiful. I stopped at an overlook near The Three Sisters, hiking down a short distance to the River Coe, and then part of the way up into the Lost Valley. I truly hope to get back to this special place one day so I can experience it again and explore it more thoroughly!

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