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Lost Valley is a 2.5 mile out and back trail located near Kinlochleven, Highland, Scotland that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and nature trips.

Length 2.5 mi Elevation gain 859 ft Route type Out & Back

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Running

River

Views

Waterfall

Muddy

Rocky

Scramble

Snow

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The Lost Valley, or Coire Gabhail, is a hidden valley that served as a cattle hiding place for the MacDonalds of Glen Coe, who escaped the 1692 massacre. The hike can be tough, with steep and often rocky terrain. Some mild scrambling is required. The dramatic landscape is worth the effort.

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Reviews (91)
Photos (106)
Recordings (71)
Completed (179)
Jorge Alvarez
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Nature tripsRockyScramble

beginner here with a meniscus injury, was able to complete it, just took it slow, amazing views

Gilles Colas
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HikingRockyScramble

Très agréable randonnée dans un paysage magnifique. La piste longe une jolie rivière et quelques chutes d’eau. Quelques passages un peu difficiles mais qu’on a réussi à passer avec mon fils de 5 ans.

Davina Thomson
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Hiking

Lost valley very apt as we went past the crossing so had to back track. Glad for our Proper hiking boots and poles. A feast for the eyes.

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Aiden Webster
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RunningRockyScramble

Fantastic trail, I ran it in shorts and t-shirt but for less experienced I would recommend potentially wearing hiking boots. An easy trail to follow and some truly spectacular views

Daniele Fleur
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HikingMuddyRocky

Beautiful all the way up and The Valley is amazing. Some parts can be a bit dangerous specially if it is raining. Definitely worth the climb.

Laetitia Gontier
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Hiking

Magnifique randonnée. Belles chutes d'eau et cascades. À ne pas manquer

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Eric Shontz
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Hiking

Late Nov 19. Do not attempt in Wet or icy conditions! Most of the trail is in great condition but there are a few show stoppers as it would be dangerously slippery which could result in serious injury/death. Recommend a thermal and shell for the accent, put pack a down jacket on the way down. Great historical hike as the MacDonalds escaped the 1692 massacre and their cattle in this valley. There are nice views of the Glencoe valley on the way up, and of the hidden valley but for the region it’s a solid 4

Luke Wadsworth
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HikingRockyScramble

Amazing hike, made it to the valley in good time so pushed on to the ridge above. Keep following the trail up to the saddle then you can summit Bidean Nam Bian if you're feeling fit (we weren't).

Sharon Shannon
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CampingIcyRockyScrambleSnow

I did this hike in mid November, intending to camp in the Lost Valley, however, I set off too late, forgetting that the sun sets early in Scotland in November. So I camped just below the waterfall, off the side of the path, against the mountain, of which, proved to be a good idea. After a night of sleet and wind (I had a good tent and sleeping bag, so remained warm and dry) I left my tent and hiked up to the valley, without any kit. It was a scramble over rocks and in some parts, a narrow rocky path with a steep gully to the side. I was glad I did not try this with a 30lb pack...it was not for me! However, I loved the walk and the camp. The valley was amazing, a lkace where Clan McDonald took refuge after the Glencoe masscre in 1692.

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Keith Packman
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Hiking

hiked today, the weather was good. well worth the climb

Sheila Judkins
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Hiking

Most amazing hike! A MUST do if you make it to Scotland. I will be returning without the kids and complainers to go further! Loved it!

Kirby Duncan
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Hiking

Superbe randonnée avec une vallée perdue éblouissante au lever de soleil. Je ne recommanderais cependant pas ce parcours aux enfants en dessous de 6 ou 7 ans... Surtout par temps de pluie. Nous l'avons fait un matin d'une journée où on à eu 28 degré et malgré tout certaines partie étaient glissante... Je n'ose imaginer par temps pluvieux !

Yael R.
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Hiking

Wonderful hike. Not too difficult for kids over 5 as well. Had a wonderful day. Try to avoid the rain for parts of it may be slippery.

Christian Guenther
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HikingRocky
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Spenser Russell
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Hiking

Great, peaceful hike. Beautiful tucked away valley!

Alexander Thompson
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HikingMuddyScramble

A nice quick hike up and back with some gorgeous views. I would recommend to the casual traveler looking for a nice morning activity on their trip along the west coast. The car park can get packed and would just caution to not expect a solitary hike. Have fun and enjoy the views.

Fredrik Uhr
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Hiking

Path all the way but suddenly it brakes into two different paths . You need to cross the river but there is no signs or anything and there is a path on the side you are already on which takes you nowhere. Very confusing and bad path making . Cross the stream when you come up to a little beach of sorts .

Randy Sims
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Beautiful, moderate hike. A few short rock scrambles that can be slippery. We camped in the valley overnight and surprisingly were the only people. Even at midnight, we could still appreciate the views of the valley from the almost full moon!

Brian Thomas
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HikingRocky

Quite a few people on the trail, but it didn’t feel crowded. Amazing views despite the typical Scottish weather.

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Chris Curran
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Hiking

Fun, quick hike that gives you a taste of Glencoe terrain. Midges were very active beginning if June.

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Brian Tice
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Hiking

This was a pretty walk up to the opening of the hidden Valley, an amazing site at how huge and open this valley was. Almost the entire walk you can hear water, and for 1/3 of it there is a creek beside you. We decided to refresh the feet on the way down and have a soak in the water. It was very cold, but felt great. Definitely a simple but powerfully pleasant hike with great views.

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