Glen Coe is the remains of an ancient super volcano. The eruption happened about 420 million years ago during the Silurian period, and the volcano has long since become extinct. The landscape was further shaped by the processes of glaciation during the last ice age, 10,000 years ago.
Imagine the world as it was. Go back millions of years in Glen Coe, Scotland, well before mankind. But after the worst ice ages. Imagine the mountain scenery around here. Glaciers have scoured out the valleys and have already dumped the huge boulders in the valleys, the remnants of their terminal moraines.
Earthquake eruptions have already caused huge chasms and cliff faces where roped rock climbers now go for sport. The slow weathering of the mountain tops centimetre by centimetre, year by year, has caused the mountain scree that runs under your feet today and is so tough on your knees.
It was once part of the lands of Clan MacDonald, though since the ending of the clan structure they progressively sold off their estates. Most of the Glen is now owned by the National Trust for Scotland whose visitor centre has displays about both the natural and historical significance of the Glen.
The National Trust for Scotland cares for Glen Coe National Nature Reserve, a 14,000 acre estate with 60 kilometres of footpaths to explore, marvel at the panoramic mountain views and spot internationally-renowned wildlife.
Glen Coe is one of the most beautiful and other-worldly places in Scotland. It is even featured in films such as James Bond’s Skyfall and several Harry Potter movies.
This whole area is stunning, spectacular, beautiful, awe-inspiring and pretty much any other positive adjective you can think of. No matter what the weather is, it is incredible. Don’t be afraid to go if it is raining… in fact, do go if it is raining! The mists and waterfalls are spectacular…
A must see on your bucket list…
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