Glencoe, within the Scottish Highlands, is gorgeous. The form of lovely that takes your breath away. However appears to be like might be deceiving. Undoubtedly considered one of Scotland’s most scenic glens, and even voted Scotland’s most romantic glen, Glencoe can be a land steeped in bloodshed. Treachery. Homicide.
It was 5am on the freezing winter morning that was the 13th of February 1692 when a regiment of redcoat troopers, led by the Duke of Argyll, awoke. After dressing at midnight, they set to murdering their hosts, the Macdonalds of Glencoe, who had welcomed them into their properties and given them shelter for the previous 10 days. On the finish of what’s now often known as the Glencoe Bloodbath, 38 Macdonalds – males, girls and youngsters – lay lifeless. Of their beds, within the snow, within the lovely mountains that surrounded their lovely glen.
With a historical past like this, it’s hardly shocking that the producers of the James Bond motion pictures selected this darkly lovely, remoted, treacherous panorama as the situation for an additional homicide: that of Dame Judi Dench’s ‘M’ in Skyfall. Fictional, maybe, however no much less stunning for Bond followers.
However sufficient of homicide most foul – be it historic or fictional. As we speak, Glencoe stands as a must-do for any mountaineering or outdoor fanatic, and as Scotland’s most romantic panorama, as voted by a successful 19% of individuals polled by the John Muir Belief and Walkhighlands, Scotland’s busiest outdoor web site.
Situated inside the Lochaber Geopark within the Highlands, also referred to as the Out of doors Capital of the UK, the deep valley and towering mountains of Glencoe had been carved out by ice-age glaciers and volcanic explosions tens of millions of years in the past. Certainly, the primary street North via Glencoe takes you proper via the center of an historic volcano. (Bonus: journey south, via Fort William, and you’ll go proper previous Ben Nevis, the UK’s highest mountain.)
The traditional supervolcano liable for the distinctive layers of rock which make Glencoe so distinctive erupted about 420 million years in the past in the course of the Silurian interval. The glen is taken into account by geologists far and extensive to be top-of-the-line examples of a subsidence caldera, a volcanic course of wherein a round fault permits a piece of crust to sink, which in flip forces the volcanic magma to rise to the periphery. This sinking, and resultant rising, permits layers of rock which might in any other case have been eroded to stay seen, as seen in Glencoe on Bidean nam Bian, at Sgorr nam Fiannaidh, An t-Sron, and within the mattress of the River Coe beneath Loch Achtriochtan.
Which is actually simply lots of scientific phrases which might be roughly translated as: take a look at Glencoe’s rocks. Aren’t they spectacular? Have you ever ever seen something fairly like them wherever else?
This extraordinarily common mountaineering vacation spot is a reasonably simple drive, simply over two hours, from Glasgow. Fort William is simply half an hour away. Common bus companies additionally run from each locations to Glencoe. You can too take the prepare to Fort William or Bridge of Orchy and journey to Glencoe by bus. Whichever street you’re taking, and irrespective of the way you get there, one factor is assured: all routes are the scenic route.
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