The woods surrounding Glencoe Lochan are peaceful and calm with conifers and rugged mountains encircling the lochan. Glencoe Lochan is unique in that all the trees that surround the loch are native to Canada's Pacific North West. The trees were planted in 1890 by Lord Strathcona, who wanted to remind his Canadian wife of her homeland.
This gentle walk leads you through towering trees, winding tracks and around the lochan itself. On a nice day, the reflection in the lochan shows off a gorgeous mirror image of the surrounding scenery.
The three-mile track can take about an hour and a half to explore, with a variety of trails to choose from. The red trail is the easiest and is suitable for all ages and abilities, buggies and wheelchairs. If you want to get the best view take the blue trail which takes you uphill overlooking the lochan and offers fantastic views over Loch Leven, Beinn a’ Bheithir, and the Pap of Glencoe.
There are benches scattered around the lochside as well as picnic tables and pontoons, so plenty of places to have lunch, relax, take pictures, and enjoy this idyllic part of Glencoe.
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Length - 3 miles
Time - 1 - 1.5 hours
Top tip: There are three main trails. The Lochan Trail is the easiest and the Mountain Trail is more challenging of the three. Remember to take some change for parking.