The Pass of Glencoe

"Long sweeping bends and a desolate drive across Rannoch Moor takes us to Ballachulish, a small town at the end of the pass of Glencoe  ........  there is no doubt that this section has  a stark and wild grandeur."

The last stage before heading back to Edinburgh takes us to the north of Glencoe where we have a refreshment break at the Glencoe Visitor centre.  Leaving here we drive back down Glencoe to the ancient Kilchurn Castle where you can take some time exploring the grounds.

After this we drive back down the A84 arriving at Callander where you'll have the opportunity to spend time out of the MPV
From there we join with the route we came on the way up North and drive back to Edinburgh

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Edinburgh to Glencoe  - Stage 2

The Great Moor of Rannoch

Long sweeping bends and a desolate drive across Rannoch Moor takes us to Ballachulish, a small town at the end of the pass of Glencoe. 

Not to take away from the beautiful scenery already passed through, there is no doubt that this section has the most grandeur.  We start by leaving Tyndrum, climbing up the side of the Glen before driving down a straight road passing by the Bridge of Orchy. Another five miles and we start to climb onto the Great Moor of Rannoch, one of the last remaining wildernesses in Europe. The area is a vast stretch of land composed of blanket bog, lochans, rivers, and rocky outcrops which makes it a very challenging environment which still supports varieties of flora and fauna. A wealth of plants, insect, bird and animal life can be seen here ranging from curlews and grouse to roe and red deer. If weather permits we will stop here for pictures.


 

Kilchurn Castle

We now drive towards Glencoe, often considered one of the most spectacular and beautiful places in Scotland:

Approaching from the east and enclosed by wild and sheer mountains the Pass of Glencoe presents a grim grandeur. Gouged out by an ice age glacier, the U-shaped glen is about 16 km (9.9 mi) long with the floor of the glen being less than 700 m (0.4 miles) wide, narrowing sharply at the Pass of Glen Coe about halfway along.

The entrance to Glen Coe is marked by Buachaille Etive Mor, "the great herdsman of Etive" at the 'junction' with Glen Etive. Glen Coe then runs roughly west for about 12 km (7.5 mi) before turning north-west towards Loch Leven.

The south side of the glen is marked by a succession of distinct peaks: Buachaille Etive Mòr is followed to the west by Buachaille Etive Beag, then by the Three Sisters, shoulders of the Bidean nam Bian massif which itself marks the western end of the glen. By contrast the north side of the glen is a stark wall of mountain, the Aonach Eagach ridge. The western end terminates with the conical Pap of Glencoe (Sgùrr na Cìche), above Glencoe village, at the point where the glen opens out to Loch Leven.

Geologically speaking, Glen Coe is the remains of an ancient supervolcano. It is considered to be one of the best examples of subsidence calderas. The eruption happened about 420 million years ago during the Silurian period.

The landscape was further shaped by the processes of glaciation during the last ice age, 10,000 years ago.