It’s a while since I’ve been through historic Glencoe. Glencoe is a hugely popular destination for hill walkers, being surrounded by dramatic mountains on all sides. It also attracts droves of photographers. Buachaille Etive Mor (the great herdsman of Etive) at the head of the glen is possibly Scotland’s most photographed mountain. Glencoe, situated in the Highlands of Scotland, is undoubtedly Scotland’s most scenic glen, with a dramatic road twisting its way from top to bottom. The glen is named after the river Coe which runs through it. It’s often a dramatic sight after a bout of heavy rain! There is also a village of the same name a the foot of the glen.
The road through Glencoe a route I’ve travelled on many occasions – often on the way to Lismore or Mull. The road through the glen is a superb place to stop for photos – it’s hard to resist a view like this! I think it’s a place that looks at its best in ‘atmospheric’ weather conditions – fortunately those are pretty common around the area!
This shot was taken looking east along Loch Achtriochtan, at the foot of the glen on an unusually calm day.
Looking across Loch Achtriochtan, Glencoe
I love the drive down Glencoe in the Highlands. The expanse of Rannoch moor changes abrubptly as as you pass Buachaille Etive Mor towering above the road. Suddenly the moodiness of Glencoe is all around. At some point I’ll be heading back up there with my bike, as there’s not many options for stopping in a car at the most scenic spots.
I do like the loch at the foot of the glen. This wee house must be endlessly photographed when it’s reflected in the flat calm surface of Loch Achtriochtan.
I love Glencoe on days like this – looking at its atmospheric best with clouds swirling around the tops.
I took this photo looking westwards down Glencoe, towards the foot of the glen.
I’m just back from another trip over to the west, which involved a drive through the ever-changing Glencoe. It was quiet and still at the foot of the glen, and the tops were hidden by low cloud. On days like this, there are some cracking reflections in Loch Achtriochtan
Storm over Glencoe mountains
I was in Ballachulish taking photos for the band Corran Raa recently. The band had a gig at the Crafts & Things, the cafe in the village. While they were getting themselves ready for the evening, I wandered down to the shores of Loch Leven with my camera,as the evening light looked promising, and some clouds were beginning to gather over Glencoe village.
The weather suddenly turned very ominous as I reached the shores of the loch.
Somehow Glencoe seems to be ‘almost there’ for a lot of trips I make..it’s on the way to so many amazing places. It’s also an amazing place in itself. Thanks Niall for another great suggestion for a photo for the gallery this week!
Looking along Glencoe in the Scottish Highlands
Winter snow in Glencoe
On a recent trip to the west with the band, we caught the first dusting of snow on the hills in Glencoe.
A light dusting of snow on Glencoe in the Scottish Highlands
Another quick stop. We were on the road to Lismore this time, and stopped near the head of Glencoe for this photo. I love these Highland autumn colours!
Autumn colours in Glencoe in the Scottish Highlands