Glencoe is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Scotland and as most of the attractions in the area are natural rather than man made visiting them is free. I've listed 5 of my best recommendations which should provide you with some very special Scottish moments and memories.
Go for a Walk
It might sound obvious but I have seen a countless number of people parking at the roadside and taking a quick photo of the mountains before jumping back in their cars and heading off at speed. If this is your idea of sightseeing or ticking Glencoe off your bucket list then the rest of this article probably isn't for you!
You don't have to be a mountaineer or experienced hill walker to explore the low lying paths that criss cross the glen, although the higher routes should definitely be left to the experts. Heading off the main road is the only way to experience the true haunting atmosphere and towering scale of this magical landscape.
A pleasant circular walk through woodland brings you to signal rock, the alleged place that the signal was given by the Campbells to begin the Glencoe massacre. Whether truth or legend it all adds to the mystery and folklore that captures the imagination and makes Glencoe much more than just a place of natural beauty.
The WalkHighlands website is an excellent online guide to walks all over Scotland including Glencoe. The Wild About Lochaber website gives more info on the walk to signal rock.
A tour of a whisky distillery may be high on the list of things to do in Scotland but have you ever considered visiting a small, independent Scottish brewery? Widely available in pubs, supermarkets, farmer's markets and at events around the country, real ales and craft beer provide their own unique taste of Scotland.
If you're visiting the bonnie, bonnie banks of Loch Lomond then follow the low road to the town of Alexandria where you will find the family run Loch Lomond Brewery tucked away in an unassuming industrial estate next to the whisky distillery (not open to the public).
It is unpretentious, not in the least bit touristy and offers a completely authentic experience. In Loch Lomond there are not many attractions that are still under the radar, this is the place to visit if you're looking for an original taste of Scotland, quite literally!
The clip clop of impressive Clydesdale horses trotting along the riverside, Highland cattle roaming the fields, a grand country house with perfectly groomed lawns and gardens. Pollok Country Park makes you feel not only as if you have been transported out of the city but in some parts back in time.
With ducks floating down the river and the fragrant aromas from the herb garden wafting in the air, it is hard to believe you are only 3 miles from Glasgow city centre and even closer to it's busiest motorway.
Glasgow translates from Gaelic as 'Dear Green Place' and with over 90 parks and gardens you never have to look far if you need a retreat from the hustle and bustle. If you head to the southside you will find two of the best historic and cultural attractions in Glasgow set in the city's only country park which also happens to be it's biggest.
If you want to find some of Glasgow's latest works of art then you just have to take a walk around the streets. In an attempt to rejuvenate neglected areas of the city, some giant sized murals are taking over buildings, walls and bridges.
Glasgow has always been well known as a city that loves art, design and architecture and it finally seems to have embraced the original beauty that can be created by street art.
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