River Coe


Start/FinishMap Reference – NN 102 589 Landranger 41
ParkingLong lay by beside Glencoe village War Memorial
Distance2 miles/3 km
Time1 hours

The river Coe, as it flows towards Loch Leven at the end of the village has carved out for itself some remarkable pools and rock sculptures, not quite in Grand Canyon proportions, but good to see nevertheless. 

After parking walk over the humped back bridge and look under it at some of the rock formations there.  Immediately after the bridge turn left along ‘Back Lane’ and soon take the left fork.  The other lane is to a private cottage.  Back Lane meanders along close to the river on the left and the interesting part is soon reached.  The river rises and falls quite rapidly depending on how recently there has been a heavy fall of rain and when the level is low – far more often than people would lead you to believe – the pools and rock formations are quite fascinating as one considers the power necessary to carve out patterns of that nature.

Continuing along Back Lane leads to a row of cottages on the left and then a bungalow.

From here you have a couple of options.  You can continue along the back lane all the way to the end where it emerges at the head of Loch Leven on the road towards Kinlochleven.  Turn left here and you can return back along the road towards the bottom of Glencoe village.

Alternatively, you can take the path up to the right all the way up the hill.  This path will take you towards Glencoe House, formerly the stately home of Lord Strathcona, which was then converted into a hospital, and now it offers bed and breakfast accommodation.  Continue along the path between the house and the old stables, and through the wooden gate.  From here you could extend your walk by going around the Glencoe Lochan. Take the path which forks to the right and the lochan car park is reached.  Pass through the car park, down the road, and turn right at the village road which will lead you back over the humped back bridge to the start point.

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