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Apr 26, 2016 - Glencoe, Loch Lomond

Passed many snow capped mountains and Ben Nevis the highest mountain in the British Isles as we traversed Scotland from the east coast to the west. Our pilgrimage to Glenn's ancestral roots was partly for him to check out the town he was named after but also for him to get a better understanding of the massacre of the McDonald clan at Glencoe in 1692 that his mother had told him about. All of you reading this who are related to Jean Thelma Jones nee McDonald, this is your family history. Had a fabulous seafood lunch at the Glencoe Gathering...

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Sep 30, 2015 - Scotland - Glencoe

Today we are driving up to the Highlands - which according to Jeremy (our Top Gear GPS) it is approx 3 1/2 hours drive. So we decide to have a little sleep in to miss any traffic on the road. Downstairs for breaky - it was quite full on and too much for me - so I had something light. We hit the road about 9.30am. It was a beautiful day - not a cloud in the sky - was going to nudge 20 degrees...............delightful Scotland. We got onto the Motorway and it the road was fabulous and not too much traffic at all. The fields were not as green...

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Our European/UK Trip

Jun 25, 2015 - Fort William to Glencoe

What a difference a good nights sleep makes. What seemed like a dirty, grubby, industrial town that we thought no one in their right mind would stay at turned out to be a vibrant, scenic, tourist town in the light of the morning. Our B&B redeemed itself also with a great breakfast and magnificent views of the mountains and Loch Eil. Yesterday we rode alongside Loch Ness, Loch Oich, Loch Lochy as well. Today Loch Leven and Loch Linnhe. We headed back into Fort William this morning - the 6.1 km not seeming anywhere near as far as last night....

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May 18, 2015 - Goodbye to Scotland

Spending the night in the small village of Glencoe, located along the Caledonian fault (hey, I am a geologist!) in the shadow of Ben Nevis, the highest peak in the UK (about 3500'). At one time we had considered hiking up to the top, but the lack of time, iffy weather, and several feet of snow still capping the peak caused a change of plans. We did get in a few lowland hikes in the area, having been directed to park in the "Braveheart Parking Lot". That is the actual name - it's on the sign! Seems they filmed a number of scenes for the...

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May 17, 2014 - No Need for Merit Badges

Actually spending two nights in Fort Williams. Did go through Glencoe. My impression of Glencoe through the bus window was that the mountain rescue building is at least as large as the police office. Left Glasgow on the bus in the rain. Of course. It rained off and on and then finally stayed on. Nonetheless, there were good views of Loch Lomond, quite similar to Lake Crescent. Windy, narrow road in places. I would not cycle that road. Judging from the signs, Loch weddings are something of a minor industry. Major hills, transitioning into...

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UK on Foot

May 12, 2010 - Clans and Commandos

I've always loved Glen Coe. It's one of those places that always looks majestic, whether it's raining or shining. Whenever I think of it, I start singing the Corries song about how cruel is the snow that sweeps Glen Coe, that covers the house of Donald etc etc. That song is about the massacre of the MacDonald clan in 1692 by the Campbells working under the orders of the government, after Alastair MacDonald refused to sign an oath of allegiance to William III. The name of the glen means "Valley of Weeping" and I think because of the history...

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