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My dream vacation to Glencoe, Scotland

Updated on August 18, 2014

I have always wanted to visit the Highlands in Scotland

Something about the Scottish Highlands calls to me... especially the area around Glencoe. Maybe I lived in Scotland in a past life?

I did live in England for a few months during high school, but I never got all the way up to Scotland. Going there, or maybe even living there is definitely on my bucket list!

All the photographs I've seen of the Highlands draw me closer. There's just something about the place that speaks to me in a way that nowhere else on Earth has. Have you ever seen a photo of someplace and know you just belonged there? That's how I feel about Scotland.

I hope that after you've finished reading my page, you will come away with the same awe for Glencoe, Scotland that I have.

Image by Shirley Grant [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons of Glencoe Lochan. The lochan behind Glencoe village with the Pap of Glencoe behind.

Here's a video that tourscotland posted of a drive west through Glencoe! - If this video doesn't inspire you to want to visit here, I don't know what will

For now, this is probably the closest I'll come

Glenfiddich Highland Whiskey Cake (14.1 ounce)
Glenfiddich Highland Whiskey Cake (14.1 ounce)

There are no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives in this delicious cake.

I think this cake would make a terrific Christmas present (did you hear that, Mom?)

 

Glencoe Valley, near the village of Glencoe, Lochaber, Highlands, Scotland

This is one of the images that caused me to fall in love with Glencoe. Just look at it! Doesn't it look beautiful? This is a photograph of Glencoe Valley. I once pinned a photo of Glencoe to Pinterest, and it had 79 repins! So obviously I am not the only one smitten with Glencoe!

By Gil Cavalcanti (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons

The Rough Guide to Scottish Highlands & Islands

Glencoe village in the Scottish Highlands from the summit of the Pap of Glencoe

By Simonm72 (Own work) [CC-BY-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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Places to stay in Glencoe

So you're headed to Glencoe, eh? I have to say I'm a little bit jealous. But here are two very nice sounding places to stay.

The not so sunny side of Glencoe

The massacre of Glencoe

The Campbell/MacDonald rivalry was an ancient one. The highland clans often raided each other. In 1688 members of the MacDonald clan on their way home from the battle of Killiecrankie raided and looted Robert Campbell's land.

This placed him in a very precarious financial position. In 1692, under the guise of a military action, the Campbells attacked the MacDonalds of Glencoe (even though Campbells regiment was billeted on MacDonald land).

38 men of the MacDonald clan were murdered. 40 of their wives and children died of exposure after their homes were burned.

Image by Kim Traynor (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The Corries - Massacre Of Glencoe

This beautiful song gives you a pretty good idea of what happened during the massacre at Glencoe.

Have you visited the Scottish Highlands?

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    • anne mohanraj profile image

      anne mohanraj 4 years ago

      Lovely lens! Wish I could visit Scotland one day!

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      I've visited Scotland, but only briefly. Would love to return.

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      C A Chancellor 4 years ago from US/TN

      I've always wanted to visit Scotland. England was the closest I got. Maybe someday.

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      adelais lm 4 years ago

      I live in Scotland, but I've done so little travelling around it. I think it's time for me to really get to it.

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      unnamedharald 4 years ago

      Glencoe is very beautiful. I've only been to Scotland a couple times (a long time ago) but the scenery in the British Isles has, and always will, draws me, much as you wrote. Very nice lens and videos.

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      LisaDH 4 years ago

      Some day I've love to visit Scotland.

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      Ellen Gregory 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Very pretty lens.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 4 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Whisky cake!? Sign me up.

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      srsddn lm 4 years ago

      I hear lot about Scotland but could not get a chance to visit though I stayed at Manchester for about a year. Amazing images.

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      Cara 4 years ago

      I hope you manage to visit Scotland one day. I am sure you will love it.

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      GramaBarb 4 years ago from Vancouver

      Great lens - you make me want to go to Scotland!