Landscape Photo
Photographer: Brian Horisk/AdventureArt, Fife, Scotland

Route Filmstrip & Description

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In 1895 Lord Strathcona created this beautiful lochan and woodland for his Canadian wife Isabella, who was of Native American descent. The trail is nestled in the centre of the wood and is surrounded by majestic conifers and rugged mountains. Please note that during the visit, work was underway to improve the path so the pictures don't show a number of benches that should be installed presently. Despite a steady gradient at the start, this trail offers good access, plenty of seating and wonderful views. The trail is located just a couple of minutes drive from Glencoe village, making it a great place for a side-trip on a day out.

Surveyed by: Joe Penfold, February 2012 (Winter)
Accessibility Rating: 1More Information
Distance: 1.4 km

Public Transport: No
Car Park: Yes
Steps: No
Barriers: No
Toilets: No

Full Profile

 Glencoe is the nearest town or village.

Turn off the A82(T) at Glencoe village. Pass through the village and over the River Coe bridge. The entrance to the woodland is signposted on your left a short distance later.

OS Grid Reference: NN1059

Direction Glencoe is the nearest town or village. Turn off the A82(T) at Glencoe village. Pass through the village and over the River Coe bridge. The entrance to the woodland is signposted on your left a short distance later. OS Grid Reference: NN1059

Proceed up the drive and bear right at this sign.

Direction Proceed up the drive and bear right at this sign.

There are three accessible parking areas located at the trail head.

Blue Badge parking bays There are three accessible parking areas located at the trail head.

The red dots illustrate the Lochan Trail. The trail distance is 1mile / 1.6km and the information board suggests allowing 40 mins for the walk.

Information The red dots illustrate the Lochan Trail. The trail distance is 1mile / 1.6km and the information board suggests allowing 40 mins for the walk.

For the Lochan trail, follow the 'red feather'signs.

Start For the Lochan trail, follow the 'red feather'signs.

The path is at least 2m in width at the start of the trail.

Width The path is at least 2m in width at the start of the trail.

Bear right.

Direction Bear right.

During the visit Contractors were resurfacing the path. This was being done to a very good standard.

Surface During the visit Contractors were resurfacing the path. This was being done to a very good standard.

The path follows a sustained, yet moderate uphill gradient.

Gradient The path follows a sustained, yet moderate uphill gradient.

The path zig-zags several times to reduce the uphill gradient. At this point the gradient was 6%.

Gradient The path zig-zags several times to reduce the uphill gradient. At this point the gradient was 6%.

During the visit several rest areas were bein constructed. Once finished this area will contain seating.

Seat During the visit several rest areas were bein constructed. Once finished this area will contain seating.

The uphill gradient is sustained and moderately steep.

Gradient The uphill gradient is sustained and moderately steep.

The path has been widened at regular intervals to accomodate benches. These will be installed after the path improvements have been completed.

Seat The path has been widened at regular intervals to accomodate benches. These will be installed after the path improvements have been completed.

Several switchbacks have been created to reduce the uphill gradient.

Direction Several switchbacks have been created to reduce the uphill gradient.

 

Gradient

The final switchback up to the Lochan.

Direction The final switchback up to the Lochan.

 

Direction

A boathouse and shelter is situated next to the Loch at the top of the hill.

Shelter A boathouse and shelter is situated next to the Loch at the top of the hill.

A jetty provides disabled access.

Boating A jetty provides disabled access.

 

View

The path has been widened at regular intervals to accomodate benches. These will be installed after the path improvements have been completed.

Seat The path has been widened at regular intervals to accomodate benches. These will be installed after the path improvements have been completed.

The path hugs the shoreline.

Path The path hugs the shoreline.

View across the Lochan to the islands.

View View across the Lochan to the islands.

The path is level, wide and well compacted around Glencoe Lochan.

Path The path is level, wide and well compacted around Glencoe Lochan.

The path has been widened at regular intervals to accomodate benches. These will be installed after the path improvements have been completed.

Seat The path has been widened at regular intervals to accomodate benches. These will be installed after the path improvements have been completed.

Approach to one of the fishing platforms.

Direction Approach to one of the fishing platforms.

 

Fishing

 

Path

At the far end of the Lochan, the path has been widened to accomodate seating, as will be provided when the path upgrades are completed.

Seat At the far end of the Lochan, the path has been widened to accomodate seating, as will be provided when the path upgrades are completed.

 

Seat

View from the far-end of the Lochan.

View View from the far-end of the Lochan.

 

Direction

Some fishing platforms have stepped as well as ramped access.

Fishing Some fishing platforms have stepped as well as ramped access.

View from the fishing platform.

Viewing Platform View from the fishing platform.

 

Path

Another bay for seating.

Seat Another bay for seating.

 

Fishing

Some fishing platforms  have stepped as well as ramped access.

View Some fishing platforms have stepped as well as ramped access.

 

Path

 

Path

 

Path

 

Path

Spendid views, even on a cloudy day!

View Spendid views, even on a cloudy day!

 

Direction

Ramped access is provided to all the fishing platforms.

Viewing Platform Ramped access is provided to all the fishing platforms.

 

Fishing

 

Path

 

Seat

 

View

Either direction can be taken here, but the left hand fork follows the shorter and less steep route.

Direction Either direction can be taken here, but the left hand fork follows the shorter and less steep route.

Continue towards the boat house then turn right to retrace your steps down to the car park.

Direction Continue towards the boat house then turn right to retrace your steps down to the car park.

 

View

A short section of boardwalk creates a narrowing of the path at the end of the trail. It is unlikely that this will create a barrier for wheelchair users.

Width A short section of boardwalk creates a narrowing of the path at the end of the trail. It is unlikely that this will create a barrier for wheelchair users.

Glencoe Lochan Phototrail

 

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