Glencoe, Highland

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Glencoe
Scottish Gaelic: A’ Chàrnaich
Glencoe is located in Lochaber
Glencoe
Glencoe
 Glencoe shown within the Lochaber area
OS grid reference NN098588
Council area Highland
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Ballachullish
Postcode district PH49 4
Police Scottish
Fire Scottish
Ambulance Scottish
EU Parliament Scotland
List of places
UK
Scotland

Coordinates: 56°40′58″N 5°06′22″W / 56.68282°N 5.10598°W / 56.68282; -5.10598

This article refers to the village: for the glen itself, see Glen Coe.
Glencoe village from the summit of the Pap of Glencoe

Glencoe or Glencoe Village (Gaelic: A’ Chàrnaich[1]) is the main settlement in Glen Coe in the Lochaber area of the Scottish Highlands. It lies at the north-west end of the glen, on the southern bank of the River Coe where it enters Loch Leven (a salt-water loch off Loch Linnhe).

The village falls within the Ross, Skye and Lochaber part of the Highland council area for local government purposes. It is part of the registration county of Argyll and the lieutenancy area of Inverness for ceremonial functions.

The use of the term 'Glencoe Village' is a modern one, to differentiate the settlement from the glen itself.

History[edit]

A view of Glencoe

The village is on the site of the Massacre of Glencoe in 1692, in which the Clan MacDonald of Glencoe were killed by forces acting on behalf of the government of King William II following the Glorious Revolution.

The village occupies an area of the glen[2][3] known as Carnoch. Native Gaelic speakers who belong to the area always refer to the village as A'Charnaich, meaning "the place of cairns".[4] Even today there is Upper Carnoch and Lower Carnoch. A small hospital - currently empty - with emergency services at Fort William 16 miles away, lies at the southern end of the village just over an arched stone bridge.

Culture and community[edit]

Within Carnoch there is a small village shop, Scottish Episcopal Church, Glencoe and North Lorn local history museum, Post Office, Glencoe Mountain Rescue Team centre, an outdoor centre, a number of bed and breakfast establishments, and a small primary school. Several eating establishments are around including the Glencoe Hotel, Glencoe Cafe and The Clachaig Inn. Glencoe is also a popular location for self-catering holidays; with many chalets, cottages and lodges available for weekly and short break rental. Also located in the village, but along the A82, is the Glencoe Visitor Centre, run by the National Trust for Scotland. This modern (constructed in 2002) visitor centre houses a coffee shop, store, and information centre.

The village is surrounded by spectacular mountain scenery and is popular with serious hill-walkers, rock and ice climbers. It has been seen in numerous films, including Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban as the home of Hagrid, and the 2012 James Bond movie Skyfall, also known from Ian Fleming's original novels as the birthplace of James Bond's father Andrew Bond.

Well known residents include Hamish MacInnes, inventor of the McInnes Stretcher.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ainmean-Àite na h-Alba - A82 place-name list
  2. ^ "Extract from Scottish Natural Heritage Commissioned Report No.374". Retrieved 14 Dec 2014.  See paragraph beginning “Glen Coe’s splendour is not diminished as it falls to sea level and meets Loch Leven”. The glen extends to Loch Leven, thereby encompassing Glencoe village.
  3. ^ "1911 Encyclopedia Britannica Article "GLENCOE"". Retrieved 14 Dec 2014.  "Beginning at the north-eastern base of Buchaille Etive, it [the glen] takes a gentle north-westerly trend for 10 m. to its mouth on Loch Leven, a salt-water arm of Loch Linnhe.", again encompassing Glencoe village.
  4. ^ Tron Bhogha-Froise - Sgeulachdan is Bardachd, Alasdair MacAonghais, Canan, Sabhal Mor Ostaig, An Teanga, Sleite, An t-Eilean Sgitheanach, (1999).