Glencoe Lochan, Glencoe Village

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Glencoe Lochan is a tract of forest located just north of Glencoe village in the Scottish Highlands. It was planted/transplanted from the Pacific Northwest of Canada in the nineteenth century by Donald Alexander Smith, 1st Baron Strathcona and Mount Royal.After acquiring the Glencoe Estate in 1895, Donald Alexander Smith and his wife, Isabella Sophia Hardisty, moved from Canada to Scotland. Soon after their arrival, Isabella became increasingly homesick for her ancestral lands in Canada. In an attempt to abate his wife's depression, Donald Alexander Smith had this forest painstakingly planted, and granted it to her as a private refuge. The lochan is currently under the care of the Forestry Commission, there are trails around it, parking and fishing for brown trout is possible with a permit purchased locally.
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  • August 18, 2017
    Very nice walks, not particularly strenuous. Lovely glen. Great for walking dogs. One needs an hour at most to visit.  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    Only by going from car's worth. Will stopping and enjoying the place. Everything is breathtaking. The place was the scene of several movies, among them Skyfall.
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  • July 22, 2017
    The drives through Glencoe was incredible and the hiking at Glencoe Lochan was the highlight of our trip. Finding the trail head is a little confusing, but locals will direct you when asked. Ample par...  more »

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