Glencoe on a rainy day


Jun 17th, 2016, 01:04 PM
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Glencoe on a rainy day

My family of four including a couple of teens will be spending two days in and around Glencoe. We are going to hike, maybe kayak, hopefully fish, and generally enjoy being outdoors. This being Scotland, it will rain. Any suggestions for what to do if a day is washed out?
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Jun 17th, 2016, 01:20 PM
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1. Drive out to Glenfinnan and visit the Jacobite monument.

2. Drive down to Castle Stalker; if you're there on a visiting day, take a boat out to the castle.

3. Drive out to the end of the road in Glen Etive for a real taste of remoteness.

4. Drive up to (the former smelter town of) Kinlochleven for a go on the ice climbing wall -

5. Visit the West Highland museum in Fort William -
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Jun 18th, 2016, 04:45 AM
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It depends on whether it is merely raining or whether it is pitching it down in sheets.

If the former, gardyloo's #3 is a brilliant suggestion. I would want a good map, not so much to avoid getting lost but as an aid in identifying what you see.

If the latter, I would suggest sitting in the lounge at the Ballachulish Hotel drinking a succession of large whiskies. From time to time, bits of Glencoe will emerge from the downpours.

NB: my wife broke her ankle while our family were traversing the Three Sisters. It was raining horizontally, but the real problem was that it had been raining for days. A section of the saturated trail simply slipped down the mountain while she was on it. We were all experienced walkers and had a guide, but the walk back to the highway was quite an epic. Fortunately, we were appropriately dressed so hypothermia wasn't a problem.
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