Glencoe Visitor Centre
Glencoe Visitor Centre
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9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Glencoe Visitor Centre is your gateway to Glencoe National Nature Reserve. The National Trust for Scotland has cared for this incredible mountain landscape since 1935. We look after 60km of footpaths, 8 popular Munro peaks and 14,000 acres of precious upland habitats. Don't miss the 3D map in our Info Hub to help you plan your activities in the Glen. Catch our cinema films to discover more about Glencoe's story and visit our new recreation of a 300 year old turf and creel house, like the MacDonalds would once have lived in here. Refuel in our panoramic cafe and pick up unique mementoes of your visit in our shop. Every penny you spend here helps fund our charity's conservation work.
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  • Mark W
    Falkirk District, United Kingdom7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great day out for all
    We went twice within the space of 2 weeks, visitor centre is nice, informative and has some great walks with a good cafe for when you return, we also booked the land rover safari for our next visit which was amazing. Lindsay, our driver was so full of knowledge and you could tell she was so passionate about her job. Glencoe is an amazing place to visit but if you want to know a little about the history, what grows around there and some of the wildlife, I would recommend a visit
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 24 July 2023
  • andeegoofy
    Santa Rosa, California181 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best view - Best place to learn history
    Very worth the quick stop to get a little history of the glen of Glencoe. We were rushed for 30 mins before closing, and wished we'd had longer. This is the BEST view of the whole glen from the rebuilt house.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 3 August 2023
  • Colin S
    15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The perfect introduction to Glencoe
    It is lovely to see the NTS Glencoe Visitor Centre looking so good. It has clearly been extensively refurbished and offers a tremendous introduction and insight into this more glorious of scenic spots. There is a large gift shop and cafe and viewpoints, trails - you name it!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 August 2023
  • neach-siubhail1
    Stranraer, United Kingdom11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fab Centre with clean facilities
    Fantastic visitor centre with very clean facilities. Cafe was great and had good gluten free options. Soup was fantastic. It is expensive though. Free to access museum and really informative film about Glencoe’s history. The turf house outside was amazing and really interesting thing to experience. Well worth popping in.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 22 August 2023
  • NCtravelz
    Raleigh, North Carolina1,747 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not very informative
    Very nice gift shop, and the turf house out back is very well done. Parking is 4 pounds, and the bathrooms weren't great. I went to get information about the drive through the valley and was disappointed. I could either get a topographical map as big as the front of the car or pay 5 pounds for a guide book / coffee table book to flip through. I just wanted a map of all the highlights and accessible sights. I asked the person at the information desk, and he suggested we just stop wherever we felt like it. This wasn't helpful. While the parking along the drive is well marked, when we did find trailhead maps they didn't note distance. There's not much cell service along the route either. The gift shop employees were very nice though.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 September 2023
  • andrewjenny
    Hervey Bay, Australia619 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent introduction to local area
    Thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Glencoe Visitor centre. As we didn't have a lot of time to experience this beautiful part of Scotland this Visitor centre gave us a great opportunity to experience what this area has to offer. Centre includes some great exhibits outlining the history of the area and at the back of the centre there are some excellent views. Make sure you watch the short films in cinema and visit the dwelling which is at back of centre. We had a hot drink and food at Cafe which was great. The best part it is free entry you just pay for parking. A must do if in this part of Scotland.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 November 2023
  • Penny R
    3 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not a lot ot see
    This centre is a good way to get an overview of the glen. The film is short but worth watching and the cafe has good food. Staff are lovely. However, be aware before you go that it focuses very much on the geology and land, and there is only one room, apart from the little cinema, where there is any sort of an exhibition. This changes annually apparently - when we were there, it was about mountaineering in the glen. It was our fault that we didn't research it more before we went, though even so, the lack of exhibits is a serious flaw. The turf house was shut the day we went, because of the weather. That might have given us more info about how people lived in the glen and more about the massacre, which was the main reason we went. We might have been better off at the nearby Folk Museum but it was shut when we visited.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 12 January 2024
  • Alice R
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Brilliant customer service
    We stopped off in the visitor centre to buy some postcards on the way back from our walk. The centre had everything you needed, great selections of trinkets. Our trip was especially made by Mike who served us at the till - a lovely friendly man who gave us some local walk ideas. Thanks Mike!
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 January 2024
  • dlloyd77
    London, United Kingdom4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Highly recommend a visit to this lovely place
    I absolutely love this place! Right next to the Three Sisters of Glencoe, the surroundings are beautiful. The turf house is really interesting too! Love the cafe (Mac & Cheese with a haggis topper today - yum!) especially as it is dog friendly and they gave my pup a biscuit to munch. Euan in the gift shop is a lovely young man - enthusiastic, helpful and great at dog spotting (so I could avoid other dogs and a barking episode from my little guy!). Second time visitor, won’t be my last visit either 😊
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 26 March 2024
  • Trax362015
    Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom24 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An amazing source of information!
    Having visited Glen Coe before, we already had a plan and so never made it to the visitor centre. We loved the area so much we came back but were at a bit of a loss at what to do. Having passed the visitor centre we decided to pop in! We received such a warm welcome, and straight away, we were advised on a good hike, with amazing views and suitable for the weather. The person we spoke to was very knowledgeable and we ended up having an amazing day! We didn't even look at the rest of the centre, so we are now going back later in the week. If you are visiting the area, this is the place to start!
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 26 March 2024
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noisette060
Cardiff, UK76 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021 • Couples
This centre’s main aim seems to be to raise income for the NTS; there is a £4 flat rate parking fee, a large gift shop and cafe. The cafe is pleasant and clean and staff are helpful but prices are high for the quality of the food and drink. My cappuccino was scalding hot from a machine. The information and education side seems to be secondary; the best bit is the 3D map of the area. The video starts well but then becomes a promotion for the NTS. There was no free literature to take away. The reconstruction of the Croft looks interesting at a distance and may be worth coming back for in the future.
Written 17 September 2021
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Thank you very much for your feedback noisette060. We can confirm that generating income for our charity is a prime aim of our visitor centre, but this goes hand in hand with sharing the Glen's stories and providing inspiration on things to do here. I'm sorry you felt our film was a promotion for the NTS. Three quarters of it is about Glencoe's history and nature, but we are also definitely keen to raise awareness of the work our Rangers and mountain path team do to care for Glencoe National Nature Reserve. Did you visit our exhibition too? Or check out the tables in our cafe which each feature a different story! Every penny you spend with us, including our £4 parking charge (an average of less than £1.50 per visitor) directly supports us in providing free facilities AND goes towards all our conservation activity in the Glen - caring for 40miles of footpaths, wildlife monitoring and habitat improvement. We think this is great value if you love Glencoe :) We hope to welcome you back to check out our unique reconstruction of a 17th century turf house, like people once lived in up and down the Glen.
Written 14 November 2021
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Barton Seagrave, UK502 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Family
On our travels up into the Highlands towards our first overnight stop in Fort William, we past through the stunning Glencoe and then saw the signs for its visitors centre. Why not stop said my wife, so we did and how pleased was we. Yes, you have to pay for the car parking, but that's all you have to pay for and you get a lot. The Glencoe Visitors Centre is amazing. It's set in an amazing building, has a well stocked souvenir shop, an amazing cafe, very clean public toilets and state of the art exhibition about Glencoe. And there's so much more; a fantastic view point looking up Glencoe itself, picnic areas, marked footpaths and much more. So, unless you have treated yourself to something nice from the shop or cafe, the car parking charge is the only charge and in my humble opinion, is great value for money. If your passing through Glencoe then the Visitors Centre is a must...and we are so glad we stopped!
Written 1 August 2021
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Falconaf1971
Leigh, UK74 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
We stopped off at the visitor centre on our road trip seems ok when you pay £4.00 to park for a few hours then I heard someone spent nearly £30.00 on sandwiches for the family. It seems a bit expensive. We didn’t buy any food although we bought a bottle of water for £2.00. Other than this it is lovely. Nice woodland walk and a great gift shop reasonably priced well worth a stop off
Written 18 February 2020
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Many thanks for leaving feedback from your experience of your visit to NTS Glencoe. The parking charge applies for the entire day and allows visitors to experience both the visitor centre and the wider Glencoe area/ walks etc. We hope to welcome you back again soon! Team Glencoe
Written 20 February 2020
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lou1232013
somerset480 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2022
A useful stop off with the usual cafe, toilets and exhibition which leads onto short, easy walks around the very end of Glencoe near the village itself. For more dramatic scenery and better walks stop in one of the lay bys as you come down Glencoe. If you are a NT member remember to have your sticker else it is £4 for parking regardless of how long you stay.
Written 22 July 2022
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Belinda H
Dunblane, UK14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
We literally wanted to pop into the centre for a view of GlenCoe and get a coffee on our way home and ended up spending 1.5 hours there. We attended the tour of the 17th Century Turf House (reconstruction) with Lucy Doogan who has huge amounts of knowledge of the area and is passionate about the history and the turf house. I think we held her up as we ended up spending an hour just around the turf house asking loads of questions. Lucy was patient with us and we really appreciated her time.
Once done we got a delicious coffee and cake for the road. We would HIGHLY recommend a visit and we will be back to. Thank you Lucy 😀
Written 18 January 2023
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Ron S
Dunfermline, UK63 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2021
Arrived at a large car park where a ‘lady in a van’ was showing and explaining her interactions with Scottish wild cats . Some were on a lead some were free to roam. Interesting facts discovered about them.
Went into the visitor centre. This was a newish very clean and well laid out building. The usual large gift shop. Safe distancing rules in place. Went into the canteen, again, well laid out with safe distancing cards on tables. Had coffee and cake while admiring the view from panoramic windows. Afterwards, went for short climb on local well established pathways returning after about an hour. Worth stopping off for a look see, we are not climbers. Credit to the staff there.
Written 3 August 2021
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JAMel2013
Aberlour, UK41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
Parking was suggested as £4 but free if a member. We didn't mind as there's a lot of area, history and animals etc to support.

The eco centre was clean spacious and welcoming. Lovely lady doing a jewellery stock count at the reception desk explained the layout for us and was pleasant and friendly.

Informative boards to read but there is the annoying repetitive loudness of the recorded film on a loop whilst reading. Interesting film though. Funny to see Gererd Butler in the NTS advert but I bet he doesn't live in Scotland!!

Lovely walk to the wee hut still in progress being built but can't be far away from completion.

People have said not much choice in the cafe - I disagree! I could already smell the potato and leek soup on arrival so I chose that. Just as well I didn't know they do macaroni cheese! I'd have had that! I had a lovely slice of Rocky Road made by Cobbs in Drumnadrochit. For the record, there is much choice in both the cafe and the gift shop here than the Glenfinnan Visitor Centre. Another NTS property.

Gift shop had a wide choice of gifts. I was drawn to the Outlander inspired ring. I asked to try them on for size if they had no ring size which I was told yes. I tootled off to the rings to begin my testing of the fitting. I tried the rings already on display and chose a size I wanted. Rather than buy a tester ring that fitted beautifully, I went for a boxed ring. That was my mistake. I thought I'd quickly put it on as a trial but I just could not get it off again! Sooooò funny! I bought it. I was going to get it anyways but just so you know, I did eventually manage to take it off with some skin now missing after using cold water and LOTS of soap at The Green Welly at Tyndrum. The ring was on the finger with another 3 rings and I just wanted the ring off to get the 3 rings off to put the ring back on, on it's own. If I get mugged for the ring, you'll have to cut my finger off coz it ain't coming off the finger. I won't be losing this ring.

But anyways that's my funny story but seriously cannot be drawn away from the breathtaking scenery as you drive through Glencoe. You can just feel the history! Photography cannot do this area, these mountains justice.

I am now intrigued by the mountaineering side of Glencoe. I am interested to find a non-fiction book about these characters over the years of mountaineering and especially those who lost their lives. With these Mountains being Scottish and no where near the heights of Mount Everest and K2 etc etc, it never crossed my mind to think that mountaineers would die. I'm interested in this now.

I would love to volunteer here but alas I am 3 hours drive away!

As at February 2022 there is still ongoing work on the eco Centre although for what I have no idea!

Wishing the centre a busy and prosperous 2022 tourist season!
Written 13 February 2022
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scottieYorkshire
Yorkshire153 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
The information available was good and the man in the shop who served me answered my questions about the massacre. The shop is very good although some items are pricey. I bought some books including the one about Glencoe and some childrens books.
The cafe is nice but there was a shortage of pies and other hot food when we were there at 1pm.
Written 23 May 2022
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Fredwin_H
Cambridge, UK57 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Couples
£4 to park, all for the pleasure of being channeled through their gift shop. The 'viewpoint' seemed to be just an area outside the centre building giving the same views as you'd get from the road. Turns out the centre isn't even in Glencoe, which is further up the valley along the road. After searching for any kind of map or information about walks from the centre, it looked like there's just one low-level circuit through the woods around the centre and then instructions to drive further along the main road to other carparks for any other walks. So what I just paid £4 for I don't know. So my advice is save your money and just drive yourselves along the main road instead!
Written 22 October 2021
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We are very sorry you feel the need to give such a negative review Fredwin. It sounds like you didn't get the chance to enjoy our cinema with a film all about the Glen and its history, our exhibition, our large 3D map and info boards that shows all the local walks, or talk to our knowledgeable team who can answer specific questions and give further recommendations?! Perhaps if you had spent a little more time doing these things your view would have been more positive... Our visitor centre is at the western end of Glencoe National Nature Reserve. We prefer to keep the heart of the Glen free from such development. We do not claim that all the walks begin here, but it is a great gateway to planning your visit and exploring further afield. It is a shame that you didn't explore 3min beyond our mountain viewpoint (which has to have some of the most picturesque picnic benches in Scotland!) as you would have discovered our unique reconstruction of a 17th century turf house, like people once lived in up and down the Glen. As our signage explains, the £4 we ask visitors to pay to park contributes both to the free facilities we offer at the visitor centre (not bad for an average £1.50 per person) AND towards all the conservation work our charity does here, looking after 14,000 acres, 40 miles of paths and all the mountain views you enjoy for free when you drive through the Glen. We hope you visit again one day to take advantage of all the things we offer at our visitor centre.
Written 14 November 2021
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Jeannie2207
Windsor, UK1,069 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2021 • Friends
Having driven into the car park and paid £4 for parking we discovered the Visitor Centre is closed on Tuesdays. It would’ve been helpful if this information was displayed on entry. While we were there a number of others drove in expecting to be able to visit. Some of whom had also paid £4 for nothing. Disappointing not to have been able to visit and very very annoying to have paid £4 needlessly.
Written 6 July 2021
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Dear Jeanne, we're very sorry that you paid to park not realising that our visitor centre was closed on a Tuesday right now. We do have several large A1 a-boards which are positioned along the drive into our car park stating that the visitor centre is closed that day and highlighting where the nearest toilets, etc, can be found. The walks remain open so some people choose to park with us to do these, even when our facilities are closed. Please reassured that every penny goes towards supporting our charity's conservation work, looking after Glencoe National Nature Reserve. Best wishes Team Glencoe
Written 30 July 2021
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