Glencoe, Highland

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

Glencoe Village (Gaelic: A’ Chàrnaich[1]) is the main settlement in Glen Coe, Lochaber, Highland, Scotland. 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 term 'Glencoe Village' is a recent one (appearing on a few road signs only in the last 20 years to differentiate it from Glencoe itself), however the setting in Glencoe valley is quite historic as it is near the site of the massacre of MacDonalds and Hendersons by the Campbells in the 1690s, acting on the orders of King William III. The village occupies an area of the glen known as Carnoch. Native Gaelic speakers who belong to the area always refer to the village as A'Charnaich, meaning "the place of cairns".[2] 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.

Within Glencoe Village there is a small village shop (now a Nisa), Episcopal Church of Scotland kirk, Glencoe & North Lorn local history museum, Post Office, Glencoe Mountain Rescue Team centre, an Outdoor Centre, numerous quality bed and breakfast establishments, and a small primary school. Several eating establishments are around including the Glencoe Hotel, Glencoe Cafe, Crafts & Things situated in Glencoe village, and Clachaig Inn situated further up the glen. 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 in the historic county of Argyll, although this part of Argyll now lies in The Highland Region.

The village, where the infamous Massacre of Glencoe took place, sits at the entrance to Glen Coe and 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.

Well known residents include Hamish McInnes inventor/constructor of the McInnes Stretcher, widely used by mountain rescue teams; and Jimmy Saville TV pesonality and a former Chieftain of the Lochaber Highland Games has a house in Glen Coe itself.

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