Pass of Glencoe (A82)

[Looking east at sunrise from near Glencoe ski centre towards Rannoch Moor]

Every time we pass through it our jaws unhinge. Glencoe hardly needs introducing as one of Scotland's most dramatic and famous glens, its fame done no harm by awe-inspiring views even from the car. Approaching from Bridge of Orchy to the south, the A82 climbs via wide hairpins onto a fast road across the barren expanse of Rannoch Moor, dotted with lochans which are often frozen in winter. Gradually, majestic peaks begin to rise out of the flat landscape ahead: Glencoe ski centre on Meall a' Bhuiridh to the left first. The crowning jewel is next in line: Buachaille Etive Mòr, possibly Scotland's most iconic mountain and amazing even from the tarmac. The glen narrows beyond with further Munros towering on either side. After a series of sharp bends and a steep descent past a waterfall, the rocky walls relent a little before you arrive at Glencoe village on the shore of Loch Leven.

[Buachaille Etive Mòr from the A82]

Name: Pass of Glencoe (A82) ★★★
Location (west summit): A82 near Altnafeadh, G.R.: NN 215560 ///positions.heat.bikers
Start (east): Bridge of Orchy, G.R.: NN 298396 ///dives.polishing.flow
Finish (west): Glencoe village turnoff, G.R.: NN 097587 ///envisage.general.motoring

Distance: 38 km / 24 miles
Height gain: 340 metres
Type of road: Surfaced A-road, suitable for all vehicles
Open: Always, except after exceptional snowfall
Cost: Free

[A82 across Rannoch Moor, seen from Buachaille Etive Mòr (May 2016)]

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