Walk: Signal Rock - the Glencoe Massacre & mountain magic

Highland | Glencoe | Short walk | ★★★★

[Clachaig Gully seen from the Clachaig Inn]

Very few walks are as emotive as the short loop visiting Signal Rock in Glen Coe. This gnarled boulder is now surrounded by forest but is said to have been the place (though there is some doubt) where government forces commanded by Robert Campbell of Glenlyon gave the order to attack the local MacDonald clan. Contrast this sobering event with the feeling of elation when the wonderful sight of the Clachaig Gully and the end of the Aonach Eagach ridge is revealed from An Torr. The circuit is a quick one - rare for this fine glen, where many of the best spots involve more serious hikes - but conceals a handful of surprisingly steep sections; refuelling may therefore be required at the famous climbers' haunt of the Clachaig Inn near the finish.

[River Coe with the Aonach Eagach (left) behind]

📌 Walk: Signal Rock - the Glencoe Massacre & mountain magic ★★★★
Start / finish at car park on A82 3 mi southeast of Glencoe village, G.R.: NN 127564 ///occurs.dignify.battle

▶ 2 km / 1 mi | ▲ 100 m | ⌚ Short | Moderate
Features: Signal Rock; An Torr
Terrain: Clear paths but several short, steep ascents and descents. Multiple path junctions make navigation confusing - map recommended.

Route & map

Car park - footbridge over River Coe - Signal Rock - An Torr - Clachaig Inn - footbridge from earlier in route - start

Route credit: National Trust for Scotland (modified)
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On our visit

Wildlife: Deer in the forest; speckled wood butterflies, dragonflies and damselflies.
Weather: Mostly sunny with patchy mist on hills. Temperature in high teens, feeling humid.

Chronological photo guide

[Sgorr nan Fiannaidh & Clachaig Gully from the car park]

[Footbridge over the River Coe]

[Looking downstream]

[Looking upstream]

[Woodland path]


[Not Signal Rock...]

[Speckled Wood butterfly]

[Paths are steep in places]

[Signal Rock]

[Path to An Torr]

[View up the glen]

[Clachaig Gully seen from the Clachaig Inn]

[National Trust for Scotland sign]

[Link path between the Clachaig Inn and the car park]


  1. What a brilliant day for a walk! Truly magnificent!

    1. Thunderstorms were forecast but fortunately they never materialised :)


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