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Issue 58 - Glencoe Reflections

Scotland Magazine Issue 58
August 2011

 

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Glencoe Reflections

Loch Achtriochtan may be a bit of a tongue twister (try Loch Ak-treeocktan) but its situation within the heart of Glencoe, right beside the A82 road, which splits the glen, means it commands a superb position. Fed by the River Coe, the small but perfectly formed Loch Achtriochtan sits inbetween the site of the Massacre of Glencoe and Ossian’s Cave (Ossian, the mythical Gaelic Bard, was supposedly born near Loch Achtriochtan) and is surrounded on both sides by the vertical buttresses of the Three Sisters of Glencoe (Aonach Dubh, Gearr Aonach and Beinn Fhada) and the serrated, 2km ridge of the infamous Aonach Eagach whose great pinnacles and chimneys provides the hill walker with one of the most demanding mountaineering trips.

Loch Achtriochtan is therefore hemmed in by these precipitous walls and autumn is possibly the best time to visit this wonderful loch as the russets, oranges and reds that adorn the mountain slopes during the season are beautifully reflected in the loch, as is the drama and atmosphere of Glencoe. The sun will also still climb above the 3000ft+ mountains (during winter the low sun will not reach certain sections of Glencoe) lighting the summits and providing wonderful light, shadow and texture.