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Visit Glencoe Scotland – To Seek Harry Potter Film Locations

The journey through the vast, deer­’ studded Rannoch Moor to the valley of Glencoe Scotland is one of Brit­ain’s most dramatic. The landscape has inspired generations of artists, writers, and filmmakers, drawn to its mystique whether the peaks are cloaked in mist or framed with a perfect blue sky. Today, as many visitors come to seek Harry Potter film locations as to pay tribute to history, but the shadows of the Shepherd of the Etive (Buachaille Etive Mor) and the towering Three Sisters still serve as a reminder that this part of the West Highlands has a dark past. Glen Coe was the site for Scotland’s most infamous massacre in 1692, when sol­diers of the Campbell clan, after receiv­ing hospitality from the MacDonalds, slaughtered their hosts on government orders. There were 37 people killed out­right, but of those who escaped into the freezing hills, as many again died from exposure. Today the massacre and other aspects of local history are remembered at Nation­al Trust for Scotland’s Glencoe Visitor Centre (opening hours vary 0844 493 2222) and there are more artifacts on show at Glencoe Folk Museum, in the village itself. Though much of the local folklore echoes the events of 1692, the Tolkien-esque landscape is also the source of more tra­ditional myths, including tales of witch­es, singing fairies, and a dragon who lived in a hollow high in Beinn Bheithir (Thunderbolt Mountain) near Baila­chullish, and would plunge through the skies to prey on the villagers beneath. The National Trust is responsible for maintaining the many miles of footpath around Glen Coe, which is on the West Highland Way route, but only Mother Nature can ensure the best conditions for racing down the Fly Paper piste at Glencoe Mountain resort, Scotland’s oldest ski center. Less dependent on the elements is the Ice Factor, in the village of Kinlochleven on Loch Leven. The activity center hous­es the world’s largest indoor ice wall. Traveling To Glencoe Scotland From Glasgow, the A82 via Cri­anlarich goes through Glencoe to Fort William. There are regu­lar trains between Fort William and Glasgow and bus services between Glasgow, Fort William, and Inverness. Ferries leave Mull for Ardnamurchan and a bus service from Fort William goes to Loch Ailort. Myth and Mystery On the sheer slope of Aonach Dubh, one of the Three Sisters, is Ossian’s cave, a cavity high in the rock where legend has it the ancient poet found shelter.

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