We planned to catch the bus into Glencoe this morning but it arrived ten minutes early so we missed it. The manager at Kings House was kind enough to give us a ride so we did not have to wait two hours for the next bus. The ride into town was amazing, passing beneath the Buachaille Etive Mor and Buachaille Etive Beag – ‘The great’ and ‘The little’ Shepherds of Etive, ‘The Three Sisters of Glencoe”, and Ossian’s Cave, a dark slash up the side of Aonach Dubh, one of the three sisters.
Buachaille Etive Mor
We were dropped off at the visitors center 1 1/2 miles out of town and found it to be filled with information about the area. The museum includes exhibits on early mountaineering and climbing history, the Glencoe Massacre, current environmental concerns. We found it delightful. We also received a donation of £10.00 ($20.00) for Project Africa. Once again we were reminded that it is small steps that accomplish the most.
After investigating the shops and a short 3/4 mile trail around the center, we walked a mile and a half to town in intermittent rain. We wandered around and had lunch in a small cafe and then visited various shops and a folk museum. The museum consisted of a hodge-podge collection of items from random sources. It had such things as toy railroad engines and cars, a display of dresses, daggers, knives, and a scian dubh that was said to have been used by the royal family in Edinburgh. Many of the items noted the claims of the donor along with the research done by the staff of the museum that confirmed or refuted the claims. It was an interesting collection and well worth the £2.00 admission.
Glencoe Folk Museum
We waited for the bus nearly an hour because I wanted to be sure we did not miss it and arrived back at the Kings House Hotel in time for dinner and conversation with more walkers. Since we had the short day in Crainlarich and this day off hiking, we had lost contact with the people we started the walk with. The group we met this time was 9 men from England who were doing a charity walk part of the way for the Heart Foundation and then climbing Ben Nevis. In conversation they were surprised to learn that we were walking for an international charity also. One man commented that he didn’t think that Americans did that. It was very gratifying that we could show them a different perspective.