The campground at the rear of the Kings House Hotel is an excellent spot for basing yourself in the Glencoe region, be it for walking or climbing.
It is most popular for walkers of the West Highland Way to stop off at this venue on route to their walk from Milngavie (on the outskirts of Glasgow) to Fort William (a distance of 152km/95miles). This and the addition of climbers and hikers make this quite a busy place, especially during holiday weekends.
The ground conditions are generally good, although a lot of rain can make the ground. The campground is very open and the wind can blow very strong through here so make sure your tent is well pitched(learned this fact when my tent collapsed at 3am).
Pitches available - roughly 30 spots for tents
Cost - Free
Campfires allowed - No
There are a couple of signs detailing the basic rules that are expected to be followed.
The Kings House Hotel has a climbers bar at the rear of the main hotel which is usually busy. Drinks, good food and a friendly atmosphere are guaranteed.
Most evenings before sunset, the campground will have the local deer paying a visit to see what food is on the go. They are tamer here than at other points in the country, however please remember that they are WILD animals.
From Glasgow take the A82 road via Loch Lomond northbound direct to Glencoe.
Glencoe can also be accessed from Stirling, Perth or Edinburgh by joining the A85 road or from Fort William by joining the A82 road southbound.
Once past the ski centre take the first turning left into the Kings House Hotel(ample parking available) or continue past this turning and take the next turning right that doubles back on itself to take you to the rear of the hotel(small amount of parking available).
Although no direct route via train is available to Glencoe, it is possible to use the West Highland Railway line and travel to Bridge of Orchy from Glasgow Queen Street. From Bridge of Orchy you could walk or hitch hike into Glencoe. Train timetables are available here
A bus service runs daily from Buchanan Street bus station in Glasgow to Fort William and then to Skye. The service stops at numerous points along the A82. The first scheduled stop available in Glencoe is directly outside the Kings House hotel. A full timetable is available here
Glencoe Visitor Centre
The West Highland Way
Discover Glencoe & Loch Leven
Kings House hotel
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