The Glencoe Lochan Trails are situated in Scotland, in the scenic area of Glencoe. The trails are named after the nearby Lochan, a small freshwater body.
These trails were created by Lord Strathcona in the 19th century, who was homesick for his native lands in Canada. To help his Native American wife feel at home, he created the North American-themed forest with species native to Canada. The trail gives you the impression of being in the Canadian Rockies rather than Scotland.
The trails are accessible all year round, and there is no entrance fee.
There are three trails - the Lowland, Woodland, and Mountain trails. All of them are well maintained and way-marked, with the total distance of the routes varying from 1km to 2.5km (0.6 to 1.5 miles). The paths wind through an attractive mix of plantation and native woodland with viewpoints that offer stunning panoramic vistas of the surrounding mountains.
As for what to bring, usual hiking gear depending on the weather, is advised. This includes good walking shoes, warm and waterproof clothing, food and water, and possibly a map or a GPS device.
The trails are relatively easy to walk, though they can be steep in places, especially the Mountain trail. Most are suitable for most ages and fitness levels, but some might be challenging for those with mobility issues.
Remember, conditions can change rapidly in the mountains, so always check the weather before you go. Always let someone know where you are going and when you expect to be back, especially if you are going alone. It's also worth noting that midges (tiny biting insects) can be a nuisance in the summer so insect repellent could be helpful.