Glencoe Lochan is a picturesque lake in the heart of Glencoe, Scotland. Its creation dates back to the late 19th century when feeling homesick; Lord Strathcona decided to transform a part of his estate into a North American-style landscape for his Native American wife. Hence, the lochan, or small lake, was born.
The name "Glencoe Lochan" is derived from the Gaelic language, with "Glen Coe" meaning the "Glen of Weeping" and "Lochan" translating to "small lake." The Glen Coe area has a rich history and is famously known as the site of the Massacre of Glencoe in 1692.
The area surrounding Glencoe Lochan is a beautiful mix of native and plantation woodland. The trees around the lake are primarily coniferous species, many native to North America. These were intentionally planted to give the area its Canadian ambience and include species like Sitka spruce, western hemlock, and mountain hemlock.
The trail around Glencoe Lochan is considered one of the most straightforward and accessible in the area. The path is well-maintained, primarily flat, and suitable for people with limited mobility. Its accessibility and stunning views make it a favourite among visitors of all ages.