From the mountainsides of the ‘Three Sisters of Glencoe’, three streams tumble down the hills and converge to form the picturesque waterfall the ‘Meeting of Three Waters’. These form the River Coe which widens as it flows along the Glen into Loch Achtriochtan, and then onto to the sea at Loch Leven, near the village of Glencoe itself.
Glencoe is a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts, whether hiking, skiing, mountain biking, kayaking, or white water rafting the area has earned its title of outdoor capital of Britain.
Glencoe is the remains of an ancient volcanic eruption which took place about 380 million years ago, now thankfully extinct. The glen itself is a U-shaped valley and is approximately 10 miles long and was formed by a glacier, in the ice age, and is known geologically as cauldron subsidence.
The well known mountains such as Buachaille Etive Mor and Buachaille Etive Beag (The Great and Little Shepherds of Etive) of Glencoe are formed from the oldest volcanic and sedimentary strata in the world, and were shaped and moved by the above mentioned cauldron subsidence.