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Glencoe Annual Appeal

With help from over 200 appeal donations and the generosity of our friends at Scottish Heritage USA, NTSUSA met its goal to contribute $100,000 to the Trust’s interpretive and archaeological work at Glencoe.

Thanks to your support, the stories that this iconic landscape tells will be illuminated for visitors from around the world.

Read on to learn more about the projects that this appeal is supporting at Glencoe.

Millions of years ago, violent volcanic eruptions threw mountains against the sky, and vast glaciers sculpted Glencoe’s deep valleys. But it was in 1692 that this majestic landscape secured its place in Scottish history as the site of the tragic massacre of 38 members of Clan MacDonald.

Today, Glencoe is recognized around the world as the setting for films like Skyfall, Braveheart, and Harry Potter. And Glencoe is a natural playground for hundreds of thousands of visitors who experience the beauty, wilderness, and wildlife of this spectacular corner of Scotland each year.

The Land Beneath Our Feet

We care for Glencoe’s mountain trails and its fragile biodiversity – our National Nature Reserve is home to eight Munros (Scottish mountains over 3,000 feet) and a delicate ecosystem of wildlife, birch woodland, moorland, and peat bog. By building a new low-level heritage trail from the visitor center to the glacier-carved slopes of Glencoe’s mountains, we’ll open this marvelous landscape to more people every day.

A Roof o'er Their Heads

Did you know that National Trust for Scotland archaeologists have discovered a settlement in the glen that would have been a bustling township at the time of the Glencoe massacre? We have exciting plans to excavate this site, revealing the forgotten history of how Highlanders used to live and work. We’re also planning to reconstruct one of the settlement’s traditional turf houses, which will allow visitors to experience the realities of 17th-century life firsthand – including the smoky pleasures of a traditional peat fire!

Project Update from Glencoe

While work has been temporarily suspended due to the global coronavirus pandemic, the project has reached important milestones toward completion and will resume as soon as it is safe to do so. Read our blog post for an updated report on what has been done and what is left to do!

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