The 130 square kilometre moor is located on a plateau 300 to 400 metres above sea level and is largely uninhabited. It has a triangular shape: Loch Rannoch lies to the east, Loch Tulla to the south and the Glen Coe valley to the west. The moor is completely unsuitable for agriculture and therefore one of the last untouched landscapes in Scotland. Peat swamps, watercourses, ponds and lakes alternate with each other. The moor is fed by water from the surrounding high mountains. The A82 road crosses the southwest of Rannoch Moor on the way from Glasgow to the north.
Hiking across the “Valley of Tears”
The “Valley of Tears” has a bloody history: In 1691 the English King William III pardoned all Highland clans who had fought against him. The condition, however, was that they had to swear allegiance to him. Those who refused were sentenced to death. After the Clan MacDonald had agreed only reluctantly, his boss went erroneously to Inverlochy and he reached Inveraray only after the deadline. Thus the whole clan was denied the pardon. The royal soldiers carried out the massacre at Glencoe, in which the inhabitants of the valley died. Today one of the most beautiful hiking trails in Scotland begins there. (10 kilometers, 6 hours, up and down: 1,070 meters)
Included in the:
Scottish Heritage Pass (Glencoe Visitor Centre)
Wilderness hike in the misty Valley
Moss, stones, wind and stormy forests: Above Kinlochleven, a settlement of miners with almost 1000 inhabitants, there is a wild and lonely high moorland, which is suitable for a circular hike. The barren heath landscape offers wide sweeping views across Loch Leven, which get lost in the twilight of the clouds. On the way back you cross an exposed ridge between two river valleys. (Return: 9 kilometers, 3:30 hours, up and down 385 meters)