Lying in the famous Glen Coe valley just south of Fort William, close to the formidable Rannoch Moor, Glencoe Mountain Resort acts as a gateway to the highlands for a range of outdoor activities year-round.
With a dry slope at the resort base, Glencoe can offer skiing year-round. For the truly hardy, camping pitches and micro-huts make up for the distance to town – Glencoe or Bridge of Orchy villages are about 13 miles away in each direction, Fort William 30 miles distant.
The resort base offers plenty of parking and a café, kit hire and public facilities. There are then two more “bases” on the hill itself, with the Plateau Café next to the sledging and transceiver parks and hosting a first aid post as well as public facilities.
On the hill, there is a good variety of terrain but geared towards beginners, with plenty of blues and greens down the west side of the main basin and onto the plateau in the middle of the hill. If the conditions are good and the snow cannons have been allowed to do their job, access is available right to the base. The eastern side of the basin offers some brilliant tougher stuff, with Flypaper being one of the best steep runs in Scotland. From the summit of Meall a’Bhuiridh you can reach Dragon Bowl to the west, offering an adventure for even serious skiers – be warned, it is a considerable hike back up once you’re in!
The base café has re-opened for the 2023/24 season after being gutted by fire in December 2019, a welcome return for visitors all year round.
Glencoe Mountain is comparatively isolated, with few public transport options available. It is a reasonably easy 3-hr drive from Glasgow, or around 45 minutes from Fort William, the nearest major town.