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Exploring Scotland’s Lost Valley

We took to the hills of Glen Coe this weekend on a mission to try and find The Lost Valley.

The valley’s official name is Coire Gabhail, nicknamed The Lost Valley because of it’s almost secretive location (it’s not on maps) and it’s history; the valley was once used by the MacDonald clan to hide cattle and other stolen livestock.

The drive up to Glen Coe provided amazing scenery, steep mountains and misty moors on either side of the road, a blanket of thick fog made the landscape even more dramatic (and also made it very hard to see the winding road in front of us!) .

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Once parked at the car park facing the three sisters (three hills standing next to each other) we took a minute to absorb the magnificent view in front of us, here in Scotland we really do have some of the world’s best landscapes.

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As you look at the three sisters, you can see two valley’s either side of the huge rounded mast of Gearr Aonach. To get to the Lost Valley, you must follow a path that takes you from the car park to the left hand valley. The walk is about an hour to reach the valley, but we went a little slower to take all the scenery in and snap some photos.

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The walk up is truly amazing, with water cascading down the numerous waterfalls you pass and huge boulders you can climb under. At some points it is quite steep and a bit of scrambling is required , but this is all part of the fun. At one point you come to a wide stream which you have to cross and of course I managed to let my foot slip and my foot took an icy plunge into the freezing water.

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But the effort and wet feet are all worth it when the path flattens out and you approach the Lost Valley. We took a picnic with us, so we chose a nice sheltered spot and ate our lunch surrounded by the steep hills. Then we got our drone out and gave it a fly, check out the amazing footage we got.

 

After the long 2 hour drive home we were knackered, but we both agreed that it was a Saturday well spent.

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  • Clazz - An Orcadian Abroad
    February 17, 2017 at 9:56 PM

    Holy crap, your drone footage is amazing! I’m planning to do some hiking around Scotland this year so I’ll have to watch out for this one. 🙂

    • Wanderfully Living
      February 17, 2017 at 10:35 PM

      Thankyou! You need to visit Glen Coe, it is full of great walks and the scenery is amazing, the lost valley is a hidden gem 🙂