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Delve into prose of the past

We know that Wordsworth and Coleridge have stayed at Kingshouse and Gaelic bard Duncan MacIntyre stayed frequently (despite being born in nearby Bridge of Orchy)

Glencoe has inspired so many writers over the centuries, and here we highlight a few worth looking out for a total Glencoe immersion during your visit…

The New Road, Neil Munro,

Written in 1914 and set in 1733 a romantic tale of a boy from Inveraray who travels north to investigate his father’s disappearance whilst in battle. There’s a rather dramatic episode at Kingshouse involving some outwitting by the young man. It’s a brilliant tale of discovery and self-discovery and a very well written account of the time.

Munro might be better known to some as the creator of Para Handy. A good tip is that it’s a “Forgotten Classic” and has been republished and you can even download a copy for your kindle, mac or iPad from the Neil Munro society direct.

Thomas Pennant, A Tour in Scotland

Pennant was a travel writer of his day and wrote books about his travels from his home in Wales on expeditions in the UK and abroad.

His A Tour in Scotland was carried out on horseback, travelling from June 1769 for three months, documenting the scenery, the habits of those he met and the nature he saw. They were accompanied by drawings, made into engraved plates for the published books and were the only way for people to find out about these little known faraway places.

Again, thanks go to good old Amazon – although you need a little forward planning to read whilst in the Highlands – print copies only


Corrag, Susan Fletcher

Bringing Glencoe’s dark history to life in fiction. Written in the current century, this book steps back to 1690’s This book tells the story of the Massacre of Glencoe, where members of the Macdonald Clan were attacked and killed by government forces for failing to pledge prompt allegiance to the new Monarchs of the day. Told through the eyes of a fictitious character, Corrag, this dramatic, dark tale is set less than a mile from the hotel.  Available for download or paper form.