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This is where we’re headed this weekend – Glencoe. God’s country to us. Much as we love Dundee and its discoveries we do do have other places that touch the heart -Yorkshire and the Greek Island of Tilos for example. But Glencoe with its world class scenery is hard to beat. And the hospitality the craic the food the real ales and malt whiskies and quality live music here are what draw us back to the Clachaig Inn. There’s a long tradition of hospitality in Glencoe which is being kept alive to this day.

The most famous or perhaps notorious example was of course the massacre of 1692 when the Campbell clan on government orders massacred the McDonalds of Glencoe because they had not sworn allegiance to the Crown in time. This was after the people of Glencoe had given their killers copious hospitality for a week. To this day there’s still a tongue-in-cheek sign at the Clachaig reception desk which says “No hawkers or Campbells”. A few years ago someone with a sense of humour by-pass complained to a tabloid about it. I ask you!

The atmosphere in the Clachaig today is cosmopolitan and friendly. We have literally met people from all over. The last time it was an American couple from Savannah Georgia who loved their stay. Though when we met them they were downing real ale and single malts like there was no tomorrow. They had just experienced the driving on the A82.

Where a few miles before the Clachaig you will find the Devil’s Staircase – it’s a hill part of the West Highland Way. It’s a reminder of the darkness of the Massacre back in the day. Today it’s more a symbol of some of the driving on the road through the Glen. In the other pic my better half is seen looking for the Devil on his staircase. He never showed – probably knew what was good for him with she and me about.

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