Glencoe or Glencoe Village (Gaelic: A’ Chàrnaich) is the main settlement in Glen Coe in the Lochaber area of the Scottish Highlands. It lies at the north-west end of the glen, on the southern bank of the River Coe where it enters Loch Leven (a salt-water loch off Loch Linnhe). The village falls within the Ross, Skye and Lochaber part of the Highland council area for local government purposes. It is part of the registration county of Argyll and the lieutenancy area of Inverness for ceremonial functions. The use of the term 'Glencoe Village' is a modern one, to differentiate the settlement from the glen itself.
* Values derived from national statistics, might differ from the resort itself.
The ski season varies with the weather, but usually starts in November/December and runs until April/May. This ensures that natural seasons aren’t interrupted by artificial snow, potentially causing harm.
The resort lies within the Glencoe national nature reserve, host to spectacular natural mountains and rivers as well as animals. The Glencoe Special Area of Conservation (SAC) is nearby and ensures a safe space from which animals can migrate further into the Glencoe national nature reserve.
Glencoe Mountain Resort has a Snowfactory to create artificial snow and guarantee a start day to the winter season. The snow requires a lot of water to cover the resort in snow, yet water is in abundance in Scotland due to lakes and rainfall.
The Snowfactory offsets events such as in 2016 when the resort only had 32 days of skiing due to a lack of snow. This creates inconsistent season times, which are solved by the Snowfactory that can ensure a start date.
The ski resort is accessible by public transport. A Citylink bus travelling between Glasgow and Fort William stops at the Glencoe ski resort. From Fort William this bus takes around 51 minutes and costs 15£ to the resort, which is closer than Glasgow. Both Glasgow and Fort William are easily accessible by public transport, both by train or bus.
The Glencoe Mountain Resort has 6 EV charging hook-ups, with 3 different kinds of charge stations and 2 hook-ups each (Type 2, CCS/SAE, CHAdeMO). They are run by the ChargePlace Scotland network.
Source of Energy
With Scotland’s push to use more renewables, it currently produces most of its electricity from renewable energy. The Government estimated that on 2020, 56% of electricity was generated from renewables. 13% are still from fossil fuels, while 30% are nuclear. The Glencoe Mountain Resort therefore also uses mainly renewable energy, although currently has no extra renewable projects to curb the use of the national grid.
After the base station burned down in 2019, funding for a new station (around £500,000) has been secured. The base station will be built to help the resort reach net-zero by creating a more modern building, that is well insulated and therefore needs less power to run.