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Glencoe is renowned for its rugged grandeur and cruel history but the little village of Glencoe is not often visited by the crowds who rush past the turn-off on the main road. This ensures that Potter's Cottage, a traditional, stone-built, detached Highland home, enjoys an atmosphere of peace and quiet in its remarkable position between the magnificent mountains on the one side and the shores of Loch Linnhe on the other.
Why the name? Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the third Harry Potter film, was partly filmed in Glencoe. The location sets around Clachaig Gully are no longer there but you can still see if you can guess where Hagrid's hut and the Bridge to Nowhere were situated. Other films whose location shots were filmed in Glencoe are Highlander, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and Rob Roy.
Potter's Cottage is furnished in traditional style, modestly but comfortably. Full gas central heating adds to the cosiness and the kitchen and bathroom have both been modernized. There is space for parking two cars at the side of the cottage and at the rear there is a spacious grassy garden (furniture, barbecue).
A short stroll along the quiet road takes you to a shop and pub. Also within easy reach are Highland Mysteryworld, the Glencoe Folk Museum and the Confectionery Factory Visitor Centre.
If you are an enthusiastic climber then you will obviously feel quite at home and will wish to remain in the area throughout your stay. However, those of a less active persuasion may wish to visit the main tourist centres of Fort William (16m, all facilities) and Oban (38m) which have plenty of attractions for visitors. In Fort William you will find a golf course, a leisure centre with squash, tennis, swimming, boat trips to view basking seals etc. as well as nearby Ben nevis and mountain biking and ski-ing in season at Aonach Mor. 28 miles away on the Oban road is the SeaLife Centre at Barcaldine. A visit here could be combined with one to the Cruachan power station which has been built right inside the mountain at Loch Awe. At Port Appin (19m) riding is available and there, too, you will find Aird's Hotel famous for its gourmet restaurant.
Fort William is situated at the start of the Road to the Isles. A two hour drive will take you to the beautiful silver sands of Arisaig or to Ardnamurchan over the Corran Ferry. For something completely different take a trip on the West Highland Line steam railway from Fort William to Mallaig (and, still on the Harry Potter theme, cross the 'Hogwarts Viaduct' on the way).
No matter what your activities, you will return each day to your comfortable base at Potter's Cottage to relax and unwind.
Heating is by gas-CH (included), and open-fire. Bed-linen is INCLUDED and towels can be hired. Sorry, no pets and no smoking within the cottage.
Accommodation (sleeps 4):
- Sitting room with open-fire and TV/Video/DVD and CD player.
- Dining room.
- Kitchen with electric cooker, microwave, washing machine, tumble drier, fridge/freezer etc.
- Family room with a double and single bed.
- Double-bed room.
- Bathroom with bath, shower, WC and basin.