On the 13th February 1692 thirty-eight men from the "Clan MacDonald of Glencoe" were killed killed by government forces who were billeted with them in the "Massacre of Glencoe". It was alleged that the men had not been prompt in pledging allegiance to the new monarchs, William and Mary. In 1835 the Iona cross was erected by a MacDonald in memory of his clansmen.
This beautiful glen is easily reached by car or by bus from Fort William. The A82 , the main road north runs through the glen and is described as one of the classic Highland journeys. The glen has become a popular tourist destination, particularly with walkers and climbers enjoying the quality of its winter climbing.