From Balquhidder to Creag an Tuirc

Description


On the trail of the Highland outlaw, Rob Roy, a 'MacGregor despite them', and on to his final resting place.

2 Druimbeag, Kirkton, Lochearnhead FK19 8PA, Scotland 1.2 Miles 1.5 HoursMedium

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Essential Information

Paths: Forest road and hillside paths with 2 stiles
Landscape: Hills, lochs and woodlands
Dog Friendliness: Yes
Parking: At Balquihidder church
Public toilets: None on route

Interactive Walk Map


Detailed walking instructions


Walk Progress
Trees

Instruction 1

From the car park at Balquhidder church, walk along a dirt track, continue past a shed and cross a stile on the right-hand side, which gives access to the forest. Continue in the direction of the arrows on the green signposts pointing to Creag an Tuirc along a forest track and heading up the hill.

Gate

Instruction 2

Follow this obvious trail for about ½ mile (800m) then turn right, besides a green building, again following the clearly signposted route along a forest road. After ½ mile (800m) cross a gate on the right hand side, go slightly downhill on some stone steps and across a small stream.

Incline

Instruction 3

The path now heads uphill along some stone steps, through old pine trees and on towards the summit of a knoll.

Bridge

Instruction 4

A seat below the cairn is a grand place to rest after the climb up here. Sit for a while and enjoy the superb views over the meandering line of the River Balvag and the length of Loch Voil with the Braes of Balquhidder rising steeply above it. Now retrace your steps back down the hill but before reaching the top of the stone steps which you came up, take path to the left signposted 'Forest Walk'. This continues downhill following waymarked poles, down some steps and across a small bridge. The path goes through bracken, over a small stream and across a stile. Eventually it will pass through a small wood of young native trees before emerging on to the forest road.

Follow the path

Instruction 5

Make a left turn and retrace your steps back downhill over the stile and turn left to return to the car park.

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