BALQUHIDDER

Balquhidder is a small hamlet located in rural Stirlingshire. Overlooked by the dramatic mountain terrain of the Braes of Balquhidder at the head of Loch Voil. Balquhidder church and Rob Roy’s grave are a popular sightseeing spot. There are a number of walks in the area, including Kirkton Glen and Creag an Tuirc and the National Cycle Network that connects several villages.

Balquhidder is a small hamlet that takes its name from the glen in which it stands.  The glen is a cul-de-sac, with its western end in the maze of mountainous country north of Loch Katrine and south of Ben More. Balquhidder Glen is a popular Scottish venue when fishing for trout, bird watching, cycling and walking.

The annual Balquhidder Bike Fest Funday takes place on the National Sustrans Cycle route which passes through the village. At the head of the Glen you will find the Monachylle Mhor Hotel, host to the annual Mhor Festival which attracts visitors to listen to music and join in the fun and games over a weekend in May, there is a fun packed programme of events for families.

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The area is steeped in Scottish history. The local Kirkyard is the final resting place of Rob Roy McGregor, where his grave is marked with the defiant motto ‘MacGregor Despite Them’. Balquhidder Kirk is open to the public during the summer months. Here you will find  a display on the history of Balquhidder and the local clans. 

Behind the present Kirk is Tom nan Aingeal, the hill of fire, where until the 19th century hearth fires were renewed at Beltane and Samhain to encourage the ancient gods to bring warmth to the land.

The glen hosts the annual Mhor Festival, a summer celebration of food and music.

Balquhidder Station is a small hamlet at the former stop on the Oban line of the railway. From Callander to Lochearnhead much of the route now forms the Sustrans cycle path route 7.

Did you know? Robert Kirk, author of “The Secret Commonwealth of Elves, Fauns and Fairies” (1893) was once minister at Balquhidder Kirk.

PROPERTIES IN BALQUHIDDER

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Visit the old Balquhidder Kirk and Rob Roy’s grave

Walk up the path behind the churches for 10 – 15 minutes to the ‘Clan MacLaren meeting place’ at ‘Creag an Tuirc’, a vantage point with breathtaking views down the glen

Explore the Kirkton Pass above the kirk

Drive up Glen Buckie for a taste of the total peace and the chance to see the red deer in the tranquillity of this peaceful glen

Take in a couple of Munros (mountains over 3000 ft) at the west end of Balquhidder Glen

See Bruce’s Tree growing out of solid rock about half way along Loch Voil

Continue up the road west of the village for some wonderful views over the lochs with unbelievable reflections in these unusually calm waters

Fishing – many opportunities for fishing in the locality, including Loch Earn and Loch Voil

Golf – several golf courses within an easy drive of Balquhidder, at St. Fillans, Comrie and Callander

Cycling – easy access to the Sustrans Route 7 Cycle Network

Balquhidder Bike Festival

Strathyre Music Festival,  May

Mhor Music Festival, May

Ben Sheann Hill Race Strathyre, June

Balquhidder, Lochearnhead, & Strathyre Highland Games, July