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.
Walking – Ben Sheann (Strathyre), Creag an Tuirc, Kirkton Glen (Balquhidder)
Munros – Take in a couple of Munros (mountains over 3000 ft) at the west end of Balquhidder Glen
Sightseeing – Balquhidder Kirk and Rob Roy’s Grave, Bruce’s Tree at 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