Balquhidder and Strathyre

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 Monachyle 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.

Accommodation In Balquhidder

Things to Do

Activities

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

Events

Balquhidder Bike Festival

Strathyre Music Festival,  May

Mhor Music Festival, May

Ben Sheann Hill Race Strathyre, June

Balquhidder, Lochearnhead, & Strathyre Highland Games, July

The Braes of Balquhidder and "Rob Roy Country"

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.