A small village 5 miles North of Crianlarich in the heart of hillwalking country around Glen Lochy. It lies in Strathfillan, at the southern edge of Rannoch Moor. The name translates as “the house on the ridge” and is of Gaelic origin. The village is overshadowed by the Munro, Ben Lui. Tyndrum lies within Breadalbane, ‘The High Country’, and is characterised by long glens and the surrounding open upland hills with their peaks, rocky outcrops, gullies and screes. Key hills include Ben Lui, Ben Oss and Beinn Dubhchraig (all Munros), to the south of the village. The open upland hills dominate the upper reaches of the glens forming high rocky summits and ridgelines, with a feeling of wildness, remoteness and exposure. Hillwalkers travel from near and far to explore the area and witness its beauty
Tyndrum is built over a battlefield. The battle of Dalrigh, where Clan MacDougal defeated Robert the Bruce (made famous by the 1996 film Braveheart) and took the Brooch of Lorn from him, was fought in 1306 AD. It is said that to allow for a swift retreat, the King threw his sword into a nearby Loch and ordered his men to discard their heavy weaponry into it. The Loch is now aptly-named ‘The Loch of the Legend of the Lost Sword’, after Robert’s own massive sword that was reputed to have been over 6 feet in length. A small stone bench is now placed on the West Highland Way at the site of the battle. It is also reported that another famous Scottish figure, Rob Roy (also immortalised in film) had a close call escaping from the rear window of the local village Inn whilst his pursuers entered via the front door.