Balquidder Glen

Balquidder Glen has been important to Scottish history since neolithic times. Below the Manse there are remains of a stone circle, the Pudreag Stone, and there is a Neolithic chambered cairn further east. Robert the Bruce defied Edward I of England, and escaped through the glens. He rallied the surviving men in his army and won back Scottish independance at Bannockburn in 1314. There is a Bruce Cave (one of many), above Loch Voil at Craigruie in Balquhidder glen where he reputedly hid. The MacGregors made their first appearance in Balquhidder Glen after losing their ancestral lands in GlenStrae to the Campbells. There is a small ruinous MacGregor burial ground at the head of Loch Doine at the foot of Glencarnaig. The first burial here was early 18th century. Balquidder Glen is also famed for being the home of Rob Roy Macgregor. He died here in 1734 and was laid to rest in the churchyard. Follow signs to Balquidder from the A84 which takes you to and from Callander.