Brig O Turk is a small village in the Trossachs lying between Callander and Aberfoyle. The Trossachs is an outstandingly beautiful part of the Lomond and Trossachs National Park. If you are an Outdoors person then this area is perfect for you. There are miles of forest tracks to roam or cycle there is an sense of wilderness in areas such as the beautiful Glen Finglas or a along the shores of Loch Katrine, Loch Venacher or Loch Achray. You can fish or sail or just take in the scenery. Wild life is abundant from Red deer to Eagles.
Visitors can also take a trip on the steamship SS Sir Walter Scot along Loch Katrine, the more adventurous can take their bikes and cycle back. Loch Katrine has a visitor centre and restaurant as well as bike hire facilities. This whole area of the Trossachs and in particular Loch Katrine became quite popular in Victorian times because of the love that Sir Walter Scot had for its natural beauty.
Rob Roy Macgregor was born to Margaret Campbell and Donald Macgregor at Glengyle at the head of Loch Katrine (Loch Katrine is close to Brig o'Turk). He was baptized on the 7th of March 1671. Although Rob Roy was not Clan Chieftain to the Macgregors he did become War Leader.
The name Rob Roy actually is an Anglicized name from the Gaelic for Red Robert a name given to him because of the colour of his hair. There are many stories of Rob Roy's exploits which are recounted at numerous locations around the East of the National Park. His grave can be visited at Balquhidder Kirk yard.
Rob Roy is often portrayed as a tremendous protagonist, a naive man whose belief in honour and whose love for a woman, family, and clan make him a figure to cheer for. Whatever he was, there is no doubt that he was a villain who had the reputation of helping those who were less fortunate than himself, thus the legends began.