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Balquhidder - Loch Lomond and Trossachs East

The village of Balquhidder lies in central Scotland and is mainly known for being the burial place of Rob Roy. The village consists mainly of shop or two and some fabulous scenery. Every summer for the last many years Balquhidder has hosted a summer music series of classical concerts. The concert series started in the summer of 1986 and is aimed at promoting the enjoyment of classical music. The concerts are organised in association with the "Friends of Balquhidder Church". They are performed in the local church which is also the burial place of the infamous Rob Roy McGregor. 

The scenery in the Balquhidder Glen area and Loch Voil to the West of Balquhidder is quite simply stunning. For those who like to get out and about, there are a number of munro's which are easily accessible from Loch Voil. Stob Binnein, Ben More, Beinn Tulaichean, Cruach Ardrain and Beinn a'Chroin. There is also good cycling as there are miles of quiet roads and the National Cycle Track no. 7 goes through this area.



If you like fishing, then Balquhidder is a good base as there are numerous lochs and rivers where you can get permits for fishing in this beautiful area. Many people base themselves in this area and then fish in a different location every day. Some of the many lochs, all within a short drive of Balquhidder, include Loch Doine, Loch Voil, Loch Earn, Loch Lubnaig and numerous lochans and rivers

Rob Roy Mcgregor was a notorious thief who was born at Glengyle, Loch Katrine and who despite his dangerous lifestyle died peacefully in his bed at home aged 63 at Inverlochlarig Beg on the 27th December 1734 and was buried at the church yard in Balquhidder. The story of his life is contradictory in some texts but most people believe that he was doing his best to help his family and friends during this particularly difficult era in Scottish history. Many Scots of good upbringing were branded as thieves by an oppressive system which had little time for the hardships of the people of Scotland.

Rob Roy Macgregor, Balquhidder, Loch Voil and Kingshouse in the heart of the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park


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