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Creag an Tuirc

This high knoll overlooking Balquhidder offers superb views over the village and glen and is well worth the walk from the church and graveyard where Rob Roy is buried.

‘Creag an Tuirc’ translates from Scottish Gaelic as ‘The Boar’s Rock’. This crag is also the ancient rallying place of Clan MacLaren, who gathered up here.

To access it, there is limited parking near the churchyard in Balquhidder, which is well-signed as the site of Rob Roy’s grave. From here, follow the direction arrows on the green signposts pointing to Creag an Tuirc along a forest track and heading up the hill. The hike is steep overall, but when you reach the memorial cairn and the bench the views will greatly make up for the effort.

View over Balquhidder Glen

You can see the meandering line of the River Balvag and the length of Loch Voil with the Braes of Balquhidder rising steeply above it. Looking south there is an aerial view of the village, Glen Buckie beyond and a backdrop of Benvane.

The distance of the walk is approximately 2.5 miles/4 km and it will take you 1 – 2 hours to complete it. Click here for more information about the hike, including a map.

Balquhidder Glen from the memorial cairn

Before you go…

You’ll often find yourself in locations such as working farms, estates and areas protected for their conservation value, and we hope all our visitors will act responsibly and respect their surroundings, while having a safe and enjoyable time in the National Park.

  • Always ensure you are prepared; information and practical advice on how to stay safe can be found by reading about Safety and skills in the mountains from Mountaineering Scotland and on our ‘Respect Your Park & stay safe‘ page.
  • Be aware that the owners of the land you are crossing might be engaged in deer management and other farming activities and you can help minimise the chance of disturbance. Read more about it in the Heading to the Hills practical guide.

Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park Authority cannot be held responsible for any accidents, injuries or damage sustained whilst hiking in the Park. All persons taking part in such activities do so at their own risk, acknowledging and accepting the risk of accident, injury or damage.

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