Glenlochay is an area of outstanding beauty situated in what is renowned as one of Scotland’s most beautiful and ancient glens. Running from the equally awe-inspiring Glen Lyon to Loch Tay and to the village of Killin, this 14,000 acre estate remains almost totally unspoilt, and, forming the upper half of the glen, has complete privacy and seclusion to offer visitors.
“Thank you for a most comfortable stay.”
Debbie and family, Leicestershire.
There is much to explore in Glen Lochay.
Glen Lochay (Scottish Gaelic: Gleann Lòchaidhis) one of the most ‘unspoiled’ glens; it is about 20 miles long. It is an area of outstanding natural beauty and is renowned as one of Scotland’s most beautiful and ancient glens it remains a little known jewell offering complete privacy and seclusion
to offer visitors.
As you come out of the village and cross the bridge and turn into the glen the first building on t
he left is Bridge Park holiday cottage and there is a feeling of having stepped back in time. The
lower slopes to you right are an ancient woodland, once royal Forest of Mamlorn, that has
changed little over the centuries. There are no ‘forestry plantations’ but rather sympathetic
planting of various native deciduous and conifer varieties that attract a wide range of wildlife.
To the left is the flat, fertile farm land that straddles the River Lochay and is still worked, mainly
for grazing sheep and cattle. There is route of a seven-mile walk through this "delightful and
The top of Glen Lochay
At the top of the glen the views are breathtaking and the River Lochay rises out of Lochan
Charilein the grassland around which has been used for summer grazing since the middle
ages. There are still the foundations of eighteen of the shieling-huts that were summer dwelling
on a seasonal pasture high in the hills, particularly for shepherds.
Steeped in ancient Scottish clan history being a significant portion of land once owned by
here as a fugitive after his defeat by Alistair MacDougall of Lorne in 1306.
Today a tarmac road runs up the glen as far as Kenknock Farm and there is no vehicular
access beyond this point. A track leads further up the glen past cottages at Badour, then Batavaime farm, the last occupied building in Glen Lochay. The ruins of cottages can
be seen higher up the glen, these were vacated long ago. (click on the farm names for
suggestions for walks)