Trail of Rannoch
Braes of Rannoch
Rannoch and Rannoch
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Rannoch village lies on the River Tummel, at the eastern end
of Loch Rannoch
in the Breadalbane country of beautiful Highland Perthshire
Map ). The river flows eastwards through Dunalastair reservoir,
which is part of the Tummel Garry hydro-electric scheme, while
power-houses are situated at the far western end of the loch,
and also at Tummel Bridge. To the south-east of Kinloch Rannoch,
is Dalchosnie ( Map
) , where English invaders are said to have fought Robert the
Bruce in 1306, and farther south extends Glen Sassunn, beyond
which rise the peaks of the extensive 3,000 ft Carn Mairg group
was devastated by government troops after the 1745 rebellion.
The Atholl Brigade, the fighting men from Tummelside suffered
the greatest number of casuaties at Culloden.
The government knew that the Jacobite flame burned fiercely
in this area, and they intended to put it out for good. The
fugitive Jacobites hiding in the hills and forests could only
watch from the crags above as their homes were destroyed.
settlement of Kinloch Rannoch ( village
map ) originated after the 1745 rebellion. It is odd, that
since Kinloch means head of the loch, the village should be
situated at the foot. Similarly, as most Scottish rivers are
named after the loch from which they originate, it would be
have been expected that the River
Tummel would have been named Rannoch. After the 1745 rebellion
government Redcoats built roads from Tummel Bridge and around
the side of Schiehallion. The River
Tummel was then bridged at the settlement of Kinloch Rannoch.
At first, the village was to have been populated by retired
soldiers who would have been available to guard against further
rebellions, but retired soldiers proved unsuited to the slow
pace of Highland crofting life. Thus, for the first time, Rannoch
inhabitants were given leases to their very own few acres of
land. At one time it was intended to drive a road across Rannoch
Moor to Glencoe and thus make Kinloch Rannoch the central hub
of the Highlands of Scotland. Redcoats did indeed build a few
miles of road westwards from their barracks at the head of loch
but were unable to drain the desolate Rannoch
of the most famous men of that time was Dugald Buchanan who
was born, in the early part of the eighteenth century, in the
parish of Balquhidder, Perthshire. Little is known of Dugald
until he was found keeping a small school in a hamlet of his
native county, and in possession of much local fame as a writer
of devotional and pious verses. Some infuential persons, struck
by his talents, interested themselves in his fate, and soon
obtained for him the prominent position of schoolmaster and
lay preacher at Kinloch Rannoch, on the establishment of the
society for propagating Christian knowledge.
he first went to live in Kinloch Rannoch, the locals were so
uncivil, from the lack of religious instruction, that they hardly
recognised the sacred nature of the Sabbath. They were in the
habit of meeting at different places, on that day, to amuse
themselves with football and other sports. The parish clergyman
visited them once every three weeks; but, from the size of the
parish, he seems to have been unable to exercise any proper
control over them. Buchanan, it is said, invited them all to
come and enjoy their Sunday recreations with him, and when they
arrived, began to perform divine worship, which he seasoned
with a lecture on the sin of Sabbath-breaking. Though many were
put off at first, all of them became at length convinced of
the error of their ways, and Buchanan in time brought them into
a state of high religious culture, the effects of which are
said to be visible to this day in Rannoch. Dugald was, by all
accounts, very tender-hearted, insomuch, that when he heard
a pathetic tale recounted, he could not abstain from weeping.
He was equally subject to shed tears when his heart was excited
with joy, gratitude, and admiration. In his conversation, he
was known as modest, mild, and unassuming, and distinguished
by great affability. His poems and hymns, which have been repeatedly
printed, are equal to any in the Gaelic language. He died, on
the 2nd of July, 1768, under very painful circumstances. On
returning home from a long journey, he found two of his children
lying sick of a fever. Shortly after, six more of them were
seized by it, together with himself and two of his servants.
While his family lay in this sad condition, his wife could prevail
upon no one to engage in her service, and being herself in a
peculiarly delicate condition, she was unable to do much for
their comfort. The poor poet soon became delirious, and, in
a few days, he and all his family were swept off, leaving only
his wife to lament his fate, and her own melancholy condition.
Dugald Buchanan was laid to rest in Balquhidder and a monument
in his memory was erected in the centre of Kinloch
Rannoch has well-wooded roads on both north and south shores,
these roads converging some five miles east of the remote Rannoch
Railroad Station, which lies almost on the Argyll border. Near
the point where the roads meet, a mansion, known as The Barracks,
was erected for the troops after the '45. The desolate expanse
of Rannoch Moor stretches westwards from the railhead, and contains
Loch Laidon and Loch Ba. Beyond the ridge of the Black Corries
are the large Blackwater Reservoir and the small Lochan a Chlaidheimh,
the latter associated with a sword thrown into its waters by
a 15th century Earl of Atholl in connection with a land claim
against the Camerons.
the Moor, views of the lofty Black Mount, the Glencoe and the
Grampian mountains may be obtained. This country has been graphically
described in R. L. Stevenson's " Kidnapped. " Northwards
from Loch Rannoch, and linked by a tunnel aqueduct, lies the
lonely Loch Ericht, overlooked by the fine peak of Ben Alder,
3,757 ft, but not accessible by road except at the far north-east
extremity near Dalwhinnie. To the south-east of Kinloch Rannoch
rises the sharp quartzite cone of Schiehallion, 3,547 ft., one
of the best known landmarks and viewpoints in the Central Highlands,
and the focal point in the panorama from the famous Queen's
View near Loch Tummel.
whose name means either 'the Maiden's Pap' or the 'Seat of the
Caledonian Fairies' or the 'Fairy Hill of the Caledonians',
is one of the most romantic and interesting mountains in Scotland.
On the east side of the mountain lies the Maiden's Well, where
on the first of May, the girls from local villages would dance
and drink to bring health and good fortune for the year to come.
Schiehallion also has place in scientific history, as it was
on its slopes that an attempt was made to measure the mass of
the earth using the displacement of a pendulum, by
the then Astronomer-Royal, Nevil Maskelyne. Schiehallion Mountain
was chosen for this purpose due to its isolation and conical
shape. Coincidentally, many calculations to work out the absolute
geographical centre of Scotland arrive at spots very close to
this hill. Among those helping Maskelyne was William Mason who
invented the contour line. Mason gave his name to the 'Mason-Dixon
Line' which marked the boundary of the northern and southern
states of America.
Schiehallion, to the west, is Geal Charn, 2,593 ft., which rises
at the head of Gleann Mor. From the south shores of Loch Rannoch,
on the edge of the Black Wood of Rannoch, where the native Caledonian
pine is still to be seen growing, a path leads over the hills
giving access to Glen Lyon. Beyond the reservoir, to the east
of the village, a road diverges northwards, climbing to over
1,000 ft., and later descending through Glen Erochy to reach
Struan in Glen Garry. Another road climbs steeply on to the
moors to the south-east of Kinloch Rannoch, and after passing
the ruined St. Blane's Chapel at Lassintullich, goes close to
the lower slopes of Schiehallion on the way to the little Loch
Kinardochy near White Bridge.
Blane was the first missionary to visit Rannoch. He established
his cell in the old Druids Grove of Lassintullich ( Map
) where the early inhabitants worshipped by the ancient standing
stone. Here also was the sacred healing well which became known
as St. Peters Well which had been commonly used in pagan
times. His church was built on the place which has become known
as Tom an t Seipel or Chapel Hill, and it was consecrated with
sacred dust from lona. The present ruin occupies the site of
the ancient chapel and the present building recalls the primitive
architecture of the Celts with its small round headed window.
The standing stone has been inscribed with a cross by the Christians
in later years. St. Blane died in AD 590.
Chad who gave his name to Innerhadden ( Map
) was said to have found the people of this area in a sad state
but he laboured in the fields with them and encouraged them
so that it was said that he brought a new hope to one and all.
The grave yard said to be the site of his cell is set in a most
peaceful and beautiful grove overlooked by Schichallion. He
had many other cells to visit but he came to Rannoch once a
Moluag had a reputation for long journeys and it is not surprising
that he had frequent visits to this region. Both Dunalastair
and Carie claim to have connections with him.
Conan consecrated the old church of St. Conans with the
sacred dust from The Isle of lona. Killichonan ( Map
) burial ground is said to be the old churchyard. A St. Congan
is also mentioned as having been buried here so there may be
a confusion of names.
Other burial grounds in Rannoch have the names of Saints attached
to them; St. Lukes at Dunalastair with its ancient spring called
Argentine; St. Michaels of Camghouran and St. Maronaig of Carie
being examples. Although some say that there would appear to
be more saints than sinners in Rannoch at that time, there is
no doubt that these men brought great benefit to the area.
In later days the graveyards became particular clan burial grounds.
Killichonan contains the MacGregors, St. Michaels, the
Camerons, St. Lukes the Robertsons and Innerhadden and Lassintullich
is without doubt one of the most interesting, scenic, and rewarding
parts of Scotland. Despite its wild and unspoilt beauty it is
quite accessible being only 50 miles from Perth, a small mileage
as far as the Highlands are concerned. Kinloch Rannoch itself
makes an excellent base for enjoying wild scenery and yet at
the same time being well situated to explore Rannoch Station,
Pitlochry, Blair Atholl, Killiecrankie, Dunkeld, Aberfeldy,
Kenmore, Killin, Perth, Kenmore, Glen Lyon, Fortingall, Castle
Menzies, Moulin, Edradour Distillery etc. Wonderful walks abound
in Rannoch and there are opportunities to fish and golf in the
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