Craig Varr is a crag that lies just to the North East of Kinloch Rannoch. It is a truncated spur (Geology) formed when a huge glacier flowed eastwards from Rannoch Moor ten thousand years or more ago. The ice sliced through the ridge that used to run down into the river valley and steep cliffs remain facing south and facing the sun. Like much of Scotland the flanks were covered in Caledonian pine forest until man came along and burned them or cut them down to help eradicate wolves and outlaws. Its lower slopes are wooded with birch and rowan and a gushing, gurgling delight of a burn cascades down to Brown’s garage in Kinloch Rannoch, finishing in a braided tangle of white rivulets over the dark schist and finally a plunge pool with a pebbly beach where children play. It’s good to look up at Craig Varr on a sunny day and see it on a backdrop of azure blue sky punctuated with calling black jackdaws at the apparent mercy of the wind. Higher there are ravens with their distinctive wedge shaped tails and deep calls like distant thunder rolling over the hills. Occasionally a peregrine falcon emerges, an arrow of a bird, a flying karate blow ready to stoop on unwary pigeons or jays. It strikes with its talons in a hundred mile-an-hour dive which can leave the victim decapitated but snatched from the air before its body hits the ground.
Craig Varr Viewed from under the bridge in Kinloch Rannoch
Loch Rannoch from Craig Varr
The hills of Glencoe can be seen in the distance and the Black Wood of Rannoch is on the South Shore.
The view from Craig Varr looking East with Dunalastair Water and then Loch Tummel. At the top right is Farrogan Hill where there is a barytes mine. (See Geology Page)
Kinloch Rannoch from the summit of Craig Varr. The dam is visible at the exit from Loch Rannoch. There used to be another exit from the Loch through the plantation at the top of the picture. The river Tummel winds its way through the village and past the base of Craig Varr. There are some recognised rock climbs on the cliffs of Craig Varr.
Below - views from Craig Varr - showing Schiehallion, Dunalastair Water and Loch Rannoch