Rannoch Snippets

 

An interesting cycle ride which is within reach of Rannoch is -

Starting at Kenmore ride down the south side of Loch Tay past the crannog through Acharn, Ardtalnaig and Ardeonaig. When you reach Killin go past the Falls of Dochart and through Killin until you reach the Glen Lochy Hotel. The turn off to Glen Lochy is on the left just after the Hotel. It does not have a sign post.The road leads a few miles up Glen Lochy and tells you that it is a no through road. In fact when you get to the end of the public road it is possible to turn right up the 'hydro road'. At this point you will see the large hydroelectric pipe coming down the hill from Glen Lyon. The hydro road climbs steeply and takes you over to Glen Lyon and Loch Lyon. The return route is down the entire length of Glen Lyon and then the Duneaves road leading through to Kenmore. The route could be about 50 miles and is quite energetic.

The south Loch Tay road carries a sign asking you to avoid running over red squirrels or words to that effect. It seemed justified in that I saw two red squirrels. It is encouraging that they are still there and not replaced by grey squirrels. The cloud was on the hill tops but it was dry and I came across a flock of about 50 goldfinches feeding on seed heads between the road and the loch. I saw ten buzzards in the cycle ride; three at once in Glen Lyon.

The Falls of Dochart at Killin are very attractive. The Island in the river is well wooded and has a rookery.

Glen Lyon seems like another world from long ago - hidden and mysterious. It is the longest glen in Scotland. At Bridge of Balgie about half way along there is a shop and tea room. This is well placed and popular. As I came down the hill to the shop I nearly ran over a slow worm. True to its name it was moving slowly. about five of us (others from the tea room) watched it cross the road and ensured that it did not get run over. Only one person thought it was a snake. It is, of course, a legless lizard which is rather fond of slugs. It was about a foot long and grey in colour.

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