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Crianlarich lies on the western fringes of Perthshire at the junction of Glen Falloch, Glen Dochart and Strath Fillan.

In the 21stC it is a junction of roads from the north, south and east while in the 19thC it became a railway junction. The railway from Glasgow to West Coast still passes through Crianlarich.

In the 7thC St Fillan established a monastry in Glen Dochart. At Kirkton, 5km to the north, the foundations of St Fillan's Priory can still be seen and legend has it that the saint is buried there.

At Tyndrum, 8km to the north of Crianlarich, Robert the Bruce was defeated in 1306 by the MacDougalls. The famous Brooch of Lorne was lost by Bruce and is a treasured possession of the MacDougalls.

Lead was discovered at Tyndrum in 1741 and was mined until 1862. More recently gold has been extracted!

2km east of Crianlarich, on an island, lies the ruins of Loch Dochart Castle built by Black Duncan Campbell of Glenorchy around 1620. In 1646 the castle was destroyed by the MacNabs. The castle is often associated with Rob Roy MacGregor but it would have been a ruin even in his times (circa. 1710).

In 1750 the roads first reached the village as military roads from Stirling and Dumbarton following the natural valley routes. In 1873 the east-west railway leading to Oban arrived and in 1894 the north-south line from Glasgow to Fort William also passed through Crianlarich. These railway companies competed to the extent that the lines didn't initially interconnect!

 

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