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Kirk Road through the Lairig Ghallabhaich
Kirk Road through the Lairig Ghallabhaich

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Kirk Road through the Lairig Ghallabhaich

Start location: Innerwick (NN 587 475)
End location: roadside at Dall (former Rannoch School) (NN 597 569)

Geographical area: Perth, Kinross and Stirling (part)
Path Type: Drove Road
Path distance: 10.2km
Accessibility info: Suitable for pedestrians, Suitable for Bikes

Route Description

From the church at Innerwick in Glen Lyon, 1km east of Bridge of Balgie, follow the track NNW up the east side of the stream, then in 1km turn NNE to the Lairig Ghallabhaich (478m), also known as the Kirk Road. Continue down along the Allt Droilichean and into the forest until the stream turns northeast. At that point there is a cross-roads, go straight ahead past a small lochan to reach Dall (the former Rannoch School) at the foot of the Dall Burn.

If you're thinking of biking this old route, we hear it includes a little bit technical landrover track, but is beautiful and super enjoyable. To get a further idea of what to expect, here is a link to Markus Stitz' video which includes this route, the Drove Road between Dalnaspidal and Loch Rannoch and the Callander & Oban Railway.

OS Landranger 51 (Loch Tay)

Heritage Information

The route from Innerwick to Dall is shown as a road on Stobie’s 1783 map of Perthshire. It is part of an old drove road which can be picked up again further south heading through the Lairig Breislich to Duncroisk and thence to Killin.

The present church at Innerwick is a Telford parliamentary church, built in 1828 replacing a earlier building. Inside the church is an eighth century bell, known as St Adamnan's bell.



Copyright: Alan O'Dowd | Credits: NN585478 looking NNW along the Kirk Road (2014). An old route from Loch Rannoch to the kirk at Innerwick in Glen Lyon.

Copyright: Alan O'Dowd | Credits: NN588501 Lairig Ghallabhaich looking NNE approaching high point on route between Glen Lyon and Loch Rannoch (2014). Another track seen here doubling back towards the Allt Ghallabhaich may be associated with a small hydro-electric scheme.

Copyright: Lis Burke | Credits: NN589504 looking SSW. (2007). The Allt Ghallabhaich flows along a steep V shaped glen below the Lairig (pass) which takes its name.





Copyright: ronnie leask | Credits: Saint Adamnan's Bell, Innerwick (2007). This bell now preserved within the church at Innerwick dates from the 8th century. St.Adamnan was the biographer of Saint Columba and was the 9th abbot of Iona. Copyright: Lis Burke | Credits: NN591509 Lairig Ghallabhaich looking SSW (2007). As you travel south on the Lairig you get good views of the hills above Glen Lyon. Copyright: Lis Burke | Credits: NN591517 Lairig Ghallabhaich looking NNE (2007). This ancient track crosses the high ground between Innerwick in Glen Lyon and Carie next to Loch Rannoch. Rannoch Forest shows up on the skyline.
Copyright: Alan O'Dowd | Credits: NN582486 Gate on the track to the Lairig Ghallabhaich (2014). This track follows an old route from Loch Rannoch to the kirk at Innerwick in Glen Lyon. Copyright: Richard Webb | Credits: NN585492 looking south. Lairig Ghallabhaich road, A track within young conifers in Glen Lyon (1991). Copyright: Richard Webb | Credits: NN591515 Lairig Ghallabhaich looking south (2015). A pass with a rough road, between Glen Lyon and Loch Rannoch.
Copyright: Richard Webb | Credits: NN592520 Lairig Ghallabhaich looking SSW (2015). The rough road over a pass between Loch Rannoch and Glen Lyon. I once struggled over here through deep snow, and as soon as I got home, I bought skis. Copyright: Richard Webb | Credits: NN593525 the Lairig Ghallabhaich road looking SSW (2015). A route between Loch Rannoch and Glen Lyon leaves Rannoch Forest. There is a gate which can be opened here. Copyright: Richard Webb | Credits: NN593529 Beinn Dearg and the Lairig Ghallabhaich looking SSE (2015). The road runs through Rannoch Forest and through a pass to Glen Lyon.
Copyright: Richard Webb | Credits: NN595530 Rannoch Forest, looking north along the Lairig Ghallabhaich road (2015). The descent towards Loch Rannoch.


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