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The ancient droving and coffin route from Glen Lyon to Tyndrum

An ancient droving and coffin route from Glen Lyon to Tyndrum

This linear route steeped in history is largely on tracks.  It traverses some remote countryside and there are numerous fords which may need wading in wet conditions.  From the east end of Loch Lyon the route follows a right of way along the north side of the loch which was used by the MacGregors of Glen Lyon carrying their dead to the clan burial ground in Glenorchy and was also part of the droving route from Skye to Crieff.  The route then goes west over the pass between Beinn Mhanach and Beinn nam Fuaran before going down to the ruined house at Ais-an t-Sidhean, once the home of the Gaelic poet Duncan Ban MacIntyre.  The track descends south west beside the Allt Kinglass down Auch Gleann and under the long viaduct of the West Highland Railway  before joining the West Highland Way for the last 5km south to Tyndrum.

If you would like to see a route map in Google Earth for this walk, please  click here to download – Tryst_H_Glen_Lyon.  You will need to have Google Earth downloaded on your PC/tablet in order to view.  This file will also show the ‘rise and fall’ of the walk if you choose ‘Edit’, then ‘Show Elevation Profile’.

In association with Crieff in Leaf

Walk date:
Tuesday 9th October, 2018
Walk leader:
John Cummings
Crieff meet time / Walk start time:
8:00 am / 9:30 am
Walk end time / Crieff return time:
4:30 pm / 5:30 pm (estimated)
Total distance / Total ascent / High point:
23 km / 400 m / 400 m
Minibus provided
Ticket price:
Tickets are sold out or not yet/no longer on sale.


Safety notesGear requiredMap of start locationWalk T&Cs

Walk duration - 7hrs Whilst it is mainly on tracks this is a long linear walk in remote country with a number of streams to ford.

For Medium, Hard and Extra Hard walks we ask walkers to make sure they have full hillwalking gear, by which we mean definitely the following: Boots, warm clothing, warm/quick drying trousers (not denim jeans), waterproof jacket and over trousers, rucsac, hat, gloves, spare fleece, packed lunch, spare food and drink, small personal first aid kit including any medications, mobile phone, headtorch, and bivvy bag if you have one, and possibly also these other items, depending on personal preference: Gaiters, rucsac cover, walking poles, spare socks, map, compass, GPS, lipsalve, camera.

1. Risk.
The nature of hill walking potentially involves leaders or other participants in providing close assistance to others. For everybody’s protection those people classified as ‘vulnerable adults’ or young people under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an appropriate carer or responsible adult. No special arrangements are available to provide independent supervision for vulnerable people, and the accompanying carer takes full responsibility for them. The carer or parent is best placed to judge the capability of their charges.

2. Children.
We do ask that you only bring children on a walk if you are confident that they will be able to complete it comfortably. At all times, children must be accompanied by an appropriate adult who must take full responsibility for them.

3. Lower age limits.
No children under the age of 16 are allowed on Extra Hard or Hard walks. Children over the age of 12 are permitted on Medium and Easy walks provided that they are accompanied by a responsible adult.

4. Dogs.
In common with other similar events and in consideration for others, dogs are not allowed (guide dogs excepted).

5. Smoking.
Please do not smoke on walks, out of consideration to others.

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