Immortalised by poetry and paintings, the dramatic landscape of Glen Finglas is home to some of Scotland’s most iconic wildlife and it’s scattered ancient hillside trees are one of the finest examples of upland wood pasture in the country.
Between the 1300s and 1700s Glen Finglas was a popular royal hunting forest - a favourite place for nobles and kings of Scotland to pursue deer. The name of the local village is Brig o’ Turk, which means wild boar in Gaelic, a reference to the wild boar which would have roamed these hills 600 years ago.
If you look carefully across the Glen Finglas reservoir you will see a mound called Tom Buidhe (the yellow knoll). This is thought to be the site of the old Hunt Hall, built for James II of Scotland in the 1400s where important documents of state may have been signed.Celebrated Victorian write and art critic John Ruskin, was a regular visitor to Glen Finglas and the dramatic scenery upstream from Brig o’ Turk provided the backdrop to the famous painting of him by Sir John Everett Millais.
Glen Finglas lies five miles west of Callander and is reached by taking the A821 from Kilmahog on the A84. Trails start from the Glen Finglas Visitor Gateway in the Lendrick Hill car park, just outside Brig o’ Turk village on the A821.
For more information about Glen Finglas and what to see there, visit the Woodland Trust website at http://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/visiting-woods/wood/4878/glen-finglas/
A trip to Glen Finglas while staying here in one of our self-catering holiday cottages would provide a great family day out and the opportunity to experience some of our great scenery here in central Scotland.