Balquhidder

Looking westward to Loch Voil.

 

 Lochearnhead

Looking northward to Glen Ogle.

 

 Strathyre

Looking northward to Balquhidder Station.

Welcome to the community council site for Balquhidder, Lochearnhead and Strathyre in the beating heart of Scotland!

Our community council represents the residents of three villages in the North-East corner of the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park. We form part of Ward No. 1 in the Stirling Council area and cover one of the largest areas of any community council in Stirlingshire. You can read a little more about each village at the bottom of this page. For contact details of council officers, please click on OFFICERS above.

Recent updates

30th September 2022

For all the latest news, including details of current scams and the Stirling Council Residents' Survey, see the News Section

The minutes of the community council meeting on 27th July were approved last night for publication and can be reviewed in the Filing Cabinet

In the Filing Cabinet, you can also find details of road closures in Lochearnhead during late August and early September and the Community PLACE PLAN for Balquhidder, Lochearnhead and Strathyre.

THE FILING CABINET

This is where we keep our documents that you can view and download. Most of them use Adobe Acrobat's "Portable Document Format" that can be seen easily in modern browsers.

The cabinet has various categories, including one for past minutes of the Community Council. Please feel free to explore and to view or download documents as you wish.

CLICK HERE FOR DOCUMENTS

Balquhidder

The elongated settlement of Balquhidder lies off to the West of the main North-South route at the head of Loch Voil. It is overlooked by the dramatic mountain scenery of the "Braes of Balquhidder" (immortalized in song by Robert Tannahill) and the Parish Kirk is famous for being the last resting place of Rob Roy MacGregor.

Back in the 8th or 9th Century, St Angus recognised Balquhidder as a "thin place" - where the boundary between Earth and Heaven is close. Around that time, Clan MacLaren first occupied the district until forced out by the MacGregors in the 16th Century.

Lochearnhead

The village of Lochearnhead is situated at the junction of the A84 and A85 trunk roads at the head of Loch Earn. This is where the main North-South route meets the East-West route along Strathearn. It has a rich and varied history but, in modern times, is known as the site for the area's Highland Games and the Lochearnhead Shears - one of the largest sheep-shearing competitions in the UK.

Strathyre

The village of Strathyre is the southernmost part of our area, following the course of the River Balvaig as it flows down from Loch Voil to Loch Lubnaig. It became well established in Victorian times with the arrival of the Callander & Oban Railway in the 1870s. William Wordsworth once stayed there and was apparently inspired to write The Solitary Reaper as a result. Strathyre now has the only remaining primary school in the area.


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