Glen Artney

Glen Artney

Very few people live in Glen Artney today and the area is a peaceful haven for walkers with a choice of routes and relatively few cars. Cultybraggan is at the entrance to the glen, was once an ancient royal deer forest that supplied venison to the Sovereigns of Scotland at Holyrood, Dunfermline and Falkland. Steeped in history and natural beauty, it has been a favourite of many Scottish Royal Houses and Sir Walter Scott immortalised it in 'The Lady of the Lake':

    The stag at eve had his fill,
    Where danced the moon on Monan's rill,
    And deep his midnight lair had made,
    In lone Glenartney's hazel shade.

Glen Artney

Valley of the Water of Ruchill which flows northeast and then north to join the River Earn near Comrie. A narrow valley of central Perthshire, the Glen stretches over 8 miles (13km) northeastwards from Glenartney Lodge to Cultybraggan. For all of its length it follows the course of the Water of Ruchill which joins the River Earn at Comrie. The Forest of the Glen, which lies between the Glen and Loch Earn, was once part of the royal deer forest of Strathearn supplying venison to the sovereigns of Scotland.

Glen Artney

Most walkers park their cars at Glen Artney Church car park near the end of the minor road that runs through the glen, south west from the village of Comrie. It still is used for special occasions like weddings. Walk westwards on the road for approximately 2km before crossing a stile to reach Auchinner and the start of a rough track that leads east, across open moorland and then through pleasant mixed woods, to reach The Ross, a picturesque residential area on the outskirts of Comrie. Return by the same route. Walkers should note that there are no refreshments available in The Ross, a picnic is advised.

In the Glen's forests, south of Comrie, Mary Queen of Scots often hunted with Darnley around the time of 1565. This area above Comrie is still beautiful today and there is a wildlife park at Auchingarrich. Just upstream from Comrie is the Drummond Trout Farm ( which has unfortinately closed until further notice).

An alternative walk, in wilder more open countryside, can be enjoyed by following the Right of Way across the moorland to the popular holiday town of Callander.

Glen Artney

This higher level route also starts near Auchinner (well signposted for Callander) and gives superb views of the lesser known sides of Ben Vorlich and Stuc a' Chroin, dramatic mountains on the shores of Loch Earn. Follow the path to Callander town centre, where refreshments and shops are available, before retracing your steps to the Glen.

Access Information

You can reach the Glen by taking the minor road that leads off the B827, 3km south of Comrie passed Cultybraggan. The start point for both walks is the car park near the end of the metalled road at Glen Artney Church.

Distance: 13 kms or (14km, one way only - Glen Artney to Callander.)

Approximate Time: 3.00(hrs:mins)

Grid Ref: GR 712 161

Height Gain: 0 metres

OS Map: Explorer 368: Crief, Comrie, Glen Artney

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