"Breadalbane" means "the high country of Scotland" and our journey should start with a look the geography, because it was the glens and rivers which made travel into the Highlands possible. From Ben Lui above Tyndrum, the streams to the west feed into rivers flowing west, while those to the east form the head waters of the Tay: starting off as the Connonish, becoming the Fillan and then the Dochart before flowing into Loch Tay and the great River Tay which delivers more fresh water into the sea than any other British river.
In the 1750s two military roads met here. One came from Stirling via Callander and approached from the east along Glen Dochart. The other started in Dumbarton and approached from the south along the banks of Loch Lomond and Glen Falloch.Anyone travelling in Scotland will pass through the village sooner rather than later as it lies at the junction of two of the main routes from the lowlands to the north west highlands. Having met in this point, they proceeded north west along Strath Fillan to Tyndrum before splitting again to head north towards Fort William and west towards Oban. This pattern is matched today by the A85 and A82 roads, following almost exactly the same lines as the old military routes.