Visit Crianlarich

Visit Crianlarich (A' Chrìon Làraich in Gaelic) which lies 5 miles south of Tyndrum and is a much 'bigger' village in terms of perceived importance. The village's Gaelic name means "low pass".

Today the main industry is very much tourist related. To my knowledge there was no mining around Crianlarich although it is where the railway splits as it heads north. There was an additional line that came in from Killin but this has since been removed. Crianlarich was the main rail junction for the area with yards, two stations etc. Now there is just the one station, the original upper station now just Crianlarich Station. The lower station has been demolished and all track removed.

The West Highland Way skirts the village to the West. Tyndrum lies to the south west of the Highlands of Scotland conveniently positioned to tour the highlands, Argyll, Loch Lomond and the central belt including Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Geographically Tyndrum is in the middle of nowhere but in the centre of everything. Within an 90 minute drive you can be in most of Scotland's major tourist attractions as well as many of the lesser know ones.

To the North, the expanse of Rannoch moor spreads from Rannoch Station to the Head of Glencoe, travel through the splendour of Glencoe and over the bridge towards Fort William or south, down the coast to Appin. At Fort William head north to see Nessie at Loch Ness or take to steam train on one of the world's most beautiful railway journeys to Mallaig on the coast and thence the boat to Skye.

To the West, the road takes you to Dalmally, Loch Awe, Taynuilt, Connal and on to Oban where the ferry awaits to take you to any of the West Coast Islands. Head north from Oban to visit Appin and stop at the tearoom specially built to take advantage of the view of Castle Stalker.

South West takes you deep into Argyll and the Argyll Forest Park, Inveraray, Kilmartin, Ardfern, Dunoon and Campbeltown

East and you head into less dramatic scenery. After Killin and Loch Tay visit Kenmore with its golf, Aberfeldy, Pitlochry, Dunkeld and Perth.

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