Loch Earn to Clan MacNab
Loch Earn, Glen Ogle Viaduct, Falls of Dochart, Clan MacNab
As with many of the lochs of Scotland, Loch Earn comes with its own special legend; ‘Each uisge’, a water horse, is rumoured to inhabit Loch Earn after Fingal chased it out of nearby Loch Tay. Unwitting riders would be lured into riding the horse, only to be stuck to the beast’s neck and be dragged to their unfortunate death below the cold dark waters of Loch Earn.
Glen Ogle Viaduct
This former railway viaduct is now a cycle route, which is by far the best view of it, if you have the time.
Mid-way between Loch Earn and the Falls of Dochart on the A85 lies the Glen Ogle Viaduct. Keep a sharp eye out to the left as the viaduct can blend into the hillside, especially in the highland mist. The only real stopping off point is a small gravel parking spot right on the side of the road on the left hand side (Google maps ref: 56.411324, -4.317947). The parking spot only has space for two cars but gives a dramatic view back down the valley with the Glenogle viaduct in view.
Falls of Dochart
These ferociously tumbling falls are one of Scotland’s most renowned beauty spots. The waters flow fast and free beneath the five-arched bridge, past the burial ground of the Clan MacNab.
This famous clan of Scotland dominated the territory from Tyndrum to Loch Tay. Eilean Ran, an island on River Lochay, held the clan seat but the Castle was destroyed in 1654 by Cromwell’s forces. The MacNab’s had a long running feud with the Campbell’s, the destruction of Loch Dochart Castle in 1646 was one of many fractious incidents.