Balquhidder - Home & Grave of Rob
Balquhidder is a small village at Loch Voil in a
valley flanked by a number of mountains. The area is
popular for hiking, walking, biking, fishing, and
visiting the grave of the famous outlaw Rob Roy
Balquhidder is situated in the council of
Stirling, 15 miles north of Callander, 7 miles south of
Lochearnhead village. The scenic 7 mile long single
lane road down between the mountains, alongside Loch
Voil and Loch Doine, ends at a hiking car park for
the highest mountains, up to 3,800ft, on the west end
of Loch Doine.
The road to Balquhidder off the main A84 road at
the Mhor 84 Motel can be a bit confusing,
take your time and follow the signs, or use the
postcode below in SatNav.
For images of the mountains in the area and other
attractions, view the click on map link below.
Map/ FK19 8PA .
Area Attractions Click on Map
The Monachyle Mhor Hotel with a top
restaurant is situated 4 miles west of Balquhidder,
down the single lane road between the two lochs.
The image second top is of the Old and New
churches at Balquhidder. The Old Church is where the
grave of Rob Roy MacGregor can be found.
The new church serves as the village Parish Church
with a room giving information on the Clans that
lived in the area such as the MacLarens, MacGregors,
Stewarts, Fergussons, MacNabs, Buchanans, and
Rob Roy was a Scottish outlaw in the early 1700s,
first made famous by the William Wordsworth poem,
Rob Roy's Grave,
written after he visited the area in 1803.
Interest in the area escalated after Sir Walter
Scott published the novel Rob Roy in 1817.
The 1995 Rob Roy film starring
Liam Neeson, showed life at the times and how people
could easily become outlaws.
Rob Roy Information
Rob Roy was born at Loch Katrine in 1671, 20 miles south
of Balquhidder. His parents were Donald Glas
MacGregor and Margaret Campbell.
The cottage he was born in is said to be where
Glengyle House now stands, on the west end of the
loch, 8 miles west of the Loch Katrine pier for the boat
Rob Roy set up a business as a cattle drover and
made his home at Inversnaid 5 miles west of Loch
Katrine, on the east side of Loch Lomond.
1689 - Rob Roy and other MacGregor's join the
Jacobite Rising to have the Stuart kings restored
to the throne.
1692- the Jacobite's ended the war by announcing
their allegiance to King William.
1693 - Rob Roy married his cousin Helen MacGregor.
They had a family of four sons named James, Ranald,
Coll, Robert, and adopted a cousin named Duncan.
1707 - the Union of the Scottish and English
Parliaments takes place.
1711 - Rob Roy borrowed money from the Duke of
Montrose to invest in his cattle droving business.
This money was lost the following year, said to have
been stolen by his head drover.
The Duke of Montrose responded to the loss of the
money by seizing Rob Roy's home and land.
Rob Roy set about his revenge on the Duke of
Montrose by rustling cattle.
Rob Roy escalated his feud with the Duke after he
kidnapped the Dukes factor when he was collecting
rent from farmers. Rob Roy relieved the factor of his
money and imprisoned him on a small island in Loch
Katrine, now known as Factors Island.
Rob Roy was then accused of forcing landowners in
the area to pay him to protect their cattle.
1713 - Rob Roy moves to Auchinsallen in Glen
Dochart till it was destroyed during the 1715 - 1716
1715 - Rob Roy is credited with capturing 22
government guns in Callander.
1715 - Rob Roy is credited with taking part in the
Battle of Sheriffmuir and a raid on Falkland
1717 - Rob Roy is captured by government forces
and imprisoned but manages to escape.
1719 - Rob Roy is wounded at the Battle of Glen Shiel,
leading to him setting up home in the area of
1722 - Rob Roy reaches an agreement with the Duke
of Montrose to end the feud.
1725 - Rob Roy submits his allegiance to George I
via General Wade, distancing himself from further
1734 - Rob Roy dies at Balquhidder Glen aged 63,
and is buried in Balquhidder Kirkyard. There seems to
be no remains of his home.
The grave also contains his wife and two sons.
2002 - a 92 mile footpath named the Rob Roy Way is set up passing many places
connected to Rob Roy.
Descendants of Rob Roy continued living at
Balquhidder, before moving around Scotland. Others
moved to Canada. Decendants