County (pre 1975): Perthshire; Region/District (1975-1996): Central/Stirling; Unitary Authority: Stirling
Crianlarich is a village in Stirling district, about six miles north-east of the head of Loch Lomond. The village's name derives from the Gaelic for "low pass", relating to its geographical location.
The village has been a major crossroads for north and westbound journeys in Scotland since mediaeval times. In the 1750s, two military roads met in the village; in the 19th century, it became a railway junction on what is now the West Highland Line; in the 20th century it became the meeting point of the major A82 and A85 roads. As such, it is designated a primary destination in Scotland, signposted from as far as Glasgow in the south, Perth in the east, Oban in the west and Fort William in the north.
Crianlarich is easily reached from Glasgow, Edinburgh and Stirling and is perfectly situated for hillwalkers. It is also just off the West Highland Way, making it a good place to stop for the night and explore some of the surrounding area.
The world famous West Highland Railway Line passes through Crianlarich, and there are some very pleasant walks closeby in Glen Falloch and Strathfillan.
Attractions: The Drovers Inn; Cononish Gold Mine, near Tyndrum