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Just a mile or so west of the little village of Fortingall is the road leading to Glen Lyon, the longest (and some believe also the most beautiful) glen in Scotland, running for 34 miles from this point to Loch Lyon. Famously the home of the Campbells of Glen Lyon, one of this family, Robert Campbell of Glenlyon (1630-1696), led the detachment of government troops responsible for the infamous Glencoe Massacre of the MacDonalds of Glencoe in 1691.

The road sign here warns only of the presence of red squirrels for the next 11 miles but does not warn that the road from here onward is just single-track with only sporadic "passing places" to allow you to pass any oncoming vehicles, is horrendously twisty in places, and that there is no way back at the end of your 34 mile journey other than to turn around and return either the same way or by way of an even twistier road which takes you through the pass between Ben Lawers and Meall nam Tarmachan and finally very steeply down to the shores of Loch Tay.

But anyone who decides to enter this wonderful glen, provided that they have time to wander slowly through it, will be rewarded with the most beautiful and dramatic Scottish scenery. Well worthy of a visit!

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Additional Photos by John Cannon (tyro) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1245 W: 390 N: 4534] (18286)
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