Welcome to Kinloch Rannoch in Perthshire
Point at a map of Scotland and Kinloch Rannoch can be found right in the very centre, just two hours drive from Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dundee. 20 Miles North West of Aberfeldy, 20 miles west of Pitlochry and 18 miles from Rannoch Station, it is well located for an idyllic getaway and has plenty on offer for those seeking adventure, breathtaking scenery or simply to relax and unwind.
Kinloch Rannoch or Ceann Loch Raineach in Gaelic, meaning ‘head of the loch’ ironically lies at the foot of Loch Rannoch. Rannoch Station, where you can get the train along the West Highland Line, marks the end of the end of the road through Rannoch Moor, however traditionally the ‘Road to the Isles’ also came east from Fort William, via Lochaber, Glen Coe, across Rannoch Moor, past Loch Rannoch and Loch Tummel and through to Pitlochry.
Kinloch Rannoch history, with the earliest settlers dating back to the 500’s when St Blane arrived from Iona, and followed by other missionaries converted the local Celts to Christianity, evidence of which can be seen by the two churches within the village.
Kinloch Rannoch had 7 different clans associated with it who were all involved in the Jacobite uprisings of 1746, including the Robertsons, Camerons, MacDougalls and Menzies. The MacGregor Clan were removed from the area and went into hiding, this perhaps explains the well-hidden MacGregors Cave near Dunalistair Water.
Following the Battle of Culloden the area suffered at the hands of the soldiers situated at Rannoch barracks (now Bridge of Gaur), one soldier named James Small, who was charged with clearing the estates drained the land and built roads and bridges, thus enlarging the hamlet of Kinloch Rannoch. The inhabitants at the time were known throughout the land as the ‘Rannoch Thieves’ - with the help of Dugald Buchanan, a school master and Evangelist, and his wife; the locals were taught trades and the area prospered, producing flax and potatoes and housing businesses such as a shoemakers and tailors. There is a monument in the village square commemorating Dugald Buchanan who died in 1768.
Today, Kinloch Rannoch is a hub for tourism, farming and forestry. There is a wealth of accommodation within the village and surrounding area, complementing all tastes; including the Loch Rannoch Hotel, the Loch Rannoch Highland Club timeshare lodges and a number of holiday cottages. The residents of Kinloch Rannoch are as friendly and welcoming as the picturesque scenery surrounding them.
Situated in the shadow of Schiehallion (a munro and an excellent climb), Kinloch Rannoch boast some lovely walks: Carie Forest, along the South Loch Road; along the waterfall that feeds into the River Tummel and up Craig Varr; the Sleeping Giant or alongside Loch Rannoch itself. If feeling tired after all that fresh air there are plenty of eateries in the village, including the Treats Café or one of the hotels, all serving traditional fayre.