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Brig o’ Turk

July 27, 2013

This little place in the Trossachs has nothing to do with Turks. It gets its name from the Gaelic Torc meaning boar. (Ceann Drochaid in the full Gaelic).Callender 1 Ben Ledi 029

Brig (bridge) O’Turk is set in some beautiful wooded and hilly country in the Scottish Trossachs between Aberfoyle and Callandar.

The first port of call is the delightful 1930s wooden tearoom. If it looks familiar, it’s because it featured in the 1959 film version of The Thirty-Nine Steps, featuring Kenneth More, who holes up there whilst on the run from spies and police. This version is a long way from John Buchan‘s famous novel, but great fun and – unlike the Hitchcock version – has more glorious Scottish locations.

We wandered up the river to the start of Glen Finglas. It was here that Millais painted John Ruskin, and ended up running off with Ruskin’s wife Effie. All this scandal in such a peaceful spot.

The river and woodland scenery is superb. So is the tearoom, which should not be missed. Look out too for the very atmospheric burial ground, one grave of a shepherd with an iron crook set on the gravestone.Loch Katrine and Stirling 002Loch Katrine and Stirling 005Loch Katrine and Stirling 008



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