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The name Crianlarich comes from the Gaelic words meaning 'the small pass'. The village lies at the junction of Glen Dochart and Glen Falloch - trunk roads A85 and the A82. It is about 600 feet above sea level.
Originally a small settlement at the junction of two important routes through the mountains, Crianlarich is better known now as a centre for walking and climbing and for its railway station where the traveller can board the west highland railway for the spectacular trip to Oban or Fort William.
The village has a selection of hotels and guest houses and a small general store which for all its size offers a surprising range of groceries as well as newspapers and a lot of local knowledge.
Things to do and places to see near Crainlarich
• Canoeing the river from Crianlarich (access via a stile behind BenMore Lodge Hotel). Total possible route about 70 miles with exit at Perth (North Inch). Portages at Corriechaorach, Dochart Falls, possibly Grandtully and Stanley (Thistle Brig). Classic section is Loch Tay - 17 miles with fabulous scenery north and south.
• Drive south on the A82 (Loch Lomond road) for about 4 miles to visit the Falls of Falloch.
• On the east side of the A82 look for the proud remnants of the ancient Caledonian Pine forest.
• Visit Killin, the Falls of Dochart and the Clan McNab burial ground
• Take a day trip to Oban or Fort William
• Walk the West Highland way which is a long distance footpath from Milngavie to Fort William
• Board the West Highland Railway at Crianlarich for a scenic ride to Oban or Fort William
• Make a point of calling at the 'Real Food Cafe' at Tyndrum for the best Fish n' Chips you've ever tasted and open for breakfast from 7 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays (only)
• Climb some of the many Munros (mountains over 3000 ft) in the area
Ben More / Stobinian
Cruach Ardrain / Tulaichan
Ben Dubhcraig / Ben Oss