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Glen Buckie

Glen Buckie

Glen Buckie is a beautiful glen, which generally gets sunshine all the year round. It is enclosed by Ben Bhan (Vane), the white mountain, named because its north-facing slope is usually the last in the district to lose its covering of snow. To the east is Buchaille Bhreige, the false shepherd, and Ben Sitheann, the mountain of the fairies; to the west is Creag Mhor. As well as some forestry plantations, trees, such as alder, rowan, birch and oak, line the banks of the Calair Burn which flows down to the Balvaig Burn in Balquhidder. Wild-life, flowers and birds abound in this peaceful glen. Immeroin ( Immereon – the ridge of the birds) is aptly named. However, it wasn't always such a peaceful place!

At one time the smelting of bog iron flourished here, as indicated by traces of mediaeval furnaces. Glen Buckie was thickly wooded, so charcoal was readily available as was limestone and a plentiful supply of water. Towards the foot of the glen the remains of a working mill have been converted to a modern dwelling. After the Jacobite Risings, cattle drovers and caravans of pedlars and tinkers used Glen Buckie and Glen Finglas as a short route to Callander, Stirling and Glasgow. Illicit whisky was made too – there is still evidence of a whisky still on the higher reaches of Ben Bhan. In the summer months, women and children took the animals up to the high pastures so that the arable land round their houses could be cultivated. They spent their summer, milking the cows, sheep and goats, making butter and spinning flax. Several remains of these summer dwellings, and also permanent settlements (shielings) can still be seen. At one time there were several small townships in the glen, such as Dalreach, Graigdarroch, Clachglass and Lianach. Today there are only two sheep and cattle farms – Ballimore and Immeroin – and Glen Buckie is again a relatively peaceful place, enjoyed by many hill-walkers and visitors.

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