This peak by Balloch acquired its name when the women folk of the Buchanan Clan gathered in vigil on its summit, while their men engaged in the battle at Glen Fruin. News of this dreadful massacre was signalled to them across the water.
Glen Fruin, sometimes known as the Glen of the Weeping. Pretty and peaceful today, but in the past, a valley that witnessed many a bloody battle and famous in the battle between the Macgregors and the Colquhouns - another shameful scene highlighting mans inhumanity to man. The battle fought here in 1603 was a typical example of disputes that could arise out of sheepskin grants.
Rob Roy Macgregor (1671 -1734)
Was the most colourful local figure in the early 18th century. His adventures have been immortalised and romanticised by Sir Walter Scott's novel 'Rob Roy'. In 1715, the Macgregors ever ardent Jacobites, seized every boat on the loch and assembled them at Inversnaid, where however they were speedily repossessed by a Hanoverian force that had dragged some armed boats up the Leven. Rob Roy Macgregor was laid to rest in the local churchyard at Balquidder.
An Afternoon of Highland History
For those interested in learning more about Rob Roy, you can visit Ledard Farm, a 16th century hill farm set in the heart of the Trossachs, facing the beautiful Loch Ard and the majestic Ben Lomond. Here, you will hear about Highland life on the farm and how Rob Roy MacGregor on his return from the battle of Killiecrankie (1689), relayed his war stories in MacGregor's Barn. You will be introduced to the weapons of the Jacobite clans - the claymore, the broadsword, the dirk, the fearsome Lochaber axe and the Doune pistol. You will receive afternoon tea and a dram of whisky in the barn, where Rob Roy came of age.
Every Tuesday at 2.30
Adults £10, Children £5.00
Rob Roy's Cave
Directly opposite Wallace Island, lying on the headland lies Rob Roy's Cave. Robert the Bruce is believed to have found refuge in the cave at Inversnaid in 1306. To reach it by boat, tie alongside at Inversnaid and trek back along the shore.