Glen Lyon


The Praying Hands of Mary, Glen Lyon, Scotland (mountaintreks/Shutterstock)

The Praying Hands of Mary, Glen Lyon, Scotland (mountaintreks/Shutterstock)

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Why Go To Glen Lyon?

It's slightly under the radar, but Glen Lyon lords it over almost all the other glens. Just some of many things you can do in Glen Lyon that you can't do anywhere else...

  • Feel very cultured and smug as you quote Sir Walter Scott at your travelling companions - it was his favourite glen
  • Hike up the many Munros standing guard over the valley
  • Freshen up with a dip in the River Lyon

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A remote but much-lauded glen: Sir Walter Scott called it the "longest, loneliest and loveliest glen in Scotland". 32 miles of old stone bridges, Caledonian pine forest and the river Lyon winding and tumbling its way through more travel writing cliches than you could shake a rolling hill or rugged cliff at. Great for hiking (Munros on both sides), cycling or driving - the mostly single-track road goes through all the best bits. Finish with a dip in the pools near the Bridge of Balgie or visit what could be Earth’s oldest living thing, the Fortingall Yew (estimated age: 5,000 years).


The essential journey in Glen Lyon is simply to travel the length of the glen, with the optional extra of bagging one or more of the nearby Munros.


Getting To Glen Lyon, Maps & Guides

Getting there: 2 hrs by car from Edinburgh.

Travel times from where you are: See Glen Lyon on Google Maps.

Maps: Find the right Ordnance Survey maps and / or get a month's free subscription to their excellent OS Maps app.

Guidebooks: Lonely Planet's Highlands and Islands or Rough Guides' equivalent.

Walking route guidance: WalkingHighlands.

Tourist board: Visit Scotland.

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Roman Bridge, Glen Lyon, Scotland  (mountaintreks/Shutterstock)

Roman Bridge, Glen Lyon, Scotland (mountaintreks/Shutterstock)

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