Tyndrum (Pronounced "Tine-Drum") The name comes from the Gaelic "Tigh an Druim", which translates as "the house on the ridge".
Tyndrum dates back to the days of the cattle drovers for whom it provided a meeting place. Cattle were brought from the north via Glen Coe and also from the west coast. From Tyndrum, they were then driven south to the markets in central Scotland. Modern routes reflect these times as Tyndrum is the junction between the A85 to Oban in the west and the A 82 which serves Fort William to the north.
The village has not one, but two railway lines running through it. One goes through Lower Tyndrum Station and links Glasgow with Oban. Another goes through Upper Tyndrum Station, and heads out to Fort William and Mallaig. These are, in fact, branches of the West Highland Line which meet together at Crianlarich.
The West Highland Way passes right through the village before heading north on the old military road towards Bridge of Orchy and Rannoch Moor. Tyndrum is one of the main settlements on the route, and if you're heading north, the last of any significance for a long way. It also offers refreshments and accommodation.
How to get there
By Road: Follow A 82 from Glasgow.
By Rail: Take West Highland train from Glasgow Queen St to Tyndrum Upper. Journey time is 2 hr 11 min.
By Coach: The 915 service, leaves from Buchanan St Coach Station, Glasgow. Journey time is 1 hr 45 min.
Things to do
Kilchurn Castle (10 Miles)*
A square tower, built by Colin Campbell of Glenorchy c1550, Kilchurn Castle was much enlarged in 1693, incorporating the first purpose built barracks in Scotland.
Moirlanich Longhouse (15 Miles)*
An outstanding example of a traditional cruck frame cottage and byre, dating from the mid 19th century.
Ben Lawers National Nature Reserve (15 Miles)*
Perthshire's highest mountain (3,984ft) with views from the Atlantic to the North Sea.
Glencoe & Dalness (18 Miles)*
The breathtaking peaks and spectacular waterfalls of Glencoe bear silent witness to the origin, history and wildlife of this atmospheric glen. The steep-sided mountains are popular for climbing and walking.
Bonawe Iron Furnace (18 Miles)*
Founded in 1753 by a Lake District partnership, Bonawe is the most complete charcoal-fuelled ironworks in Britain.