Glen Lyon is located right in the very heart of Scotland, but is often overlooked by visitors to these shores in favour of the more famous Great Glen and Glen Coe. You need to know about this place though as it’s an area of awe-inspiring beauty, romance and grandeur. A drive along its 32 mile entirety followed by a bracing walk will leave you feeling both inspired and lifted.
At its very east end, you begin in the picturesque village of Fortingall famed for its ancient Yew tree which at 5,000 years of age and counting is reputedly, one of the oldest in Europe. Another claim to fame is that Roman judge, Pontius Pilate was born here! The story goes that Pilate was the son of a Roman delegate and a Caledonian woman who returned to Rome with his father and was brought up there.
Keep heading west after Fortingall and take a right along the twisty, turny single-track road which begins to wind alongside the thundering River Lyon below. As you head along this, keep your eyes peeled for the beautiful arch of the old, 17th century packhorse bridge which crosses a gorgeous waterfall. Quite soon after this, the road opens out and the breathtaking panoramas begin, as does the wildlife spotting. Red and roe deer, golden eagles, grouse, pheasant, pine marten, red squirrels and (if you get really lucky) osprey all inhabit the glen.
Another reason to hold this spectacular place dear is the loveliness of the Bridge of Balgie post office tea room. This place does the most delicious scones! A perfect place for some R&R after an afternoon of exploring.