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Updated 06/01/2020


The Hills of Glen Orchy
Pete Heineman

Glen Orchy is in Argyll and Bute, Scotland. The glen is about 11 miles long, and runs south-west from Bridge of Orchy to Dalmally following the River Orchy through the Caledonian Forest. There are no settlements in the glen: just a few isolated buildings. Glen Orchy was known by the by-name of Gleann Urchaidh nam badan (Glen Orchy of the copses), and the parish of Glen Orchy was An Děseart (the hermitage).

Glen Orchy was one of the major homes of Clan Gregor until the clan was outlawed in 1603 by King James VI. The clan's most famous member is Rob Roy MacGregor of the late 17th and early 18th centuries. The Clan is also known to have been among the first families of Scotland to begin playing the bagpipes in the early 17th century.