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Firkin - Loch Lomond


Moving in a Southerly direction from Tarbet along the shores of Loch Lomond you will soon come to Firkin. For many years Firkin Point has been a popular stop for travellers enjoying the natural beauty of Loch Lomond and Ben Lomond. Robert The Bruce spent time here. Firkin, Loch LomondIn 1306 Robert the Bruce had two bad defeats at the hands of first the Earl of Pembroke and second by MacDougall of Lorne at Tynedrum. After this he was heading for Kintyre but accidentally came down the wrong side of Loch Lomond. On realising their mistake they looked for a method of crossing the loch. Eventually Bruce’s closest friend Sir James Douglas found a boat which, after repairs, could take three people. Bruce, Sir James and an oarsman crossed first, but it took a whole day and night to ferry the 200 men across – some swam. Tradition has it that Bruce entertained his men with tales and songs till they were all across the loch. An old Yew tree is situated at Stuc-am-T.Iobait – the place of refreshment. This spot was reputed to have been a change over stop for coach horses during coaching days. 

Up on the Westerly hills there was a village called Clachan Dubh now referred to as The Back Village. This village was abandoned many years ago reputedly because of an attack of The Plaque. It could also have been the case that the landlord - McMurroch was putting people off the hill and making them go to the shore lands. Clachan Dubh can be found about 221m South East of  the top corner of Stuckgowan House’s southern boundary wall, About 114 m elevation, just above the electricity supply lines. There are two trees growing in the ruins to this day about six houses are still outlined.

Loch Uaine - The Fairy LochMoving down Loch Lomond is the Loch Uaine, The Fairy Loch. At 4.3 road miles south of The Tarbet Hotel, near to a burn coming down the hillside is the ruin of an old stone house. There is a vague suggestion of a path up the hill but if the you keep to the North side of the burn and not to distant from it, after about an hour’s climbing up pretty steep, and in places rocky, slopes, the Fairy Loch. It may better be described as a pond which is now nearly overgrown with reeds. It is believed that the Loch was formed by daming the burn to form a headpond to drive a meal mill of which there is no trace now. The Loch has the name Fairy Loch from the fact that when certain lights fall on it, some deposit in the water shows up  a most beautiful emerald green in patches of triangular shape. Another story is that the local people would deposit their sheeps’ fleeces in the “Fairy Loch” overnight, wish for them to be dyed a certain colour, and overnight the fairies would carry out their wish.


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