Brig o' Turk

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Brig o' Turk
Brig o' Turk, Trossachs, Scotland-LCCN2002695070.jpg
The Brig o' Turk stone bridge
Brig o' Turk is located in Stirling
Brig o' Turk
Brig o' Turk
Location within the Stirling council area
OS grid referenceNN535065
Civil parish
Council area
Lieutenancy area
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtFK17
Dialling code01877
UK Parliament
Scottish Parliament
List of places
56°13′44″N 4°21′50″W / 56.229°N 4.364°W / 56.229; -4.364Coordinates: 56°13′44″N 4°21′50″W / 56.229°N 4.364°W / 56.229; -4.364
Brig o' Turk from Glen Finglass Forest

Brig o' Turk (Scottish Gaelic: Àird Cheannchnocain[2]) is a small rural village historically in Perthshire and today within the council area of Stirling, Scotland. It is situated in the Trossachs, a range of hills on the A821 road.


Brig o' Turk has a rare 1930s wooden tea room, which featured in the 1959 remake of The 39 Steps.[3] Brig o' Turk also features a village hall which hosts many craft fairs, dances and other events, a small primary school (Trossachs Primary of 1875)[4] serving the village and the surrounding areas, a small post office (located in someone's house) and a pub-restaurant, called The Byre Inn, which is made to look like the cow barn attached to the large neighbouring house, Dundarroch. The Bicycle Tree, located half a mile north of the village, is a local landmark and tourist attraction.[5]

Trossachs Parish Church[edit]

The Church of Scotland parish church, called the Trossachs Parish Church, is located to the west of the village overlooking Loch Achray. It was built in 1849 in the early Gothic style, to cater for tourists visiting the area. It contains a memorial plaque to Major-General David Limond C.B. (1831–1895), a veteran of the Siege of Lucknow in the Indian Mutiny. The church, together with the graveyard and boundary wall, is a Category C(S) listed building.[6]



The village is named after the Brig o'Turk bridge over the River Turk.[7][8] The bridge was built in 1796 and lies to the west of the village, although bridges have crossed the river since 1451.[7]

Jacobite insurgency[edit]

In 1708, Brig o' Turk was the venue for a gathering of prominent Jacobite lairds in support of the expected invasion by James Stuart, the "Old Pretender". In the event, the commander of the French fleet of 30 ships carrying James's 6,000-strong force withdrew rather than risk an action with the Royal Navy; however, the gathering later was used as evidence of treason against the participants.[9]


In the mid nineteenth century the village was the location of a famous Victorian love triangle involving John Ruskin, his wife Effie Gray, and protégé John Everett Millais.


There are a number of community groups based in the area such as the Trossachs Welfare association, Trossachs Community Council and Trossachs Community Trust.


  1. ^ Iain Mac an Tailleir Archived 17 May 2017 at the Wayback Machine, "Ainmean-Àite", duilleag 23, Pàrlamaid na h-Alba
  2. ^ Iain Mac an Tailleir Archived 17 May 2017 at the Wayback Machine, "Ainmean-Àite", duilleag 23, Pàrlamaid na h-Alba
  3. ^ Nigel Richardson (4 April 2009). "Fifty of Britain's best-kept secrets". Telegraph. Retrieved 7 April 2012.
  4. ^ "Trossachs Primary School". Archived from the original on 12 March 2012. Retrieved 3 October 2012.
  5. ^ "Planning and Access Committee Meeting 21 March 2016" (PDF). Loch Lomand and the Trossachs National Park Authority. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  6. ^ "Brig O'Turk Trossachs Parish Church Including Graveyard, Boundary Walls, Gatepiers and Railings, Callander". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 28 September 2015.
  7. ^ a b "BRIG O'TURK (LB4062)". Retrieved 28 May 2021.
  8. ^ Herschy, Reginald W. (2012). "Loch Katrine". Encyclopedia of Lakes and Reservoirs: 495–499. doi:10.1007/978-1-4020-4410-6_121. Retrieved 28 May 2021.
  9. ^ Mitchell, John Oswald (1905). Old Glasgow essays. Glasgow: J Maclehose. p. 87.

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