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Crianlarich church.jpg
Church of Crianlarich
Crianlarich is located in Stirling
Crianlarich shown within the Stirling council area
Population185 (2001 Census)
OS grid referenceNN385062
Civil parish
Council area
Lieutenancy area
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtFK20
Dialling code01838
EU ParliamentScotland
UK Parliament
Scottish Parliament
List of places
56°23′38″N 4°37′01″W / 56.394°N 4.617°W / 56.394; -4.617Coordinates: 56°23′38″N 4°37′01″W / 56.394°N 4.617°W / 56.394; -4.617

Crianlarich (/ˌkrənˈlærɪx/ (About this soundlisten); Scottish Gaelic: A' Chrìon Làraich) is a village in Stirling council area and in the registration county of Perthshire, Scotland, about six miles or 10 km north-east of the head of Loch Lomond. The village's name derives from the Gaelic for "low pass", relating to its geographical location.

The village is served by Crianlarich railway station.

Crianlarich has been a major crossroads for north- and westbound journeys in Scotland since medieval times. In the 1750s, two military roads met in the village; in the 19th century, it became a railway junction on what is now the West Highland Line; in the 20th century it became the meeting point of the major A82 and A85 roads. As such, it is designated a primary destination in Scotland, signposted from as far as Glasgow in the south, Perth in the east, Oban in the west and Fort William in the north.

The village bills itself as "the gateway to the Highlands", a not uncommon claim — for example, Callander, Dunoon and Pitlochry also do so.

The village lies in the glen of Strath Fillan at the north western extent of the Trossachs, in the shadow of several Munro peaks, notably Ben More, but also Stob Binnein and Cruach Ardrain. Thus Crianlarich is very popular with hillwalkers. Also the village lies halfway along the long distance footpath, the West Highland Way.

Its location makes Crianlarich a popular stop for tourists and there are a variety of types of overnight accommodation including guesthouses, B&Bs a SYHA Youth Hostel and a Best Western hotel.

In 2001, the village had a population of 185.[1]

In near by Glen Dochart lies Lochan Saorach, mentioned by Thomas Pennant in 1769 on account of the floating island it once contained.

Crianlarich War Memorial


  1. ^ "Stirling at a Glance: 2001 Edition" (PDF). Stirling Council. Archived from the original (PDF) on 9 November 2006. Retrieved 10 December 2014.

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