|Scottish Gaelic: Gleann Urchaidh|
Glen Orchy shown within Argyll and Bute
|Council area||Argyll and Bute|
|Lieutenancy area||Argyll and Bute|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Post town||Bridge of Orchy - Dalmally|
|Postcode district||PA36 - PA33|
|UK Parliament||Argyll and Bute|
|Scottish Parliament||Argyll and Bute|
Glen Orchy is about 17 km or 11 miles long, and runs south-west from Bridge of Orchy (grid reference ) to Dalmally (grid reference ) following the River Orchy through the Caledonian Forest. There are no settlements in the glen: just a few isolated buildings. The Eas Urchaidh and Eas a’ Chathaidh are waterfalls within the glen. The continuation westward past Dalmally to Loch Awe is known as the Strath of Orchy. The B8074 road runs the length of Glen Orchy.
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 Dìseart (the hermitage), a name appearing in Clachan an Dìseirt (the village of the hermitage), the local Gaelic name of the village of Dalmally.
One of the better known inhabitants of the glen was Duncan Ban MacIntyre.
In Popular Culture
"The Bridge at Glen Orchy" was referenced in the film "Rob Roy" as the place where Robert Roy MacGregor was to be hanged at the behest of the Duke of Montrose.
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