Uamh Mhòr

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Uamh Mhòr (older spelling Uaighmor, also anglicised Uam Var[1]) is a summit in Kilmadock parish in Stirling council area, Scotland, north of the River Teith between Callander and Doune.[1] The name means "Great Cave",[1] referring to a large cave in the cliff face which was a hideout for brigands into the eighteenth century.[2] The peak is actually a southern top of Uamh Bheag to the north;[3][4] despite the name suggesting a smaller hill, Uamh Bheag is actually higher at 664 metres (2,178 ft) compared to just over 600 metres (2,000 ft).[4]


The stag in Canto I of Walter Scott's 1810 poem "The Lady of the Lake" flees to "the wild heaths of Uam-Var".[2] The hero of Robert Louis Stevenson's 1886 novel Kidnapped camps by Uam Var near the end of his adventures.[3][5] Michael Andrews painted "A View from Uamh Mhor" in 1990–91.[6][7]

Coordinates: 56°16′35″N 4°07′08″W / 56.276285°N 4.118760°W / 56.276285; -4.118760[4]


  1. ^ a b c Lewis, Samuel (1846). "Kilmadock". A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland.
  2. ^ a b Walter, Scott (1821). "Notes to Canto I". The Lady of the lake. Poetical Work. Volume 3. Paris: Galignani. p. 189.
  3. ^ a b "Stevenson Way". Undiscovered Scotland. 2012. Retrieved 16 September 2013.
  4. ^ a b c Ordnance Survey. "Uamh Mhòr". Bing Maps. Retrieved 16 September 2013.
  5. ^ Stevenson, Robert Louis. "Chapter XXVI End Of The Flight: We Pass The Forth". Kidnapped. Project Gutenberg. The twenty-second we lay in a heather bush on the hillside in Uam Var, within view of a herd of deer, the happiest ten hours of sleep in a fine, breathing sunshine and on bone-dry ground, that I have ever tasted.
  6. ^ Boyd, William (2008). "Michael Andrews: An A-Z". Bamboo (reprint ed.). Bloomsbury. p. 346. ISBN 0747597685.
  7. ^ "Michael Andrews: British landscape (1982-93)". Michael Andrews Exhibition 19 July – 7 October 2001. Tate Britain. Retrieved 16 September 2013.