Kinloch Rannoch, Perthshire, Scotland

Kinloch Rannoch, Perthshire, Scotland

Kinloch Rannoch from the bridge which is mentioned in one of the letters passed down by my ancestor Neil MacGregor. letters
Kinloch Rannoch from the bridge over the Tummel River which is mentioned in one of the letters passed down by my ancestor Neil MacGregor.

Kinloch Rannoch is a village at the East end of Loch Rannoch, on the River Tummel. It is in the parish of Fortingall (a village South of Kinloch Rannoch.)

My MacGregor ancestors came from Kinloch Rannoch, though their ancestral home was somewhere South-West of there, likely near Balquhidder. The Campbells used the law to push the MacGregors off of their ancestral lands. On the north Side of Loch Rannoch near the far end, is Killichonan. Some of my ancestors are buried there.

MAP LINK: Google Map showing Kinloch Rannoch

Loch Rannoch is mentioned in the song “The Road to the Isles” Here are first two verses from the lyrics from Scottish Music Lyrics’ web site.

The Road to the Isles

A far croonin’ is pullin’ me away
As take I wi’ my cromak to the road.
The far Coolins are puttin’ love on me,
As step I wi’ the sunlight for my load.

Chorus:
Sure, by Tummel and Loch Rannoch
And Lochaber I will go,
By heather tracks wi’ heaven in their wiles;
If it’s thinkin’ in your inner heart
Braggart’s in my step,
You’ve never smelt the tangle o’ the Isles.
Oh, the far Coolins are puttin’ love on me,
As step I wi’ my cromak to the Isles.

LINKS :

YouTube sound recording of Sir Harry Lauder singing The Road to the Isles in 1926. Recorded on a 78 RPM record.

YouTube medley by Kenneth McKellar singing, starting off with The Road to the Isles.

 

Loch Rannoch in 2006
Loch Rannoch in 2006

 

Views of Kinloch Rannoch

The old church in Kinloch Rannoch and some of the MacGregor / McGregor graves.

None of these people are yet known to have been related to me.

Views of Loch Rannoch

 

LINKS:

Kinloch Rannoch – the gateway to the Highlands

Visit Scotland – Loch Rannoch

Undiscovered Scotland: The Ultimate Online Guide – Kinloch Rannoch

MacDonald Loch Rannoch Hotel (I enjoyed my stay there)

 

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