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Puck's Glen

Start location: old road through Strath Eachaig (NS 147 843)
End location: top of Puck's Glen (NS 156 844)
Geographical area: Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park
Path Type: Leisure Path
Path distance: 1.5km
Accessibility info: Suitable for pedestrians

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Route Description

Newsflash: CowalFest sees the delightful Puck's Glen path walked as part of a route from Benmore to Strone on 10th October 2017. Other historic routes featured as part of the festival (6-15 October) include the Duke's Pass.

There is a carpark marked Puck's Glen, at NS146839 south of the start. The path itself is waymarked.

OS Landranger 56 (Loch Lomond & Inveraray area)

Heritage Information

This path was created by James Duncan, former owner of the Benmore Estate. It at one time lead to a folly on the hill which is now in the Benmore Botanic Garden. Owing to its former site, this folly is known as Puck's Hut, but it is dedicated to Sir Isaac Bayley Balfour, the former Regius Keeper of the Royal Botanic Garden of Edinburgh. He was the son of John Hutton Balfour of Glen Tilt fame.

The path follows a natural gorge, with dramatic overhanging cliffs and a series of roaring waterfalls. It passes through mixed woodland planted by the estate in 1870 and still has the wonderful, wild, romantic atmosphere so much enjoyed by the Victorians. Although the paths were neglected for many years and became unsafe, in the mid 1980s they were repaired by the Forestry Commission with help from the Manpower Services Commission who put in steps, new bridges and drainage ditches - with thanks to Mary Welsh and Christine Isherwood "Walks in Argyll & Bute" (2003).





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