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Glenquey - in the Ochil Hills - in Central Scotland


About the Quarry

The name Glenquey is said to be a corruption of the Gaelic 'Glean Coimich' - meaning the stranger's or foreigner's glen. It might be that the word 'strangers' refers to the drovers - the Highlanders, who used to walk their black cattle from the Highlands along the drove road through this glen to the Lowland markets in Stirling and Falkirk, /OR the word 'strangers' might refer to the Vikings, who, in circa 877 AD, near Dollar, defeated a Scottish army led by King Constantine, son of Kenneth McAlpin, Scotland's first King.
Below - Walking from Glenquey - Before reaching Glendevon I like to stop for a seat in order to admire the view from this well placed bench - looking over the Castlehill Reserviour in Glendevon - the access road to the proposed quarry will be to the left of the bench as shown in the picture on the left. - Pictures taken 18th March 2011
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The picture 3rd from the left above shows the hill that the Castle Hill Reservoir is named after - on the other side of the reservoir. The hill is named on the ordnance survey map as 'Easter Downhill' with a fort indicated on it. The 'down' part of it's name is probably a corruption of the word 'dun', meaning fort. The top of this hill has room for a few iron age roundhouses. There are also old field boundaries on the nearby hillsides. The hill is also associated with witches. It is a prominent hill in the area.
Glenquey carried a stretch of the drove road that runs across the Ochil Hills between Dollar, Glendevon, and Auchterarder. Walking the route of the drove road from Dollar, the walker turns a corner to see Glenquey with its reserviour. The pictures below are placed in order of being taken - They were taken on Friday, June 3, 2011 - Click on the small picture to see the larger version
Top row below - all taken 23 February 2016 - The map/poster shown below - The Return of the Traveller - has been replaced - February 2016 - The picnic bench was placed there in Summer 2015

In the olden days, even before General Wade's system of Military Roads were made, there existed a well established system of drove roads from the Highlands, first converging on Crieff, then going on to Stirling, Falkirk and Peebles, then over the border to England. -
New roads might have encouraged the catttle trade, but they were avoided by the cattle drovers who walked their beasts to the autumn trysts at Falkirk. The tolls on the new roads were high - sometimes as much as 2p per cow - and hard road surfaces hurt the cows hooves. Instead the drovers followed the old drove roads - ancient tracks across the hills. The cattle walked twelve to fifteen miles a day. Some headed for the ferry crossing over the Forth at Kincardine, but most crossed the old bridge at Stirling. The cattle were walked fom Skye, Mull, the Western Isles, Inverness, Moray, Banff, Buchan and all over..
Crieff was once the main cattle dealing centre, but by the 1770s the trysts at Falkirk were the main markets. Markets at Falkirk were on the second Tuesdays of August, September and October. As many as 60,000 cattle were sold at Falkirk each year.
Drove roads fell into disuse in the 1800s due to the advent of the railways.

The Woodland Trust -
  • Much of Glenquey is today (in 2013) owned by the Woodland Trust - Glen Quey used to be used for sheep grazing and was surrounded on three sides by commercial conifer plantations. The Trust has slowly been transforming the area by creating more than 300 hectares of broadleaved woodland dominated by oak on the lower slopes and birch higher up. Access routes have been created for walkers.
  • The 'Reservoirs Trail' is a path linking woodland with some of the reservoirs in Glendevon. The well signposted path runs from Muckhart to The Frandy. The reservoirs are Glenquey, Glensherup and the Frandy (Lower Glendevon Reservoir). There are parking places beside the Castlehill Reservoir (laybye on the A823) and at Glensherup (a picnic area accessed from the A823 - near the GlenDevon Lodges). There is access to the hills at several points on the Reservoirs Trail. The Reservoirs Trail is organised by the Woodland Trust.
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Early March 2010 - after a snowstorm - 'The Glenquey House'
Easter Downhill
Whitewisp - Feb 23 2016. Its the one still covered in snow
Below - Glenquey - Geordies Wood - Round by Auchlinsky Hill - Pictures below taken 18th March 2011
Behind the Trees Glenquey Glenquey  
The Glenquey Moss