Tyndrum is a very small village which is at the junction of three valleys. It is also a popular stopping off place for those on the West Highland Way as well as weary travellers heading north through Glencoe or to the islands of the West and the beauty of Argyll. There are more shops, hotels and restaurants, than there are houses, or so it seems.
Tyndrum is a useful stopping over place for those who love the wild outdoors. The beautiful Loch Tulla which is just outside the borders of the park, lie to the north with the Black Mounth and Glencoe beyond. There are walks and mountains to be experienced in every direction.
The origins of the village of Tyndrum dates back hundreds of years as it was the place where the drove roads from the west and north met. General Wade saw the sense of improving roads in the area when he was quelling the Jacobite uprisings. Today Tyndrum (a very small village remember) also boasts two railway stations.
Tyndrum Upper Railway station takes passengers from Glasgow to Fort William and Mallaig via the Bridge of Orchy and the wilderness of Rannoch, whilst Tyndrum Lower takes passengers from Glasgow to Oban where they can then gain access to the beautiful inner isles. In the 18th and 19th century, lead was mined in the hills and then at Cononishand, in the 19th century, gold was discovered. There is a now a commercial gold mine out of site of the village but only 2 miles from it. However on the hill above Tyndrum to the south you can still see the spills of Tyndrum gold mining from the past.
A mile or so to the south of Tyndrum is Kirkton, where St Fillan who was trained on the island of Iona, brought Christianity to this part of Scotland. The remains of St Fillans Priory are still to be seen at Kirkton today.
The village is also an excellent base for those who are walking, climbing or skiing at nearby Glencoe. The ski tows are only 15 to 20 minutes up the road, although Glen Orchy is a few miles closer to the slopes, often accommodation is hard to find in the skiing season. See our Ski Glencoe pages for information about weather and snow.
For road cycling enthusiasts, there is a great circular route from the village to Just before Glen Orchy village, then you can turn left on to the Glen Orchy road proper towards Dalmally. This is a stunning road for scenery and being a B road it is quite quiet. At the main road turn left to climb the challenging Strone Hill back to Tyndrum. This is for regular road cyclists only as it can be quite challenging. It should be noted that these roads are busy.
Tyndrum in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, Scotland