Brig o' Turk

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Brig o' Turk
Gaelic: Àird Cheannchnocain[1]
Brig o' Turk, Trossachs, Scotland-LCCN2002695070.jpg
The Brig o' Turk stone bridge
Grid reference: NN535065
Location: 56°13’44"N, 4°21’50"W
Post town: Callander
Postcode: FK17
Dialling code: 01877
Local Government
Council: Stirling
Brig o' Turk from Glen Finglass Forest

Brig o' Turk is a small rural community in the parish of Callander in southern Perthshire. It lies within the Trossachs range of hills.


Brig o' Turk has a rare 1930s wooden tea room, which featured in the 1959 remake of The 39 Steps.[2] Brig o' Turk also features a village hall which hosts many craft fairs, dances and other events, a small primary school (Trossachs Primary of 1875)[3] serving the village and the surrounding areas, a small post office (located in someone's house) and a pub-restaurant, called The Byre Inn, which is made to look like the cow barn attached to the large neighbouring house, Dundarroch. The Bicycle Tree, located half a mile north of the village, is a local landmark and tourist attraction.[4]

Trossachs Parish Church

The Church of Scotland parish church, called the Trossachs Parish Church, is located to the west of the village overlooking Loch Achray. It was built in 1849 in the early Gothic style, to cater for tourists visiting the area. It contains a memorial plaque to Major-General David Limond C.B. (1831–1895), a veteran of the Siege of Lucknow in the Indian Mutiny. The church, together with the graveyard and boundary wall, is a Category C(S) listed building.[5]


Jacobite insurgency

In 1708, Brig o' Turk was the venue for a gathering of prominent Jacobite lairds in support of the expected invasion of Britain by James Stuart, the "Old Pretender". In the event, the commander of the French fleet of 30 ships carrying James's 6,000 strong force withdrew rather than risk an action with the Royal Navy; however, the gathering later was used as evidence of treason against the participants.[6]


In the mid-nineteenth century the village was the location of a famous Victorian love triangle involving John Ruskin, his wife Effie Gray, and protégé John Everett Millais.


There are a number of community groups based in the area such as the Trossachs Welfare association, Trossachs Community Council and Trossachs Community Trust.


  1. Iain Mac an Tailleir, "Ainmean-Àite", duilleag 23, Pàrlamaid na h-Alba
  2. Nigel Richardson (2009-04-04). "Fifty of Britain's best-kept secrets". Telegraph. Retrieved 2012-04-07. 
  3. Trossachs Primary School
  4. "Planning and Access Committee Meeting 21 March 2016". Loch Lomand and the Trossachs National Park Authority. Retrieved 18 June 2018. 
  5. "Brig O'Turk Trossachs Parish Church Including Graveyard, Boundary Walls, Gatepiers and Railings, Callander". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 28 September 2015. 
  6. Mitchell, John Oswald (1905). Old Glasgow essays. Glasgow: J Maclehose. p. 87. 

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