Some 4 miles North of Blair Atholl lie the hamlets of Bruar, Calvine and Struan, where the A9 main road and railway to Inverness leave the broad green valley of Strathgarry in Atholl and begin their ascent through the lofty Drumochter Pass into Badenoch. Sections of the old military road, constructed in the 18th century by General Wade, can still be traced here. Alternatively, the more adventurous or energetic traveller may choose the specially constructed modern cycle route, or take the ancient route to Badenoch through the steep Minigaig Pass, which starts at Calvine.
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The road from Calvine to Tummel Bridge and Kinloch Rannoch (B847) crosses the river Garry by an 18th century stone bridge, which is unusual in that two railway bridges also cross both the road and the river at the same point. One kilometre beyond here, down a small road, is the delightful little village of Old Struan, accessed by an old pack horse bridge.
Here, at the confluence of the rivers Garry and Errochty, sits Struan church, with an early Christian inscribed stone in the churchyard and a beautiful carved Pictish symbol stone inside the church. This is Clan Donnachaidh country, spiritual home to clan members which include Robertsons, Duncans, McConnachies, Reids and McLagans. In the field behind the church are the remains of an ancient fortification, with a magical well, Tobar Faolan, nearby. Further information on this famous Scottish clan can be found at the Clan Donnachaidh Centre, situated next to the House of Bruar.
The House of Bruar shopping emporium, which also includes a restaurant, has been described as the "Harrods of the North". Meals and accommodation are also available at Struan Inn, situated a further 2 kilometres north. The area offers a number of varied and charming Bed and Breakfast and self catering facilities, accommodating all sizes of parties from couples to larger groups.
There are many interesting scenic walks from a tranquil stroll by the River Garry to some more strenuous hiking in the surrounding hills. The picturesque Bruar Falls walk is recommended and a panoramic view of the lovely Vale of Atholl opens up before you from the top of Struan Point.