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West Coast 200
The Route

Ledcharrie

No.3 on the route

As you continue on the A85, you will drive by Ledcharrie on your left-hand side. The pronunciation of this region is actually Led-Harry, not Led-CH-arrie. If you wish to stretch your legs, there is a car park just past Ledcharrie Farm where you then follow a footpath through the farm to Balquhidder where you can then walk up the hill to reach a beautiful view of the railway viaduct.

However, perhaps the main attraction in Ledcharrie isn’t the walking footpaths but the chance to see some beautiful Highland Cow. Pronounced ‘Highland Coo’ in this neck of the woods (or Bò Ghàidhealach’ in Gaelic), it is likely you’ll spot some of the beautifully hairy creatures as you pass through this farming region.

Ledcharrie

The cattle benefit from having not one but two coats which are much needed in the mountains! The outer layer is their coarse hair which can grow to around 30 cm long. They also have a softer inner coat which is more like wool. These two coats allow the Highland Coo to live quite happily in snowy, windy and rainy conditions.

We often assume that Highland cattle are ginger (as this is typically the favourite colour and preferred by Queen Victoria herself) however you can see the cows in shades of black, brown, grey, tan and white too.