Residents told how they were lucky to have escaped with their lives after a picturesque village once home to Scots outlaw Rob Roy MacGregor was ravaged by a dawn landslide.

Cars were washed away and homes destroyed after heavy rain caused a landslide at Loch Katrine in Stirling.

Fourteen people were evacuated after the disaster, which left parts of the area only accessible by boat from Monday after roads were destroyed by the large mudslide near Glengyle House, built by Rob Roy.

Glengyle sits at the northern end of Loch Katrine and it is a hotspot for heritage hunters embarking on the trail of the infamous outlaw. 


Police confirmed there were no injuries and said emergency teams were working to restore electricity and phone lines around the area.

A spokeswoman added: “There are currently no concerns over the infrastructure of Loch Katrine, however, members of the public are asked to avoid the affected area until further notice. The road to Trossachs Pier remains open and local businesses are unaffected.”

One local cafe owner spoke of his shock at the devastation caused by the landslides.

Brian Graham, of The Pier Cafe, in Stronachlachar, Stirling, said he has lost business due to the weather.

Mr Graham, 40, said: “Glengyle is the most affected. It’s devastating. A holiday homeowner said it looks like a bomb has hit them.

"Everyone is devastated but we have a community spirit here.”