Ceann Loch Eireann
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Lochearnhead is a village on the A85 at its junction with the end of the A84 at the foot of Glen Ogle. As its name suggests, it lies clustered around the head of Loch Earn, with hotels and guest houses enjoying views across the Loch. The loch is popular with fishermen and Watersports enthusiasts, whilst walks and cycle routes are available in Glen Ogle and south towards Balquiddher. On the south side of the loch, a pair of Munros are amongst the most climbed of this group of Scottish Mountains.
The main road through the village is the A84 - A85 from Stirling to Crianlarich, the eastbound A85 carrying less traffic. The importance of this main route can be traced back over 250 years to when Major Caulfeild buit the military road along the same general line. However, little of the modern road follows the older route, which can now be partially followed up Glen Ogle as part of the Glen Ogle Trail. To the south, some of the old road has been reused as the Cycle route, but a lot of it is private estate roads.
The Junction is a TOTSO for the A85, but as the majority of traffic seems to continue onto the A84 for Stirling this makes sense. The eastern arm of the A85, heading eventually to Perth is a much quieter route, although most traffic from Perth continues on the westbound A85, rather than almost doubling back on the A84. The junction is a simple give-way, with no additional turning lanes, just a wide mouth on the eastbound arm of the A85.