Going east into the inlets and past rocky islands on
the western shores of Scotland lies the small village
of An t-Arar [An Tairbeart Iar] located near the head
of Loch Long in the Argyll and Bute area. The English
pronounce this village as Arrochar (ARR-u-khar). The
village is overlooked by a group of mountains called
the “Arrochar Alps,” with a distinctive rocky mountain
summit called “The Cobbler.”
Arrochar is often called the “twin” of Tarbet, and both
towns share a railway station located near the high
point of the valley that connects the two villages.
Traditionally, the western end of Arrochar marks the
boundary of Argyllshire and Dunbartonshire. However, in
1996, the boundaries were redrawn bringing the whole
area into Argyll and Bute.
The well-known tune from this area is “Maids of
Arrochar.” It is an easy going jig (6/8) dance tune
with an almost fluttering beat giving it a light and
airy feel similar to a waltz.
Although this work was originally written for Folk
Instruments, I created this arrangement for Flute &
Concert (Pedal) Harp.