Unplanned visit to Cruachan – The Hollow Mountain

I have to say, the weather here in Scotland is indeed unpredictable, although having lived here for 7 years now, I’m acclimated to it.  I’m accustomed to experience the four seasons within a 24 hours period, it seemed normal here I guess.  It’s very peculiar, isn’t it?  However, last Saturday was truly sunny for a change, I mean really bright and dry although with a little cold breeze but that didn’t bother me at all, as long as the sun was out and shining, that’s what you all need to have a lovely day out..

We were a bit on the loose end that day, so my husband suggested about going out for a drive.  I absolutely said yes!  I would never refuse such a thing as it kept my eyes peeled with the beautiful scenery and views along the way.  As soon as everyone was ready, we then hit the road heading west with no destination in mind whatsoever, just went with the flow of the road.

After 2 hours of travelling, we were already feeling peckish so we stopped by at the first restaurant we saw and that was the Public Bar and Restaurant at Crianlarich Hotel which was located in the centre of Crianlarich in Perthshire.  There we had our wee lunch.  Me and my husband ordered fish and chips while the kiddies got a stone-baked pizza, which was superb.   Here’s a photo of the two kiddies nosing around the indoor plants and preserved animals in their spacious seating restaurant, while waiting for our lunch to be served. SAMSUNG CSC

SAMSUNG CSCAfter filling up our bellies, we head on further… until we had seen the sign board that said Cruachan, The Hollow Mountain which really got our attention.  Although my husband knew about the place already but he hasn’t been there either, so we pulled over.   We initially had a wee wander around their picnic area.

Then we stared in awe at the Loch Awe as it was amazingly awesome!

Loch Awe
Loch Awe


SAMSUNG CSCSo inquisitive about what this Hollow Mountain was all about, so we went in to their Visitor Centre.  Inside was a gift shop, a cafe and various exhibits to look around.

Cruachan – The Hollow Mountain, was officially opened in 1965.  This working power station was known as the brainchild of Scottish Engineer, Sir Edward McColl and was the first to be built of its type.  Similar hydro schemes can now be found worldwide after fifty years on.



SAMSUNG CSCExploring at the exhibits just spurred our interest to see more of what’s inside the hollow mountain.  They offer a bus tour too.  Guided Tours costs;  Adults – £7, Senior Citizens and Students – £6, Children (6-16) – £2.50, Children under 6 is Free.

Unfortunately, cameras were not allowed in so I didn’t manage to get photos during the tour.  We were advised to leave our personal belongings to the lockers provided before jumping on to the bus.

The guided bus tour then travelled deep inside the mountain along the massive tunnel which cut through solid rocks.   When we arrived at the end of the tunnel, we went down the bus and we head towards their viewing gallery, where we saw a huge cavern which measured as high as the Tower of London.  At this point, the guide explained how Cruachan Power Station worked, through combining massive turbines with water from the dam which is situated on one of the highest mountain in Argyll which is Ben Cruachan and this then supplies electricity into every people’s home.

I must admit, it was so fascinating to discover all these things hidden secretly under a mountain.   It certainly was a remarkable invention.  On top of that, I was also mesmerized how plants grow underneath the hollow mountain with light bulbs as their only source of light.  What a totally brilliant idea!

Have you tried visiting a Power Station yet?

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32 thoughts on “Unplanned visit to Cruachan – The Hollow Mountain

  • Wow, this sounds like a great place to visit. We’ve not spent much time in Scotland as a family, so maybe a holiday is due! Also, our son has that same George Pig top 🙂 Great to read about your adventures via the #busydoinglife linky 🙂

    • ReimerandRuby

      Thank you! I think my son is a bit old for a George character top but shirt still fits him, so its fine, lol

  • That’s quite a coincidence – I was just reading about this place yesterday. I think it would be such an interesting visit and I’ve enjoyed seeing your photos.

  • Looks like great fun. You have adorable kids 🙂



  • Sounds like a very interesting place. Often the places you visit spontaneously like this turn out to be better than ones you had plans to visit!
    Thanks for linking up to #AnythingGoes

    • ReimerandRuby

      I totally agree… sometimes there are more fun in an unplanned trips because most planned trips won’t turned out as planned or expected.

  • It’s so interesting and a fab place to visit! I agree with you, a road trip in Scotland is brilliant and it’s just such nice driving. I love going across Rannoch Moor and Glen Coe, some of my favourite views ever are up there. #anythinggoes

    • ReimerandRuby

      Driving uphill in the countryside has an amazing views especially here in Scotland.

  • Sounds like you all had a great adventure to me. Thanks for sharing. #mummy&us

  • Harps

    WOW the scenery before you went on the tour looks gorgeous! Sounds like you had a great spontaenous day out! Thanks for linking up to #BabyBrainMonday … see you next week! x

  • What a beautiful place and it sounds like a very interesting place to visit too. x

  • Ooooh, our old house was called Cruachan, I’d always wanted to go and visit the hollow mountain but never got round to it. It looks great, we’ll definitely have to go along some time and take the bus tour, I’m sure the boys would love to go inside a mountain! Gorgeous photos of your kids, they look very happy with their day out, sometimes an unplanned day out is the best!
    Thank you so much for linking up to #Whatevertheweather 🙂 x

    • ReimerandRuby

      The kids didn’t really paid much attention on the tour as they’re too young to understand but they enjoyed the bus ride instead. Cruachan brings back memories to you then, lol.

  • Does sound fascinating, love hearing about other parts of the world too and seeing your happy little children xx #mummyandus thanks for sharing

  • you put kids in the car and call a 2 hr drive away from home fun?????? Good grief you are braver than me, mine just whinged and moaned all the time in the car.
    I have to agree there is amazing scenery up that area of the country. WE have driven past the entrance to this place before now but never been in, may well have to next time we pass.
    I like unplanned trips as we often end up lost anyway.
    over from whatever the weather

    • ReimerandRuby

      My 5 yr old sometimes moaned at the back too and kept asking where are we going… but my little girl quite happily napping enjoying the ride. We always have satnav with us in case we got lost, to be on safe side.

  • Chloe

    That sounds so fascinating (although I don’t know if i’d be freaked out about being inside a mountain. I need outdoor space around me or I feel really anxious). Outdoors though it looks like a perfect place. So, so beautiful. Spontaneous days and new discoveries (especially somewhere so interesting) are always the best. Thank you so so much for linking this to #whatevertheweather x

    • ReimerandRuby

      I’m the same, not too keen on caves. However, this one seemed ok as it’s huge inside. Thanks for your lovely comment!

  • I love places like that and find underground visits fascinating. We have some great caves near us and always enjoy visiting them #MyFavouritePost

    • ReimerandRuby

      I’m not actually too keen on caves but this one we’re visited is not too bad as it’s huge. But yes, some caves have fascinating views inside it.

  • Wow, what a fantastic day out! That picture of teh Loch is stunning!! The unplanned days are often the best aren’t they! Thankyou so much for sharing this with me on #busydoinglife, it’s great to have you joining in!

  • What a great day out. I haven’t spent much time in Scotland which is terrible seeing as though I live in the North of England, so not that far away. I bet the children loved the bus deep into the Mountain, I know my son sure would have! Thank you for linking to #feauturefridays

    • ReimerandRuby

      The best bit they enjoyed was going on the bus tour as it goes under the tunnel, lol. Have lived here for 7yrs now but I still have loads to see… just finding time to do it

  • Wow, what a wonderful day. I love those days where you just go wherever the mood takes you. It does sound like you have a lovely day. And the Hollow Mountain sounds fascinating. Although, it really feels like it belongs in The Hobbit or The Lord of the Rings and should be filled with dwarves mining. Thanks for linking up with #SundaysStars. I am so sorry that it has taken me so long to comment. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

    • ReimerandRuby

      I was a bit hesitant initially knowing we will go under the mountain, find it scary but while we were there, it was way beyond my expectation as it was huge… can’t believe it lies underneath the mountain. Thanks for dropping by and the lovely comment!

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