The Carbeth Inn was used as a location in several episodes of Scottish detective TV programme ‘Taggart’. These included appearances in ‘Love Knot’, ‘Compensation’ and ‘Ghost Rider’.
In ‘Love Knot’ the Carbeth Inn features as the meeting place for the Climbing Club.
In ‘Compensation’ it was used for all the interior pub shots with The Black Bull in Gartmore being used for exterior shots. The Inn is also where Burke and Jackie sat to have their drink whilst watching Robbie at the fruit machine.
In ‘Ghost Rider’ the Carbeth huts, which lie directly behind the Carbeth Inn, was the location of the hut where Robbie and Stuart were held at gun point. Stuart also paid a visit to the hut with a local uniformed officer.
ROB ROY (by Sir Walter Scott 1817)
The ‘alehouse’, ‘most miserable hovel’ referred to in the extract below (page 150) is in reference to the Carbeth Inn.
“At dinner, however, which we took about noon, at a most miserable alehouse, we had the good fortune to find that these tiresome screamers of the morass were not the only inhabitants of the moors. The goodwife told us, that “the gudeman had been at the hill;” and well for us that he had been so, for we enjoyed the produce of his _chasse_ in the shape of some broiled moor-game,–a dish which gallantly eked out the ewe-milk cheese, dried salmon, and oaten bread, being all besides that the house afforded. Some very indifferent two-penny ale, and a glass of excellent brandy, crowned our repast; and as our horses had, in the meantime, discussed their corn, we resumed our journey with renovated vigour.
I had need of all the spirits a good dinner could give, to resist the dejection which crept insensibly on my mind, when I combined the strange uncertainty of my errand with the disconsolate aspect of the country through which it was leading me. Our road continued to be, if possible, more waste and wild than that we had travelled in the forenoon. The few miserable hovels that showed some marks of human habitation, were now of still rarer occurrence; and at length, as we began to ascend an uninterrupted swell of moorland, they totally disappeared. The only exercise which my imagination received was, when some particular turn of the road gave us a partial view, to the left, of a large assemblage of dark-blue mountains stretching to the north and north-west, which promised to include within their recesses a country as wild perhaps, but certainly differing greatly in point of interest, from that which we now travelled.”