The Killin Historic Trail
(Allow 1.5 to 2.5 hrs). Produced with the help of the Killin Heritage Society.
1. The War Memorial, here you will see the names of all the young men and women who gave their lives from this area in two world wars.
2. The Falls of Dochart, its local name is ‘scourer of the evil’ you will understand why when you see the falls in full spate. The bridge is very ancient; alas there is no record of when it was actually built.
3. Clan MacNab burial ground you can obtain the key from the Breadalbane Folklore Centre.
4. The Breadalbane Folklore Centre, one time meal mill which is thought to have been founded by St Fillan in the 7th Century. It later became a woollen mill and tweed was woven here until 1939. On the upper floors you can see an exhibition about the folklore and history of the area. You can also see an audio-visual presentation on St Fillan (a follower of St Columba), and his legendary healing stones! (Living Legends presentations on Fridays and Mondays)
5. Craignavie ‘the holy rock’ Road, so named as it is said that St Fillan lived in this area.
6. Fingall’s grave stone can be viewed by entering Breadalbane Park through the main gates and following the footpath to your left. This will lead you, according to legend, to the grave stone of Fingall, one of Celtic mythology’s legendary heroes.
7. Killin Church built in 1744, was built in the form of a Celtic cross with an octagonal dome. The church contains an unusual seven-sided baptismal font from the 9th Century and the church bell still in use dates back to 1632.
8. The old churchyard can be entered from the riverside of the hotel and contains some pre-reformation gravestones, which are worth viewing.
Moirlanich Longhouse. This is your chance to visit a superb example of the once traditional cruck frame cottage with its original hanging ‘lum’ and box beds dating from the mid 19th Century. Last inhabited in 1968 by the third generation of the Robertson family. An adjacent building has a rare collection of working and ‘Sunday best’ clothes. Open 2 to 5pm Wed & Sun Easter & May to Sept. £2 Manned by volunteers. The NTS.
9. Finlarig Castle originally built in the 11th century and extended in the 16th century by ‘Black Duncan’, Sir Duncan Campbell. Today unfortunately it is an unstable dangerous ruin (Please keep clear of the stone work). Interesting points are the beheading pit where the Campbell’s’ used to dispose of their enemies, apparently as after dinner entertainment viewed from the castle windows, and over the main door the arms of King James VI and Queen Anne 1609 indicate royal approval of the Campbell laird of Finlarig.
10. Bronze Age Circle of Standing Stones. Just beyond the standing stones you will see Kinnell House (private residence) the home of the Chief of Clan MacNab until 1970
Breadalbane Folklore Centre, Killin – beside the beautiful The Falls of Dochart. An enchanting old waterside mill where you can learn of the legends of the Highlands, trace the clan histories, and admire their treasures. Listen to the story of St Fillan, and see his famous healing stones. Spinning demonstrations (July and August), and Treasure Hunt for children. Gift Shop and Visitor Information. Open from April to October. Tel: (01567) 820254. Visit www.breadalbanefolklorecentre.com for further information.
The Old Flax Mill Restaurant, Carvery & Bar: A warm welcome from Andrew and Lynette McNie. A beautifully converted mill, situated in a conservation area – perfect for walking and enjoying the local countryside. Indulge in the freshet seafood and salads from the cold buffet before choosing a delicious roast from the traditional ‘visual a la carte style’ carvery and finish off with a scrumptious home-made desert. Delicious home made bar lunches and evening meals available every weekend. Customers travel from far and wide to eat here, highly recommended as published in ‘Scotland on Sunday’ Open 11am to 8pm, Thurs to Mon. Glen Dochart (main road to Crianlarich from Callender) on the A85. Tel: 01567 820434.