Despite being a small village, dotted around Killin are some fascinating historical and mythological sites.
A trip to Killin wouldn’ t be complete without a visit to the spellbinding Finlairg Castle. Although the land around Killin was the territory of the to Clan Menzies, it was Black Campbell of Glenorchy, from the Campbell family – known as the Earls of Breadalbane, who built it in 1629. Steeped in rich history, and almost reduced to ruins, the old castle was frequented by Rob Roy MacGregor in the early eighteenth century.
Directly across from the Inn, on an island in the River Dochart, lies the atmospheric burial ground for the clan McNab. With a violent clan history dating back 1000 years, the tiny island is said to be haunted by the last person buried there, who is to stand guard until the next burial.
A short walk from the Inn, you’ ll be amazed by a standing stone circle thought to be from the Bronze Age. The well preserved stones stand in the grounds of Kinnell House which was the clan seat of the McNabs.
Fingals’ Stone lies in a field behind Killin Primary School and is said to be the burial ground of the mythical Celtic warrior and giant who gave his name to the Giant’ s Causeway in Northern Island. Legend says that Fingal died on an island in Loch Dochart after going to battle his nemesis over the hand of a woman. His body was found downstream by Fingal’ s followers and carried to the spot now said to be marked by his stone.
This building gives you a fantastic insight into the history of the area. This cruck-framed byre dwelling has been left unchanged since it was last used as a home in 1968. This fantastic building retains many of the original features from when it was to not only a family but also three milking cows. When you are done in the house head out to the old tool shed which has been converted into a mini-museum featuring the tools of the farm.
This 16th Century castle is a delightful example of the changing architecture of Scottish castles. It shows hoe the castles grew from being more than just highland fortresses and turned into beautiful Renaissance mansion houses. The castle fell into ruin and was lovingly restored by the family clan in 1957. Because of its history of neglect, you will be able to see the bones of the castle and really appreciate the architecture and history.
Drummond Castle gardens claim to be one of the finest gardens in Scotland, and quite rightly so. The beautiful gardens date from the 17th century, and many of the original features are still retained. The elegance of the gardens has led to it being used as a location for film and television, including Outlander. While you can’t enter the castle, the gardens are open for visitors and well worth a visit.
And if you do want to go a little further a field then there’ s no shortage of activities around Perthshire, from white water rafting to castle tours, which will keep all ages and interests happy. See Visit Scotland
Ben Lomond is numbered among one of the most popular Munros to climb. The views from the top are spectacular and draw more than 30,000 people each year. From the summit, you can see the whole of Loch Lomond, including the islands that dot it. There is a well-maintained path to the top. For those that enjoy a challenge, there is a more rugged descent. If you are going in the winter months, make sure that you go prepared.
The Blair Drummond Safari and Adventure Park is the top safari park in Scotland. With more than 350 animals, you are in for a treat. There are giraffes, monkey sea lions and birds of prey. If you little ones need to burn off some steam then take the boat over to Chimp Island to explore the supersized adventure park. Visiting the park helps to support their conservation activities as they are part of the endangered species breeding programme. So, it not only fun but also a boon for the planet.
Gleneagles Golf Courses
National Wallace Monument
Scottish Hydro Electric Visitor Centre, Dam and Fish Pass
Bucinch & Ceardach