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Killin - Loch Lomond and Trossachs Park North

Killin is situated at the North Eastern corner of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park on the western edge of Loch Tay. The village straddles the impressive Falls of Dochart, and the main road crosses the river Dochart by way of an ancient beautiful bridge. To the North of the village lies the mountains of Lawers and the Tarmachan Ridge. Killin is also on the Rob Roy Way and the National Cycle Track 7.

The River Dochart drains the water from the vast mountain system to the west of the village and runs very peacefully until the narrows at the village where the water plunges down rocky outcrops and round a series of small river islands. After a period of heavy rain, this is a spectacle that many people come to see in the village centre itself. There is access to the rocks beside this torrent but it should be noted that even with small amounts of moisture they become extremely slippery.

 

Falls of Dochart, Killin

There is ample parking (free) in Killin village and good shops and services, including tearooms, outdoor shops and pubs and restaurants as well as a picturesque 9 hole golf course.

There has been announced in 2005, by archaeologist that they have found the remains of a Neolithic forest about 2 meters below the surface of Loch Tay. They believe the forest to be over 5000 years old. This will be a place for amateur divers to visit or if over protected there may at some time in the future be a visitor centre with information.

Visitors to Killin might also want to visit the Folklore Centre where you can learn about the fascinating history of Breadalbane of which this village is in the heartland. The building which houses this centre is in fact the old mill of the village which has been restored almost to its former glory.

Just out with the village there is also the Moirlanich Longhouse which is run by the National Trust for Scotland and is open for visitor in the summer months but only from Wednesday to Sunday in the afternoons. The building's origins date back to the 18th century and its remains were only discovered in recent times.

Of particular historic interest to those researching their Scottish ancestry or for those who love interesting graveyards, is the burial island of the Clan McNab which is accessible through a gate from the centre span of the bridge over the Falls of Dochart. Some believe that the mythical figure of the Giant "Fingal" is buried in this place.

Killin Loch Tay on the River Dochart by the spectacular Falls of Dochart in the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park

 

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