Walk: Away with the faeries up Doon Hill

Stirling | Trossachs | Short walk | ★★★

[Clouties wrapped around trees on Doon Hill summit]

The body of Reverend Robert Kirk lies buried close to the ruined church on the southern outskirts of Aberfoyle. But where is his soul? In the 1600s the Reverend wrote an essay about the fairies on nearby Doon Hill. Legend tells that the fairies, dismayed at their secrets having being revealed, captured the Reverend and imprisoned his spirit in the pine tree at the summit. This walk more than makes up in atmosphere what it may lack in views: the associated dark story transforms a beautiful location into one that can send shivers down your spine. The presence of constantly rustling wind chimes on a breezy day doesn't really help either...

[Sign beside the path to Doon Hill]

📌 Walk: Away with the faeries up Doon Hill
▶ 2 km / 1 mile | ▲ 60 metres
Summits: Doon Hill (77 metres) | Features: Doon Hill fairies
Start / finish: Old church at Aberfoyle Cemetery, G.R.: NN 518005 ///micro.offerings.grace

Route: Old church - track to foot of Doon Hill - Doon Hill (choice of two paths to summit) - return via other path to track - start. Route signposted once on the track.
Terrain: Minor road, track and good paths: steep just near summit.
Wildlife today: Robins and other birds in the forest. And fairies of course...
Weather today: Dry and often sunny but breezy; temperature in single figures.

[Several beautiful carvings line the path to the summit]

Route map

Route credit: Scotland off the beaten track


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