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Loch Tay

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Perth & Kinross / Stirling | Killin | Loch | ★★★ [Loch Tay from above Killin] Loch Tay is the Central Highlands' largest loch, and number four in Scotland by volume. Popular hill walking territory and scenic landscapes surround its shores, with the Ben Lawers ridge running in an elegant chain along the north side. The settlements at either end - touristy Killin and quieter Kenmore - are equally attractive. The road between them is a useful link between east and west Scotland, but stays too far above the loch to allow access to the water's edge, and but doesn't have any public transport. Instead, we think the best views are from the beach at Kenmore , the mouth of the River Lochay at Killin, and from hilltop vantage points such as Sron a' Chlachain . There are a number of ancient crannogs - artificial, defensive islands once used as dwellings - on the loch; the story of these is told at the excellent Scottish Crannog Centre near Kenmore. [Loch Tay from Ken

Walk: Sron a' Chlachain - Killin's stony nose

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Stirling | Killin | Short walk | ★★★★ [View along Loch Tay from Creag Bhuidhe] Sron a' Chlachain (which we think means stone nose - or rocky crag) is the prow of an otherwise unremarkable mass of moorland to the west of Killin. The easy start through an urban park belies the fairly brutal ascent which characterises most of the rest of the walk. But for compensation, the views looking back from the higher half of the route are breathtaking: the crags point directly down slender Loch Tay , with Ben Lawers and the Tarmachan Ridge rising above the north side of the loch. The opposite, western vista is an equally untamed one, encompassing a wide range of hills either side of glens Dochart and Lochay. [Wooded lower slopes] 📌 Walk: Sron a' Chlachain - Killin's stony nose ★★★★ Start / finish at car park at hall with clock tower on Main Street (A827), Killin village centre, G.R.: NN 573332 ///with.glow.succumbs ▶ 4 km / 2 mi | ▲ 500 m | ⌚ Short | ⬤ Moderate Fe

Moirlanich Longhouse

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Stirling | Killin | Historic building | ★★ [Moirlanich Longhouse] This red-roofed building in remote Glen Lochay is a rare survivor from another era. Longhouses were traditional Scottish rural homes, usually with family quarters at one end of the narrow building and a cattle byre at the other, only separated by a wooden partition. The last inhabitant only moved out of here in 1968, and the living space in particular is largely unchanged, right down to the box beds, hinging lum (hanging chimney) and layers upon layers of successive wallpaper patterns. A fascinating snapshot of the past, and well worth the modest entry fee. [Moirlanich Longhouse] Location & info 📌 Moirlanich Longhouse ★★ By minor road 1 mi north of Killin, G.R.: NN 562341 ///strictest.types.profile Open Easter Sunday plus Wednesday & Sunday, May to September, afternoons only | £3.50 adult / £2.50 child / free for National Trust for Scotland members [Decades of wallpaper layers!] [H

Walk: Bogged down around Loch Tay

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Stirling | Killin | Short walk | ★★ [Loch Tay] This figure-of-eight circuit pays a visit to one of Killin 's easily-forgotten features: Loch Tay, which is found about a mile east of the village centre. A sandy beach in miniature boasts an outlook down much of the 15-mile long water body, with Ben Lawers peering over the brow of the Tarmachan Ridge - which is itself well seen from other parts of the walk. The route also takes in a castle ruin and the beguiling rivers Dochart and Lochay. There is one serious quagmire on the southern loop; if this is likely to be a problem, you can omit this loop altogether. [Finlarig Castle] 📌 Walk: Bogged down around Loch Tay ★★ Start at car park off Lyon Road, 5-min walk northeast of Killin village centre, G.R.: NN 574333 ///connected.carrots.royal ▶ 4 km / 2 mi | ▲ 20 m | ⌚ Short | ⬤ Moderate Features: River Dochart; River Lochay; Loch Tay ★★★ ; Finlarig Castle ★★ Terrain: Mostly level paths and tracks, occasional mud. T

Killin

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Stirling | Village | ★★ [Killin Hotel & church] The village of Killin (population: 700 or so) occupies an enviable position at the heart of Scotland's Central Highlands, not far from the head of Loch Tay. With a river running through it (complete with old stone bridge and picturesque rapids), pretty whitewashed buildings and excellent local walking routes of all lengths, it's understandably a bustling place on peak season weekends. But its - slightly - out-of-the-way location a couple of miles from the region's main road and rail routes seems to be keeping tourism to sustainable levels, which is all the more welcome for those planning a visit. In addition to the sights described above, there's a ruined castle and a stone circle to explore, plus a possible excursion by car to the beautifully conserved longhouse at Moirlanich. It's just about possible to squeeze all of these attractions into a single day; for those staying longer and fit enough, the specta