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

Stirling | Killin | Short walk | ★★★★

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.

📌 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
Summits: Creag Bhuidhe (521 m) | Features: Killin; Fingal's Stone
Terrain: Clear path …

Moirlanich Longhouse

Stirling | Killin | Historic building | ★★

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.

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

Walk: Bogged down around Loch Tay

Stirling | Killin | Short walk | ★★

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.

📌 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: Killin; River Dochart; River Lochay; Loch Tay; Finlarig Castle
Terrain: Mostly level paths and tracks, occasional mud. The southernmost of the two loops is fainter and boggy in p…


Stirling | Village | ★★

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 spectacular Munros around Ben Lawers and …

Finlarig Castle

Stirling | Killin | Castle | ★★

Three centuries ago bogs and marshland made Finlarig Castle a formidable defensive site. Today it occupies an easily accessible, wooded hillock above farmland, roughly half a mile from the western end of Loch Tay and just a few steps from the nearest road. Although partially collapsed and a little unloved, this is still an engrossing ruin worth seeking out. Many features of the L-plan tower house - built by the Black Campbells of Glenorchy in 1629 - can still be made out. To name a few: a gruesome beheading pit dug into the ground alongside the castle, the fine coat of arms (surely restored) above one of the doorways, or the sturdy vaulted cellars. Sharing the site is the Breadalbane Mausoleum, itself overlying an older burial place for the region's earls. Heed the signs warning visitors about unsafe masonry.

Location & info

📌 Finlarig Castle ★★
Pier Road, half a mile or 15-min walk north of Killin village centre, G.R.: NN 575338 ///shark.fuses.d…