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Killin Travel Guide - Scotland

Located on the edge of Stirlingshire, close to the border with Perthshire, you will find the serene little village of Killin. The exact location of the village has been the subject of many heated debates. The county records have it as being in Stirlingshire, but the people of the village consider themselves as being in Perthshire. The scenic falls of Dochart marks the beginning of the village and the stone bridge that crosses them make it very easy to get a close up view. The name of Killin is thought to have come from Fingal, a legendary figure in Celtic mythology and Fingal's grave is in this village.

The village has had a stormy history dating back to Black Duncan of the Cowl, who owned all this land at one time. For the past 1000 years, the MacNab clan has long been associated with Killin and the ancient burial ground of the family on the Island of Inchbuie in the River Dochart is visible from the bridge. There is also evidence of a Roman fort on this island, also called Yellow Island, and according to the legends of Killin, it is haunted. The ghost of the last person buried stands guard over the island until the next burial, when a new ghost takes his/her place. Visit the Standing Stone, which is a well–preserved historic site, and the ruins of Finlarig Castle, once owned by Black Duncan.

The Falls of Dochart, Killin, Scotland Killin became a centre for the textile industry in the late 19th century. The flax was grown in the fields and there was a booming cottage industry with local weavers making the linen in their homes. Today, it is a tourist town, where there is a wealth of things for tourists to see and do. In addition to visiting historic sites, you can walk the slopes of Ben Lowers and fish for trout and salmon in the river.

The old meal mill that was started by St. Fillan is now the Tourist Information Office for Killin. Here you will find the healing stones that St. Fillan used while he taught and preached here in the late 7th century. Following a tradition dating back to this time, every Christmas Eve, the healing stones are replenished with a fresh bed of straw and reeds from the banks of the river.

Mill at Killin, Scotland - now a visitor centre Discover the many myths surrounding the village of Killin when you visit the Breadalbane folklore centre. If you really love listening to old tales and legends, drop into the pub and ask the older folks of the village about the legends that they know. They will be delighted with the request and will regale you for hours. The Moirlanich Longhouse is an excellent example of the cruck frame Scottish longhouse. This building is under the care of the National Trust of Scotland and is thought to date back to the late 18th century.

Killin is the venue for many events throughout the year. Depending on the time of year you visit, you might be able to attend the Killin Highland Games, the Highland Queen Dance or the Lochearnhead Highland Games. Whichever you choose, there will be lots of Highland music, dancing and the playing of the pipes.