St Fillans and Lochearnhead
Untouched Scottish scenery filled with local history, a man made from mirrors and a murderous horse. It’s one of the Top 10 Things We Love, the picturesque villages of St Fillans and Lochearnhead.
These traditional Scottish villages rest on the shores of Loch Earn, just a wee 20-minute drive from us. The little streets are lined with charming cottages and surrounded by hills and mountains.
Here you’ll find the remains of ancient loch island dwellings called crannogs (over 2000 years old!), water sports, scenic hill walks and even the loch’s very own brewery.
St Fillans lies on the eastern side of Loch Earn, which is home to the ‘mirror man’. Made up of tiny mirrored tiles, the half-tonne statue has been a resident of the loch since 2014. The idea behind the structure is to show the constant change reflected in the light and rippling water.
Suddenly overcome with the urge to join the mirror man in the water? We’ve got our very own water sports centre on the west side of the loch at Lochearnhead. Try out wakeboarding, banana boats, water skiing and loads more here between April and October.
Be very careful that you don’t have a run in with the loch’s ‘Each Uisge’ or Water Horse. Legend has it that the horse would wait by the loch and entice people to ride on its back. And when some poor soul was unlucky enough to mount it, the horse’s coat would become adhesive and drag them to the depths of the loch, to a watery demise.
Moral of the story – if you ride around on mysterious horses loitering by the loch, you could find yourself up the creek without a saddle.
The villages are full of history, dating back as far as the 16th century, with gory tales of the Scottish Clan’s feuds and vengeance.
Soak up the area’s history and retrace the clansmen’s steps on a scenic walk. There’s easy access to the Glen Ogle trail and Glen Ample Walk and there’s also the option to bag a couple of Munros here with Ben Vorlich and Stuc a’Chroin nearby too.
Once you’ve got the Munro’s under your belt, stop in for a little thirst quencher at the Loch Earn Brewery. No matter how muddy you are, you and your dog will be made welcome at the Brewery Tap Bar.