Strathyre Balquhidder Lochearnhead St FillansWhere Perthshire, Stirlingshire & The Trossachs meet in Central Scotland
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"We look forward to welcoming you. Please come and visit us soon."
A warm welcome awaits you from the four villages of Balquhidder, Lochearnhead, St. Fillans and Strathyre which are located in an area of outstanding natural beauty with lochs, mountains and forests in abundance.
Our aim is to offer visitor information on local accommodation, places to eat and drink, activities and things to do, events, exclusive shops and other services.
Our four villages, lochs and mountains offer a stunning selection of holiday accommodation in all four seasons. Choose places to stay to suit your accommodation needs whether you prefer hotels, self catering holiday cottages and log cabins, bed and breakfast, guest houses, restaurants with rooms or caravan and campsites. Collectively we offer a wide range from budget to 5 star luxury. Use our email enquiry service and tell us your preference whether you need to sleep 2 or 8 people. Are you looking for a family friendly, romantic couple, quiet location or pet friendly stay? Do you want to be miles from anyone else or near a restaurant? The more you tell us about your essential and desirable needs the better we can assist you with live availability offers.
We enjoy a central location in Scotland. Our members work and stay where west Perthshire meets Stirlingshire and The Trossachs. This is an excellent base for a holiday. Scotland's major towns and cities including Edinburgh and Glasgow are within easy reach by car as are many historic sites, castles and palaces not to mention lochs, fishing villages and mountains.
Follow the Scottish Regional Thistle Award winning BLiSS trail
LETi is the SCOTTISH THISTLE AWARDS 2016/2017 Regional Winner for "Working Together for Tourism" decided from Central, Tayside and Fife tourism areas.
Follow BLiSS trail Art and Architectural Installations
Celebrating Year of Innovation, Architecture & Design - #IAD2016 and History Heritage and Archaeology 2017 #HHA2017
Visit: www.robroycountry.com/blisstrail to follow the map
Photograph the art installation in different seasons and share on social media like Facebook and Twitter @robroycountry. Sit and enjoy the wonderful attraction and the towering mountains behind from a choice of two lounge bars and two restaurants. Drop in for a drink, meal or afternoon tea.
This photograph was taken by Lochearnhead photographer Melanie Lewis
The name BLiSS is derived from the capital letters of each of the villages in our area; Balquhidder Lochearnhead, St Fillans, Strathyre. The i in the middle is symbolic of the i for tourism information and innovation. The trail was launched in 2016 for #IAD2016 and is continuing in Year of History Heritage and Archaeology 2017 with replacements and additions.
Latest Installations #HHA2017
Drover's Bho sits off the A84 Strathyre on Sustrans Cycle Route 7, celebrating the hard working drover's that rested in #robroycountry before travelling on to market. In 1770 the Tryst was transferred to Falkirk from Crieff. Bho is Gaelic for cow representing the language of the highland droers. Mirren was named after William Wallaces wife. She sits at The Lochearnhead Hotel. Both metal work installations are by Kev Paxton of ArtFe
Mirren takes over from Bill The Bull by Kev Paxton at The Lochearnhead Hotel on Loch Earn as part of #BLiSStrail 2017. Bill has been gifted to the Ripple Retreat for young cancer patients on Loch Venacher by KevPaxton at ArtFe.
Local art, design, form and function: We live in a naturally beautiful area of central Scotland where locals have been creating, designing, innovating and building in complementary styles for centuries.
There is evidence of neolithic burial chambers, ancient settlements up Glen Ample, Iron Age Crannog remnants on Loch Earn, Shielings and Cottars houses. Experience The Glen Ogle viaduct, The Lochearnhead and Balquhidder railway stations, General Wades roads, Edinample Castle, Stronvar House, Balquhidder Kirk by David Bryce, The Drummond family properties at St Fillans, The St Fillans Golf Course designed by Open Champion Willie Auchterlonie, "STILL" by Rob Mulholland - a mirrored man art installation that stands in Loch Earn outside the Four Seasons Hotel, The Lookout, a mirrored cabin between Loch Voil and Loch Doine designed by Angus Ritchie and Daniel Tyler for The Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park Scenic Routes project (now part of the BLiSS trail), SULA creative soft furnishing products and bespoke soft furnishing services using Harris Tweed and other Scottish wool fabrics in Strathyre ( shop outlet at Venacher Lochside), a mobile restaurant commissioned and operated by chef Tom Lewis and the team at luxury boutique hotel Monachyle MHOR - adding to its Glamping accommodation in a Pilot Panther and MHOR to your door catering services. Over the last decade the National Park has approved plans to build holiday cottages like Glenvarloch in Strathyre, Briar Steading on the 17th century site of a b listed thatched cottage, Sheiland in Lochearnhead and a brewery at St Fillans (Loch Earn Brewery & Hotel), In recent years Strathyre has enjoyed new build The Broch Cafe and we have seen the The Ben Sheann hotel renovated and open for business.
Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology 2017
The Local Area
The four villages are situated in the Breadalbane sector of the scenic Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park around Loch Earn, Loch Lubnaig, Loch Voil and Loch Doine. Popular Munro's and mountains include Ben Vorlich, Stuc A Chroin, Ben Sheann and Ben Ledi. You will find places to stay and eat all year round. Each season brings its own magic with the ever changing landscape and seasonal wildlife. Golf courses, cycle paths, walkways, forest trails and mountains are all available for fresh air and exercise in autumn and winter seasons.
The Drummond, Ferguson, Graham, MacGregor, MacNab, McLaren and Stewart clans are all associated with #robroycountry and the Breadalbane area. Balquhidder, Lochearnhead and Strathyre clans gather at the Highland Games in Lochearnhead every July.
Flora and fauna abound with likely sightings of wild orchids, garlic and fungi plus red and roe deer, pine martens, badgers, red squirrels, black grouse and ospreys when they return each summer to nest.
You will be able to find places to stay ranging from Hotels, Bed and Breakfast, Guest Houses, Self-Catering Cottages to Caravan and Camping Sites as well as great places to eat from snacks to fine dining, village shops and Post Offices.
Holiday Activities in the Local Area
Rob Roy Country is the perfect holiday centre for many activities including:
- Walking and Climbing: Munros including Ben Vorlich and Stuc a Chroin, Corbetts, long distance cross-country walks, short walks by river or loch, forest rambles, The Rob Roy Way on Scotland's Gore-Tex National Trail and guided walks.
- Golfing: Sandy Lyle's favourite inland course is at St. Fillans and 32 golf courses within a 2 hour drive.
- Fishing: A wealth of brown and rainbow trout plus sea trout and salmon in our lochs and rivers.
- Water sports: Loch Earn and other nearby lochs and rivers are ideal for water skiing, wake boarding, kayaking, sailing, windsurfing and more.
- Cycling:The Sustrans National Cycle Route 7 passes by Strathyre, Lochearnhead and north through Glen Ogle with Bike Hire available in Strathyre
- Canoe/Kayak: Bring your own or visit Strathyre Outdoor Activities
- Horse Riding: Lochside and forest trails or riding schools/ stables within 20 miles.
- Field Sports: Shooting (including clay pigeon) and Stalking can be arranged.
- Other Outdoor Activities: A wide range of activities from orienteering and bush craft to bat watching and picnics with a butler are available locally
Loch Earn is the most centrally placed loch in Scotland and the area enjoys good road access in all directions.
North to Glen Coe, Loch Ness or a ride on the Jacobite steam train from Crianlarich to Fort William and Mallaig crossing the Glenfinnan viaduct of Harry Potter fame.
South for a day out in the cities of Stirling, Glasgow, Edinburgh, a trip around the Royal Yacht , Loch Lomond, a cruise aboard the SS Sir Walter Scott on Loch Katrine or a day at the Falkirk Wheel and Kelpies at The Helix.
East to St Andrews, the RRS Discovery in Dundee, shopping or the theatre in the ‘Fair City' of Perth.
West to Oban and a ferry trip to Mull and "Ballimory".
Visitor attractions include Balquhidder Church and Friends Room, Glenturret Distillery (Famous Grouse), Blair Drummond Safari Park, Auchingarrich Wildlife Park, Comrie, Crieff Visitor Centre, The Crannog, Drummond Gardens, Crieff, Kenmore, Doune Antiques Centre, Doune Castle, Stirling Castle and Jail, The Falkirk Wheel, Wallace Monument, Deanston Distillery Doune, The Kelpies and The Helix, Pitlochry Theatre and many more within easy day trips.
The local area is steeped in tradition and legend with evidence of ancient burial chambers, Pictish and iron age dwelling houses on water (Crannogs), drovers roads, run-rig farming systems, ancient forests, roads, railways, viaducts and more. Clan McLaren is one of the most ancient of clans with its history dating back 1000 years stemming from the Braes of Balquhidder. MacGregors took possession of their lands during feuds and raiding in the 16th century though McLarens re-established their titles and the current Chief Donald McLaren lives in Balquhidder today. Rob Roy MacGregor's grave stone lies withing the yard of Balquhidder Kirk and stories about McLarens, MacGregors and other local clans and septs can be discovered inside the church in The Friends Room.
Whether you want to spend your holiday on a farm, relax with a romantic break at a country house hotel, camp with the kids in a family run campsite, have a pet friendly holiday or enjoy a luxury boutique hotel, there's plenty of accommodation to choose from. Many accommodation providers offer packages during the year and at New Year (Hogmanay). No matter where you choose to stay you will experience one of the most spectacular areas Scotland has to offer and a warm welcome from your hosts.
Whats On in Balquhidder, Strathyre, Lochearnhead and St Fillans? Look at our Events guide promoting a number of spectacular events peculiar to this region. For example The Balquhidder, Strathyre and Lochearnhead Highland Games in Lochearnhead in July. Loch Earn and its surrounding villages are so central within Scotland that the area is perfectly situated as a base from which to tour Scotland.