Strathyre * Balquhidder * Lochearnhead * St Fillans
Where Perthshire, Stirlingshire & The Trossachs meet in Central Scotland
Accommodation * Food & Drink * Outdoor Activities * Tours & Safaris * Retail Services * Events
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.
The villages offer a stunning selection of holiday accommodation encompassing hotels, self catering including holiday cottages and log cabins, as well as bed and breakfast and guesthouses all ranging from budget to 5 star luxury.
Our central location in Scotland in the west of Perthshire 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.
LETI celebrates Year of Food and Drink Scotland 2015
Try our Loch Earn Tourism initiative member recipe ideas. A different recipe will unfold each month in our on-line recipe calendar celebrating Year of Food & Drink 2015. Links to the recipes will be tweeted from our Twitter address @robroycountry. Seasonal recipes will be provided by our local; master chef with Taste Our Best accreditation, food guru, rosette winner, outside caterer, baker, brewer, recipe author and cafe owner. Go to the Food and Drink drop down menu at the top of the page to view the latest recipe.
When staying in Strathyre, Balquhidder, Lochearnhead and St Fillans be sure to sample our local restaurants and cafes. We are lucky to have so many chef owners at the helm locally including: award winning Master Chef, Gordon Gunn at Creagan House (one of the first to receive Visit Scotlands "Taste Our Best" accreditation for using over 40% locally sourced produce), award winning Scottish food ambassador Tom Lewis of MHOR fish, MHOR Bread, Monachyle MHOR (Head Chef Marysia) and MHOR84 (head chef Gareth), accomplished creative Chef David Errington at the Two AA Rosette restaurant in The Four Seasons Hotel, St Fillans, Chef Robert Kerr at The Lochearnhead Hotel and chef Stephen Nixon at The Strathyre Inn. Popular cakes and biscuits are home made by The Golden Larches team, Balquhidder Station and value priced meals are served at The St Fillan Golf club house. New on the block is The Loch Earn Brewery Hotel and visitor centre where Loch Earn cider and beer will be produced during 2015 with plans for beer flavoured meals to be served in the bistro (opens March 2015).
Year of Food and Drink Scotland 2015 is a Scottish Government initiative led in partnership by EventScotland, VisitScotland and Scotland Food and Drink; an opportunity to inspire the people of Scotland and our visitors to celebrate Scotland’s outstanding natural larder and further develop Scotland’s reputation as a Land of Food & Drink.
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.
The Drummond, Ferguson, Graham, MacGregor, MacNab, McLaren and Stewart clans are all associated with #robroycountry and the Breadalbane area.
Flora and fauna abound with sightings likely of red deer, pine martin, red squirrels, the shy capercaillie or even the osprey on its summer visit to nest.
You will be able to find places to stay ranging from Bed and Breakfast, Guest Houses, Self-Catering Cottages to Caravan and Camping Sites as well as great places to eat, 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 Scotlands Gore-Tex National Trail, and guided walks.
- Golfing:There is a course at St. Fillans and 32 golf courses within a 2 hour drive.
- Fishing: A wealth of salmon, sea trout and brown trout in both lochs and rivers.
- Watersports: Loch Earn and other nearby lochs and rivers are ideal for waterskiing, wakeboarding, kayaking, sailing, windsurfing and more.
- Cycling:The Sustrans National Cycle Route 7 passes by Strathyre, Lochearnhead and north through Glen Ogle.
- Horse Riding: Lochside and forest trails or riding schools/ stables within 20 miles.
- Field Sports: Shooting (including clay pigeon) and Stalking can be arranged.
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, Kenmore, Doune Antiques Centre, Doune Castle, Stirling Castle and Jail, The Falkirk Wheel, Wallace Monument, The Kelpies and The Helix, Pitlochry Theatre and many more.
The local area is steeped in tradition and legend with Rob Roy's Grave in the churchyard of Balquhidder Kirk reminding us of the local history.
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 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 most 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.