Strathyre Balquhidder Lochearnhead St FillansWhere 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.
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 out of 8 people, family friendly or romantic couple, quiet location or near a hotel, pet frendly or not. The more you tell us about your essential and desireable needs the better we can assist you with live availability offers.
Our central location in Scotland in the west of Perthshire where it meets Stirlingshire and The Trossachs 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 Information 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 joint owner of The Lochearnhead Hotel, chef Stephen Nixon at The Strathyre Inn, Zelda Sol chef joint owner of the Achray House Hotel on St Fillans and pub grub or restaurant dining at The Clachan Cottage Hotel, Lochearnhead. Popular cakes, biscuits and all day menus by Alistair and Elida Buchan at The Golden Larches, Balquhidder Station and value priced meals at The St Fillans Golf club house. New on the block is The Loch Earn Brewery Hotel and visitor centre currently open asa weekend bar and daily coffee shop where Loch Earn cider and beer will be produced during 2015 with plans for beer flavoured meals to be served in the bistro.
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. 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 majic with the everchanging landscape and seasonal wildlife. Golf courses, cycle paths, walkways, forest trails and mountains are all available for fresh air and excercies 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 sightings likely of wild orchids, garlic and fungi plus red and roe deer, pine martins, 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 Scotlands 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.
- 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 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 evidece of ancient burial chanbers, pictish and iron age dwelling houses on water (Crannogs), drovers roads, runrig farming systems, ancinet forrests, 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. McGregors took possesion of their lands during fueds and raiding in the 16th century though McLarens re-established their titles and the current Chief Donald McLaren lives in Balquhidder today. Rob Roy MacGregors 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.