Everything there is to know about our hometown, Killin
Our lovely hometown of Killin is located at the western head of Loch Tay in Stirling. Although a small village, there is actually a lot to see here, not just our Smokehouse and Tasting Counter!
Thinking of visiting Killin when travel restrictions are lifted? Here’s everything there is to know about our beautiful hometown.
History and Heritage
The village of Killin has a long history dating back to the 8th century when it was connected to the Celtic Saint, St Fillan who is thought to have come from Ireland. St Fillan is reputed to have been the keeper of some of the famous ‘healing stones’ which are now kept in the Breadalbane Folklore Centre located in the Old Mill close to the Falls.
Many ancient saints, tribes and clans have all left their mark on the village and its surroundings. For the past 1000 years, the MacNab Clan have long been associated with Killin. Their ancient burial ground is on Inchbuie in the River Dochart, just below the Falls.
Killin is around 1 hour and 30 minutes from Glasgow if you are travelling by car. There are two routes you can take to get to Killin from Glasgow, each route is fairly straight-forward. Follow the A82 north for 56 miles, by way of Loch Lomond, to Crianlarich and then switch to the A85 in the direction of Killin. For a slightly shorter route, follow the M80 out of Glasgow and switch to the A84 at Stirling, then follow signs for Callander and eventually Killin. If you’re travelling from Edinburgh, take the M9 route to Stirling and switch there to the A84, then follow signs for Callander and eventually Killin.
You can also get here by public transport, but it may take a little longer. Take the train from Glasgow Queen Street to Stirling and then take the bus from Stirling bus station to Killin.
Where to stay
There are several inns and charming self-catering cottages in Killin, but if we had to recommend one it would be the Falls of Dochart Inn. The Falls of Dochart Inn is wonderfully traditional, overlooking the spectacular Falls of Dochart. It’s the perfect place to relax and unwind or to join in with the many outdoor activities on offer around Killin. You can find out more about the Falls of Dochart Inn or make a booking here.
Things to see and do
As much as we’d love to say that our Smokehouse and Tasting Counter are the town’s best attractions, we all know that the Falls are really the main feature. The Falls of Dochart are a beautiful cascade of waterfalls that run through the town and are beautiful all year round. Many tourists visit Killin just to see them.
Finlarig Castle is another popular tourist attraction. The ruins of the early 17th-century castle stand on a wooded mound just over half a mile north of the village. It was one of many strongholds built in Argyll and Perthshire by the Campbells of Breadalbane.
The best way to take in the sights of Killin is walking the Killin Heritage Trail. The trail is a three mile long, easy to moderate walk anyone can enjoy. The route takes in local landmarks, including the Falls, Finlarig Castle and Fingal’s stone, along with many other beautiful viewpoints of the village and surrounding landscapes.
Planning on visiting Killin in 2021? We’d love to have you at our Tasting Counter and Champagne Bar. At our Tasting Counter, we serve champagne, prosecco, G&Ts and whisky, an ideal accompaniment to our freshly smoked salmon. We offer a champagne breakfast of scrambled eggs and smoked salmon until lunch time when we offer a choice of our sample or tasting plate, with champagne of course.
Due to current lockdown restrictions, our Tasting Counter and Champagne Bar is closed at the moment. However, we are hopeful that we will be able to open again by Spring. To avoid disappointment when we are able to reopen, you can book just now here.