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Welcome to St Fillans on Loch Earn

St. Fillans is a pretty, picturesque, conservation village situated within Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. We can be found at the east end of Loch Earn on the A85 in the central highlands of Scotland. We are a friendly little village consisting of around 200 residents.

In and around St. Fillans you can enjoy walking, golf, fishing, canoeing, boating, good local food, gardens, history, bird watching, Munro-bagging or just sitting in the sun feeding the resident ducks.     


Snippets from the village archive


1832: Edinburgh Encyclopaedia

Conducted by David Brewster

“Among these most recent improvements, we wish particularly to notice the village of St.Fillans, near Loch Earn. Built by Lord Gwydir on the Drummond Estate because it proves that nothing is wanted to render the cottages of Scotland as neat and clean as those of England, and the habits of the people as orderly, but a little attention and perseverance by the proprietors. The rose and honeysuckle have here taken the place of the dub and the midden, and the residents have learnt to think that there may be a merit and a happiness in neatness and cleanliness”.


1836:  Gazetteer of Scotland


“St.Fillans was formerly a wretched hamlet, denominated Portmore, but it is now one of the sweetest spots in Scotland. The village has been reared and encouraged by the attention of Lord and Lady Willoughby d’Eresby (lately Gwydir), and here the traveller is delighted to find the people altogether loosing their taste for dunghills, and thatch, and peat-reek, and fast adopting a better one for slate, cleanliness and honeysuckle. The houses all have gardens attached to them, and are even in many cases surrounded by sweet shrubs and flowers. There are also a few villas built, for families who may wish to settle in this delicious spot. It is annually, in autumn, rendered a scene of high festival, by a meeting of the St.Fillans Society, which was instituted in 1819, for the purpose of giving prizes to competitors in certain national sports, and as a benefits society for imparting aid to indigent and distressed members, widows and orphans. Their festivals are usually attended by persons of condition, male and female from all parts of the Highlands”.












New arts trail linking National Park locations will be BLiSS for visitors

Unique attraction commemorating the Year of Innovation Architecture and Design aims to provide tourism boost

A life-sized, multi-coloured metal bull crafted by the artist behind Edinburgh Airport’s iconic towering thistles and a stunning mirrored scenery-viewing cube which ‘disappears’ into its beautiful surroundings are two of 13 striking installations which form a new arts trail set amidst the breathtaking landscapes of Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park.

The unique BLiSS trail – launched today, 27th April - links the villages of Balquhidder, Lochearnhead, Strathyre and St Fillans, deep in the heart of ‘Rob Roy Country’. The initiative is the brainchild of LETi, the Loch Earn Tourism Information group.

LETi has established the innovative arts trail to encourage more visitors to stop at, spend time in, and enjoy the villages and their spectacular settings by creating a new attraction for people of all ages to enjoy – providing a boost to tourism in the area and the local economy.

The group also wanted to create the trail to commemorate and celebrate the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design 2016.  The name BLiSS - suggested by LETi member Kenny Higgins of the Strathyre Outdoors Community Interest Company - is made up of the first letters of the four villages with the letter ‘i’ representing both innovation and the universal tourism information symbol.

The collection includes works by artists Rob Mulholland, Kev Paxton, Heather Gray, June McEwan, Iain Chalmers, Lynne Schroder and Jeremy Cunningham as well as architects Ruairidh Moir, Daniel Tyler and Angus Ritchie. In addition a group of third year art students from Perth College, University of The Highlands and Islands, is developing a conceptual art team project as part of a new degree course. The artworks will be promoted beside Loch Lubnaig, The Broch Café and recreation area, Airlie House B&B, Balquhidder Village Hall, Monachyle Mhor, The Golden Larches, Mansewood Country House, The Lochearnhead HotelLochside Cottages, Loch EarnBriar Cottages, The Four Seasons Hotel and The Achray House Hotel. 

A number of ornamental features including an “Airliephant”, a miniature mill house, a stag, a totem pole road sign, a cockerel mile marker and an old red phone box are also highlighted along the arts trail route along with food and drink stops, collectively mapped at

See also the blog BLiSSful (but Baltic) Loch Earn Loop in a new window.


VisitScotland Regional Partnerships Director Liz Buchanan MBE said:

“LETi is to be congratulated on this fantastic, inventive achievement - creating this new attraction to connect Balquhidder, Lochearnhead, Strathyre and St Fillans is a great way of encouraging more visitors to stop off and spend time in and around the the four villages. The BLiSS arts trail capitalises on all three themes of the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design and I am sure it will be a great asset to tourism in the area and will not only attract visitors but will also bring benefits to local businesses.”

Kim Proven, LETi Chair and owner of luxury self-catering Briar Cottages at Lochearnhead  said:                                                                                                           “We wanted to create something new - an attraction that would capture the imagination of people of all ages and become a talking point. Our BLiSS trail’s diverse, inspirational artworks and installations should, we feel, do just that. Each of the pieces is interesting, thought-provoking and entertaining so we hope the trail will become a real favourite with visitors and make our villages even more attractive as destinations that people will seek out.

“We hope that visitors will recommend the BLiSS trail and our friendly communities to others. We want them to share their experience of it through social media by posting pictures on Facebook using the hashtag #BLiSStrail and on Twitter @robroycountry.”

Artist Kev Paxton, who has three pieces on the BLiSS trail (‘Bill The Bull’, ‘Sunflowers’ and ‘Fraser Briar’) said:

“I was delighted that LETi invited me to become involved in this arts trail linking villages around the A84 and A85. There is a story behind all of my pieces and I aim to make people smile through my work, so, I hope that they encourage people to stop and spend time in this stunning area. I think it’s a fantastic idea and I really hope that the trail brings benefits to the tourism businesses and their communities.”

See photos under BLiSS Trail on "Things to Do"

See also the blog BLiSSful (but Baltic) Loch Earn Loop in a new window.


St. Fillans 2017 project

Next year will be the 200th anniversary of the renaming of our village

To commemorate this event, I would like to try and update The Annals of St. Fillans by Alexander Porteous published in 1912. I have asked the Jolly Boys for their assistance, and we intend to mount an exhibition in the village hall during the Festive Weekend (25th to 27th August) to display our findings. 

I would be extremely grateful for any assistance fellow residents can offer. I am particularly interested in finding out when and for whom each property was built along with any information pertinent to previous owners.

If possible I would also like any photos and old maps documenting the village's progress through the ages, and would love to receive stories from our past.

From the Reports of the Annexed Estates-1755-69, and Porteous, I have already started to piece together some of our early history. Next stop Drummond Estates, and the census records, that should bring me up to 1911, for the more recent accounts I really need your assistance.

For example:

When and why did the Free Church Close?

When did the Episcopal Church move into the Free Church? And when did it close?

Why are there 27 names on the role of honour hanging in the Parish Church, yet only 7 names recorded on the war memorial?

Would anyone like to help with the recording and documentation of the names on the stones in the graveyard?

When did the Steamer start operating on the Loch and when did it stop?

Who paints the frog? I know about the crocodile!

When and how did the parish church lose its onion dome?

I could go on and on, please, please, please HELP!

Jim Brierley,

White Cottage

With Your Help we can save the past for the future



Use this app to find the location of Public Access Defibrillators in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. Please allow it to use your current location. Our Defibrillator in the village was funded by the St Fillans Community Trust and the British Heart Foundation.