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Welcome to St Fillans on Loch Earn

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Spring Foodies Wine and Food Pairing Evening – Friday 23rd March 2018 Richard from Great Gr
Today's Programme: AGM and Requests. St Fillans Music Circle meets every Tuesday afterno
The March Supper Club will be held at The Four Seasons Hotel, St Fillans at 7:30 for 8:00 pm.

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.

Here is the home of quietude,

Here beauty’s secret lair,

Where no disturbing noises rude

Offend a scene so fair;

Here is the river of delight,

The lake of sweet content,

Where silver strand and scarped height

There sun-kissed charms have lent.


Here is the heart of Scotland, friend,

In settings, rare displayed;

Where peace unbroken knows no end.

And hearts are unafraid,

Here Art fresh inspiration finds,

In every silent glen,

Who’s singing stream by heart still binds,

As it inspires my pen.


My soul has found its resting-place

In this romantic spot;

And when my life has run its race,

Prithee disturb me not;

For here I’ve found that gate of heaven,

A place where dreams come true,

Where faiths’s renewed, and hope is given,

As we our vows renew.

W T McGregor           17th May 1941                  


St. Fillans 2017 project

2017 was the 200th anniversary of the renaming of our village

Jim Brierley spent many hours researching the history of our Village and created an amazing Timeline Exhibition which was held in the Sandison Hall over the weekend of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd September 2017.

The St Fillans Festive Weekend and The St Fillans Ball also celebrated the anniversary.

We can save the past for the future


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”.


Dundee Courier Wednesday July 16th 1913

Motorists exceed the Speed Limit at St Fillans

Several motorists who exceeded the ten-mile speed limit at St Fillans Village on different dates towards the end of June and the beginning of July were somewhat severally dealt with by Sheriff Sym at Perth yesterday.

-  Laidlaw admitted having on 1st July, driven a motor car at a speed of over 16 miles per hour. The accused explained that his speedometer was not working properly, and he did not know what speed he was travelling. A fine of £2 2s with the alternative of seven days imprisonment was imposed.

-  McArthur was charged with having driven at a speed of over 20 miles per hour. The accused failed to put in an appearance, and after hearing evidence the charge was found proven, and a fine of £4 4s with the option of eight days imprisonment was imposed.

-  Brown who also failed to appear in Court was charged with having driven at a speed of 19 miles on the 29th June. He was further charged with having failed to produce his licence when requested by the police. After evidence the accused was found guilty on both charges, and the Sheriff imposed fines of £4 and £1 on the respective charges.

-  McGregor admitted having driven a car at a speed of 17 miles per hour, and was fined £4 10s with the alternative of 7 days imprisonment

-  For travelling at a speed of 17 miles per hour on a motor Cycle - Catto was fined £2 10s or 7 days.   

( perhaps we need to bring back the Village Bobby)


Some more Snippets

St Fillans what’s in a name?

1445: Exchequer Rolls - Andrew Mercer, Chamberlain of Strathearn – had a fee of £10 for the custody of the manor of Loch Earn, and in the following year he received, 53s 4d for the custody of the island in Loch Earn

1461: Exchequer Rolls - Robert Mure, Chamberlain of Strathearn – had a fee of £3 6s 8d as rent, from the lands Port of Lochearn

1590: Point’s Map - Shows the lands of Port with five properties, and the lands of Mewy or (Morrell) on the hillside near Tynreoch

1683: Adair’s Map - Shows only the lands of Port

1742: Extract from the Report’s of the Annexed Estates - Peter Mclichonnell (McWhannell) has a lease of the fourth of Meikleport for 19 years, from Whitsunday 1742 and resides thereon

1745: Extract from the Report’s of the Annexed Estates - James Stewart, now at west end of Loch Earn, has a lease of the town and lands of Little Port, commencing 1745, and is on for 16 years, which he has wholly sublet to John Mclichonnell (McWhannell) who lives thereon

1750: Roy’s Map - Shows the lands of Meikle Port with seven properties

1755 – 1769 extracts from the Report’s of the Annexed Estates -

Meikle Port – Parlan McFarlane, Alexander Dochardich, Alexander Cameron, James Drummond, Duncan Ferguson, Patrick Mclichonnell, and five cotters – Eleven families

 (The only place on this parish for planting a village in is Meikleport and the east end of Lochearn. There is a considerable quantity of plain, arable ground in it, which would admit of many divisions to accommodate the supernumerary hands on the rest of the lands)

Little Port – John Mclichonnell and one subtenant – two families

Morrell – James Drummond’s heirs and seven cottars – eight families

1783: Strobe’s Map - Shows Portmore with seven properties and Littleport with one. It also shows an area named Struie situated between Portmore and Littleport also shows the village of Morrell on the hillside between Littleport and Tynreoch

‘So it would appear that we started out as the Manor of Lochearn, followed by Port of Lochearn, then Meikleport and in 1783 Portmore, renamed St Fillans in 1817. However villagers can make up your own minds, but the question still remains,

What became of Struie and Morrell?’



I’m delighted to report that as from 01 April 2017, the Saturday evening Service 15 departure from Crieff at 10:00 pm and Comrie at 10:16 pm extends to St Fillans.  The bus then departs St Fillans at 10:33 pm, operating back to Perth via Comrie and Crieff.

In the first instance, these additional Saturday only late evening journeys to and from St Fillans are for a trial period. P&K Public Transport are closely monitoring passenger usage of this service to help them decide on the feasibility of continuing the service after the trial period. If you don’t use this new service, you will lose it!

This service enables you to take the 7:05 pm bus from St Fillans to Comrie (arriving 7:20 pm) or to Crieff (arriving 7:40 pm) allowing just under 3 hours in Comrie and just over 2 hours and twenty minutes in Crieff, enough time for drinks and an evening meal or just drinks. Of course, you can always take an earlier bus out of St Fillans.


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.