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Village News

Village News

17 September 2018

Camping in the National Park Update

A handy overview of the figures on camping in May to August can be viewed in a new window HERE

Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park




10 September 2018

St Fillans Carpet Bowling Club as published in the Strathearn Herald.

St Fillans Carpet Bowling Club has donated £640 to Scotland's Charity Air Ambulance and Comrie First response.

The funding has come from the club's surplus funds. Once a popular pastime, with open competitions taking place between the many local clubs on the go, demand for the game has dwindled in recent years.

Ian Moncrieff of the club explained "Scottish Carpet Bowling in the west of Scotland has slowly lost it's competitive edge, replaced by many other distractions."

"St Fillans Bowling Club is no exception and struggles to keep the interest alive. So much so that the bowling club members recognise that the money held in the account lies dormant when no equipment or expense is needed.  As a result, club members have agreed to donate the sum of £640 equally to First Responce and Scotland's Charity Air ambulance."

Ian is hoping that the carpet bowling can be revived in the village one day. He added "The bowling club stores all the necessary equipment in waiting for the day when sufficient members are willing to come and play locally each Monday from October to March in the Sandison Hall. It's fun and you don't have to live in the village to play."

Those interested in having a game of bowls can call Ian on 253.


21 August 2018 (updated 17 September)

A85 Comrie West - Resurfacing - from 16th September 2018.

BEAR Scotland on behalf of Transport Scotland have upcoming resurfacing works on the A85 between Comrie and Tullybannocher programmed for week commencing Sunday 16th September 2018 and likely taking 3 weeks to complete. The works will be undertaken during night time working between the hours of 7pm and 7am in an effort to minimise disruption to road users. Please note, this is the maximum working window and the works will likely finish much earlier each night depending on progress. 

In week 1, traffic management will be a 10mph convoy for the first 4 nights (Sunday 16th to Wednesday 19th) and then on night 5 (Thursday 20th September) a road closure will be required to carry out the resurfacing at the tight bend located at the start of the site. Amnesties will be at 10pm, 12am, 2am & 4am. The road will be open as normal overnight on both Friday 21th and Saturday 22nd.

Week 2 & 3 will see the works head west and out of the village where a road closure will be required due to narrow road widths. This is from Sunday 23rd September to the morning of Friday 5th October. Again amnesties will be at 10pm, 12am, 2am & 4am. At this point it is not clear if the road will be open on the nights of Friday 28th and Saturday 29th September. A further update will follow once this is clarified.

However, the good news is that from Monday 24th September the A85 will be closed as publicised but the back road via Dalchonzie and the Ross Bridge will be accessible. This will hopefully make life significantly easier for many of you.

The LOCATION PLAN opens in a New window.


16 July 2018

Knotweed spraying at the east end of the village next to the Earn.


13 July 2018

Lady Hope

Today two members of the Garden Group started work to restore the floral display Sam created in memory of his late wife Sue.

Sam gave his permission for this work to be done as he is now not feeling able to do this himself.

There is still some work to be done before planting starts, but if anyone has a spare plant or cuttings which would work in the boat please contact Lorna.

Regards, Sheila



30 June 2018

Dundurn Church Coffee morning


5 June 2018

Gardening Group

Once again, thank you to all the villagers who helped today. There was a excellent  turnout and we accomplished a great deal. A warm welcome to the new members of our group. 


3 June 2018


On Saturday the 9th of June, I will be participating in the Edinburgh Moonwalk. This is an overnight charity marathon raising funds for the fight against breast cancer. 

If anyone would be kind enough to sponsor me, no matter what the amount, you can do so in the following ways -

1. Online at -

2. I will put a sponsor form in the village shop.

All monies raised go to a very worthwhile charity, for an excellent cause and any donations are gratefully received.

Thanks you,

Richard Graham

Update 20 June 2018

I am delighted to say that I have raised £1400, which with Gift Aid is significantly more. Much of my sponsorship came from this village, with two extremely generous donations being made by villagers who wish to remain anonymous.

Thank you to all who sponsored me, no matter what the amount. I am very grateful for your support.  

With sincere thanks,



29 May 2018

Camping in the Park Update

A comprehensive update can be viewed in a new window HERE

A handy overview of the figures on camping in March and April can be viewed or printed in a pdf version HERE.

Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park



29 April 2018

The Great Loch Earn Boat Race

There were a small number of entrants this year, with only four boats being taken. The weather was good, and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves, particularly as the start and finish were so much improved. Thanks again to Brad and all at the Achray, to the sponsors Strathearn Gin and to the Festive Committee. 

St Fillans entered two boats, the Gents team (Richard, Johnathon, Mac and Bruce) named Zeroes Not Heroes and the ladies team (Carol, Louise, Katy and Pamela) named Mama Mia. The gents team won the event and the ladies won the veterans trophy. Significant funds were raised by both teams for MND Scotland and thank you to all who sponsored both boats.


24 April 2018

Gardening Group

Thank you to all the villagers who helped today to cut back the overgrowth on the shore at the East end of the loch and on the banks of the Earn adjacent to Liam's car park. Further clearing sessions will be arranged in the near future.


10 April 2018


The 2019 St Fillans Burns Supper will be held in The Sandison Hall on Saturday 26th January. Reception Drinks 7:00 pm for 7:25 pm.

Now that Easter had passed, it’s time to think about Burns Suppers!

The new organising group has started planning this bi-annual event, so please save the date. It will take place in the Sandison Hall on Saturday 26 January 2019 and is always a must-attend highlight of the village calendar.

Tickets will be on sale after the Festive Weekend on a first-come basis.

Russell, Alex, Frances, Dave.

The Top Table will be piped in at 7:30 pm prompt therefore guests must be seated by 7.25 pm.


28 March 2018

Guide Dogs for the Blind Association

Hi Folks,
Barney here, with a tale to tell and a tail to wag because of it.
Next month marks my 9th birthday, which means my last year of service duty begins, leading to demob when I must retire and give up my harness.
My actual birthday is April the 24th, which happens to coincide with the London marathon - the biggest and best in the world and a glorious opportunity for me to go out with a bang! Not that I will be running in it myself of course —too many lamp-posts to sniff in London!- but my Boss’s daughter, Kirsty, will be running for me.
Even when I’m off lead on daily walks on the hill paths and tracks around St Fillans with the Boss, I am always keeping a watchful eye on him.  I love the freedom in this Village and surrounding hills but I am so proud of the Harness uniform I wear when we take to the towns and cities, keeping the Gaffer on the straight and narrow, reminding him to visit the hostelry where our thirst is quenched and there’s always a biscuit treat in the right hand pocket! 
Kirsty will leave behind her Aberdeen Cafe for the Big Smoke with the full backing of “Guide Dogs for the Blind Association” wearing all their dress paraphernalia. After months of hard training - days, nights and weekends - she runs proudly in recognition of this fabulous charity and all the hundreds of puppy walkers, volunteers and Dog trainers who serve the thousands of Blind and Visually impaired Guide Dog owners all over the country.
Kirsty has personally seen the Love and devotion between her Dad and me and is eager to thank me and my brothers and sisters who give our all to our Custodians.
If you wish to help financially to train more wonderful Guide dogs me!!!!....who will give a much improved quality of life to a Blind or Visually impaired person, then please visit Kirsty’s Just Giving Page -
Many thanks from Barney WOOF WOOF

Update 21 July. Over £5940 raised so far.
















26 January 2018

Chargeable Garden Waste Collection Service

From 1st April 2018, householders who wish to recycle their garden waste in their brown bins will require a Garden Waste Permit.  The Council will be introducing the annual charge of £25 per bin for the collection of household garden waste from brown bins.  Food waste will continue to be collected from households through the brown bins free of charge. 

All households currently on the brown bin service should have been written to with information about how to arrange for a Garden Waste Permit.

Go to to order your permit.


17 January 2018

Transforming Surgical Services in Tayside

Proposals to transform surgical services across Tayside have been approved by Tayside NHS Board. View the Press release in a new window HERE.


15 January 2018

Local Development Plan 2

Perth & Kinross Council is consulting on the Proposed Local Development Plan 2 for the Perth and Kinross area. It's important to have your say on what's proposed in your area. 

Please view the video created by The Environment Service of Perth and Kinross Council which is a promotional video of the proposed Local Development Plan 2.  The video is to urge you to comment on the plan that may affect our area.

**The Period for Representation on the Proposed Local Development Plan has now closed**

Click HERE to view the video.


13 January 2018

21CN Upgrade to St Fillans Exhange

The St Fillans Telephone Exchange was upgraded yesterday to 21CN. This has more or less doubled our download and upload broadband speeds. Roll on fibreoptics.

21CN (21st Century Network) is a Next Generation Network (NGN) being deployed by British Telecom. The core aim of the project is to bring the UK's telecoms network in to the digital age.

The following are some of the key changes that 21CN will bring:

  • The national PSTN phone network will be moved on to a digital IP network - most of it has long ago. We're in the slow lane
  • The retirement of 16 existing legacy networks and the introduction of a single "multi-service" network
  • The national roll-out of ADSL2+, offering services at up to 19Mbps. ADSL2+ Annex M will also be deployed, offering upstream rates of up to 2.5Mbps
  • A complete overhaul of the broadband services offered. A range of new configurable QoS (Quality of Service) products will be made available.

21CN (ADSL2+) has a Maximum speed of 19Mbps. 21CN is a pre-requisite for Fibreoptic based Superfast Broadband - FTTC or FTTP (Fibre to the Cabinet or to the Premises respectively).

Jim says "It's progress towards fibre; that's us now with the layer 3 switch needed for modern fibre stuff."


1 December 2017

A85 St Fillans Bus Stop Improvements

These improvements have now been postponed due to programming issues. See below.


14 November 2017

New Bus Timetable

View the St Fillans Bus Timetable updated 20 November 2017 in a new window.

Service 15 will operate Perth - Crieff - Comrie - St Fillans. Service 15A journeys will commence from Perth and operate via Crieff and then route to Stirling.

The present 9:35 am departure from St Fillans will now leave at 9:50 am.

A new Service 15 arrival in St Fillans at 11:48 am will be provided but the 2:40 pm arrival will no longer operate.  Additionally there will be a new 11:50 am St Fillans Service 15 departure but no 2:45 pm departure.

The late night Saturday bus back from Crieff will now leave 10 minutes later at 10:00 pm.













Thanks to all who have used this Saturday night service. Please keep on using it to wine, dine, meet friends etc in Comrie and Crieff.

Perth & Kinross Council will continue to monitor the usage closely and further review the sustainability of this service.

Thanks again for your support,



13 November 2017

A85 St Fillans Bus Stop Improvements

See 1 December entry above

BEAR Scotland, acting on behalf of Transport Scotland, are proposing to carry out bus stop improvements on the A85 St Fillans. The works are programmed for construction between Monday 4th December to Friday 15th December 2017. The work will be carried out between 7am and 7pm each day.

Click HERE for the location plan which will open in a new window.

Click HERE for the consultation letter which describes the works. This will open in a new window.


3 November 2017

Official Opening of Phase 3 of the Loch Earn Railway Path

Phase 3 of the Loch Earn Railway Path was opened by Cecil Smylie (Chair, St Fillans Community Trust) on the afternnon of 3rd November 2017.

This was followed by an optional walk or cycle to the ‘Crocodile’ and back

and then Tea/Coffee/Biscuits at the Four Seasons Hotel.                                                 


13 0ctober  2017

The Commemorative Cairn

A Cairn to commemorate the 200th Anniversary of the renaming of St Fillans in 1817 has been built at the 69818 24417 grid reference (top of Station Road). At 18:17 hrs exactly, the first stone was laid by our oldest resident Professor John Forty and the second by one of our youngest Villagers, Evie Allen.

The Cairn was successfully completed on the 7th October by a host of villagers and includes a Time Capsule containing the St Fillans Guide, copies of the August & September “Villagers” both of which featured the Festive Weekend activities, John Forty's  "Life in the Village", a Memory Stick with downloads from the village Website, a Letter from an Eye-Witness (now living in Wales) to Queen Wilhelmina's visit in 1932 and Dave's reply thereto, the Festive Weekend Wine Label, a Golf Club Scorecard and the Village Telephone Directory.


25 September 2017

Loch Earn Railway Path Project Plans


Click the image above to view the Plans in a new window (pdf)

Page 1 shows phases 4, 5 and 6 (proposed)

Page 2 shows phases 1, 2 and 3 (completed)

For points of interest along the Railway Path click HERE to view in a new window.


30 July 2017

Loch Earn Railway Path

A total of 8,712 people have used our completed phase 2 section of the path in its first year! Our counter tells us the number of walkers was 6,377 and 2,335 cyclists. Phase 3 is now finished. 


29 June 2017

Playpark Update

We now have provisionally secured most of the funding, which should be enough for the playpark to go ahead in some form. This is good news, but one of our funders was not able to give as much as we had hoped, so we are £35k+ short of the total needed to complete our original exciting plan. We are still hopeful of raising the rest, by inviting help from local landowners and indeed local people, who may be in a position to support us, by sponsoring some elements.

We now have planning consent, so that detailed plans and paperwork can go ahead. We hope that the playpark will be open in March 2018, and of course, it will link in with the fantastic new cyclepath. This is several years later than we had hoped, and it has been a frustrating process, but hopefully worth it all.

Please get in touch if you feel you can help, or wish more information.

Russell Cunningham, for the Playpark Group


20 June 2017

Community Action Plan

You can view the Community Action Plan 2017 - 2022 in a new window HERE,

The Delivery Plan HERE and

The One Year Plan HERE

The Community Action Plan Survey results can be downloaded as a Powerpoint presentation HERE




20 June 2017

Drover's Bho Sculpture Unveiled on

BLiSS trail at Sustrans Cycle RT7 Strathyre 

A sculpture of a highland drover's cow, has been set on Sustrans cycle RT7 in Strathyre by the Loch Earn Tourism Information (LETi) group to celebrate Scotland's Year of History Heritage and Archaeology on the award winning BLiSS trail. 

Drover's Bho by Kev Paxton of ArtFe blacksmiths is the latest addition to the regional Scottish Thistle Award Winning BLiSS trail that links Balquhidder. Lochearnhead, Strathyre and St Fillans villages with eye catching art installations. View More in new window.

See also our 'Things to Do' page for more about BLiSS.


22 May 2017

Phase 3 of Railway Path

Thank you all for your patience and understanding while the latest section of the Railway Path is being constructed - we appreciate that the noise has been more of a nuisance than was expected. For various reasons, this section has been quite challenging but hopefully the worst is over!

We are hoping that the tunnel will soon be unlocked so that work can move more easily westwards along the track. As this is a live construction site, for health & safety reasons, please try to keep away from the area.

The route has been well cleared for long term safety and maintenance reasons and the cuttings & rock-faces have been thoroughly checked for any potential danger.

The route has also been cleared to a width, where possible, to allow for an 'equine grass strip' to run alongside the actual path. This is part of an incentive within the National Park Authority and Sustrans, to encourage further users to enjoy a safe and traffic free environment.


Please note; work will also soon be starting on one of the main access paths from the village to the Railway Path. This will run as a whin dust track from the end of Shoemakers Lane to the Football Playing Field, with a whin dust footpath branching off and zig-zagging up the embankment on to the Railway Path. (This path is also designed to be a direct link to the new Play Park, from both the village and the Railway Path.)

Click HERE to view a location plan for this phase.

Best regards,

Geoff Carter


10 March 2017

Fibreoptic Broadband in St Fillans

As you can see there is still some way to go. This schematic will be updated as progress is made.


22 December 2016

A Household Waste Recycling Centre Permit System was introduced at all Perth & Kinross Recycling Centres from January 2017.

Household Waste Recycling Permits click HERE