Village News

For Local Bus Timetable Click HERE -  Stagecoach Service updated 7 November 2022 (Sweeney's minibus service in red - new timetable was expected early June 2023 from P&K but has still not arrived in November). You can always check if a service is running on X (Twitter) - Stagecoach East Scotland and on the Stagecoach App.

For Bin Collection dates 2024 Click HERE


19 March 2024

St Fillans Place Plan Files

The St Fillans Place Plan can now be viewed in a new window HERE

The appendices to the Place Plan can be viewed in a new window HERE


9 March 2024

Minutes of the Sandsion Hall AGM on 16 February 2024

The Minutes of the Sandison Hall AGM held on 16 February 2024  can be viewed in a pdf file in a new window HERE (corrected by the Swiss PDF Accessibility Validation Engine).


4 March 2024

Minutes of the Community Council on 21 February 2024

The Minutes of the Community Council held on 21 Februsry 2024  can be viewed in a pdf file in a new window HERE (corrected by the Swiss PDF Accessibility Validation Engine).


Updated 10 April 2024 

Rambling about Dundurn Parish Parts 1, 2, 3 and 4

- from articles first published in the Villagers by The Old Crock (Jim Brierley).

Click HERE to open and view part 1 in a new window.

Click HERE to open and view part 2 in a new window

Click HERE to open and view part 3 in a new window   

Cllck HERE to open and view part 4 in a new window   

(These pdf files have been corrected by the Swiss PDF Accessibility Validation Engine).

Part 5 coming soon


20 December 2023

Apple Books Version of St Fillans Phone Book 2024

St Fillans Phone Book version 6.1 2024 of the "ePub" file is now available for Apple 'Books' (formerly 'iBooks') for use on iMacs, MacBooks, iPads and iPhones and will be sent out shortly to those on the Apple Books distribution list. Last updated 30 December 2023. In this latest update you can dial direct from the directory on your iPhone.

If you wish to be added to the distribution list, please email me 


The latest version of the St Fillans Phone Book 2024 is contained in a pdf file and can be downoaded from the Community Council web page HERE



A85/St Fillans - Bus Stop Improvements

10 December 2023

Following recent feedback from some villagers and subsequent meetings with BEAR Scotland and P&K, please see the final plans for the Village bus stops by clicking  HERE.

In summary,

1 of the stops in the village situated on a bend will be removed.
The first stop of the loch side at the east end of the village will be pulled back to the beginning of the village.
The last stop in the village on the loch side will be moved to opposite the existing bus stop.
There will be wooden shelters where applicable installed in keeping with the look and feel of the village.

Work is yet to be scheduled but I will update on when this is going to commence once I know.

Best wishes,


Donna Littler, Chair, St Fillans Community Council


Incidences of theft/ houses being scoped 

10 December 2023

Following the recent theft in the village and break in's in Comrie, our Community Police Officer Peter has sent on the following information to share on their current ' After Dark' campaign.

The information contains some details on how to keep your property secure and also a copy of a 'calling card' they are using. Peter has also suggested that if you are planning being away from home for any period of time to make a neighbour aware to help look out for any suspicious activity.

After Dark Home Security Advice


Best Wishes,


Donna Littler, Chair, St Fillans Community Council


16 November 2023

Hosptal Lift Scheme


14 November 2023

Minutes of the Community Council AGM and ordinary meeting of 1 November 2023

The Minutes of the Community Council AGM held on 1 November 2023 can be viewed in a pdf file in a new window HERE (corrected by the Swiss PDF Accessibility Validation Engine).

The Minutes of the Community Council held on 1 November 2023 can be viewed in a pdf file in a new window HERE (corrected by the Swiss PDF Accessibility Validation Engine).


13 November 2023

Glen Lednock Wind Farm

Following on from tonight's Glen Lednock Windfarm Public Exhibition in the Sandison Hall, please find a link ibelow to the website containing all the latest information on the proposed windfarm.

Best Wishes,

13 November 2023

Tay Forest National Park Public Consultation

Following the recent Community Council update, please find below some information in relation to the proposed Tay Forest National Park from PKC.

The public consultation on our bid for Highland Perthshire to be designated as a national park is still open.

A key aim is to ensure that the bid submission and the vision for a national park it sets out to reflect the views of the many different people who live and work in the area. We want you to help us shape our bid; to help us design a national park that will represent our heritage, environment, and communities and promote our wonderful landscape in the best way.

The consultation is now closed but information is still available at:

Best wishes,

20 September 2023

Loch Earn Railway Path Project - Sixth Phase

The latest section of the Loch Earn Railway Path to have been upgraded to all-ability status runs from the Glentarken Bridge to Derry Wood, just North of the Loch Earn Sailing Club. Direct access to this new section can be gained via the Glentarken Track that runs up from the A85, near the lay-by opposite the Sailing Club.

Special thanks go to Sustrans, NatureScot, Perth & Kinross Council, Paths for All, Aquila Ecology and the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Authority for their continuing support and funding; to Transport, Planning & Engineering for their Design and Project Management; to the Landowners, Mr Neil Gregory, Drummond Estates and their tenant at Woodhouse Farm, for their patience and cooperation; and lastly to AB Gairns for their outstanding construction work and commitment in delivering this phase of works.

The final three phases of the Upgrade Project for an all-ability route between Comrie and Lochearnhead are currently being planned. At this time, the whole route is passable but these last three unfinished sections, between St Fillans and Lochearnhead, are only possible on foot or mountain bike.



17 September 2023

Heritage Group

The village Heritage Group visit Drummond Estate Archive. CLICK HERE for their report.



17 September 2023

Minutes of Community Council meeting

The Minutes of the Community Council held on 30 August 2023 can be viewed in a pdf file in a new window HERE  (meets accessibilty tests carried out by the eAccessibility PDF checker and are based on the WCAG 2.0 PDF Techniques).


31 August 2023

Villagers Magazine - The St Fillans Bit

The September issue of the Villagers Magazine is now available in the Village Shop. This is the fourth in the planned trial of four print copies.

Sales in St Fillans have been relatively poor and I am left with the opinion that given our other successful real time communications media (Email, Website and Reach Out/via WhatsApp) there is no longer a demand for this publication in our Village. While disappointing, that is a reflection of the success of the other media strands. The abiding downside of discontinuance would of course be loss of some archive material plotting the history of the Village.

Aside from that, most of you will be aware that Kathy and I have put our home on the market with the intention of downsizing and moving closer to at least some of our family. As a result, September will be my final input to “The Villagers St Fillans Bit”.


While circulation in St Fillans has not been great, the Editor advises that copies sold in the other 3 Villages have been sufficient for the publication to wash its face in the near term. Accordingly, should someone else in St Fillans like to take over the co-ordination of our section of the Magazine, there will still be a magazine to write for.

I am happy to talk to anyone who is interested in doing this, explain what is required and will give advice (if requested) while we are still resident. Without that, sorry, but the Magazine will be reduced to three Villages of Balquidder, Lochearnhead and Strathyre from October.

I must conclude by thanking all the regular contributors to the Villagers, namely Andrea Hudspeth, Sarah Ross and David Gow. A special mention to Jim Brierley who keeps his name in the background but has contributed an amazing number of articles and information to the publication over very many years. Without their input, there would not have been a St Fillans Bit as we know it.



11 July 2023

The Sandsion Hall Annual Subscription 2023

For two years your Village Hall had to remain closed because of Covid restrictions. Whilst we were closed, we still had to meet electricity, insurance and other essential costs. The “cost of living” crisis has not bypassed the Village Hall and it now hasto cope with substantially increased energy costs. A new 3-year electricity contract has been entered into with Scottish Power but at more than double the previous cost. Other substantial costs include Insurance and licenses for public entertainment.

The annual subscription to the Association, The Sandison Hall, is now due and, as normal, this letter is being sent to all householders in St Fillans. The subscription rate is unchanged at £5.00 per adult and we hope that, in addition to the subscription, we would ask all members to consider making an additional donation to Hall funds.

Please click on the link below for more information and a subscription form.


The Hall committee.



5 July 2023

St Fillans Toilets

‘Legs crossed in desperation’.

Even the P ‘ee’ can find no relief in St Fillans

The National Park Partnership Plan sets out how we will work together to achieve a shared vision for the area - The draft plan 2024-29 is supposed to outline and give an indication of how global and climate changes impact on the local communities. It states that together we must make transformational changes in the way that we live in, work in or visit the national park.

Here on Loch Earn we have been told we're a ‘tourist hot spot’ yet both the National Park in particular and Perth & Kinross by default appear to treat us as irrelevant.

Loch Lomond & Loch Venacher get preferential treatment with more than adequate toilet and camping facilities, whilst here on Loch Earn ‘next to nothing’.

This year at St Fillans the toilets have been downgraded, the gents have been closed; the signage on the ladies reads ‘one in one out’. Without consultation the local authority, Perth & Kinross, have downgraded it to a Unisex toilet, despite the fact that there is nothing to indicate that this is the case.

The National Park is providing ‘so called’ official camp sites around the loch side, with no additional toilet facilities. Fishermen roll up, find the gent’s toilet locked and proceed to urinate behind the building, which is in a deplorable state of repair, with flaking paintwork, damaged fascia boarding and a jungle of weeds growing around the perimeter.

Don’t take my word for it, go and take a look for yourselves! If they can’t get the small issues sorted now? What hope is there for the larger issues in the future?

Take a Pride in Perthshire – it’s our Village



3 July 2023

The July Edition of The Villagers Magazine

The latest edition of the Villagers Magazine is now available in the Village Store.
It will be stocked in a stand with a coin slot in its base. The cost is £2.50 reflecting printing and paper cost rises.
Remember, this is a 4 month trial run to determine its future viability. 

During this trial period, it will still be available to subscribers on line at the usual address.
The Villagers



23 May 2023

Minutes of the Community Council meeting on 10 May 2023

The Minutes of the Community Council held on 10 May 2023 can be viewed in a pdf file in a new window HERE  (meets accessibilty tests carried out by the eAccessibility PDF checker and are based on the WCAG 2.0 PDF Techniques).


17 May 2023

St Fillans Golf Lessons

Starting this week-end (20th May), a course of golf lessons for anyone wishing to Give it a Go!

Coaching from Allan Martin, PGA Pro of Callander, 11am each Saturday for a few weeks.

Please enrol by email or PM to the golf club. [email protected] .

£10 lesson fee includes a tea/coffee after the lesson. 01764 685312


21 April 2023 Drummond Windfarm Site

A public exhibition for the Drummond Windfarm Site (currently being re-named to the Glentarken Wind Farm) was held in the Sandison Hall on the 20th April 2023.

A map of the proposed 14 windturbines is shown below.


8 April 2023

Thank you

Dear Villagers,

There has been a Herculean effort from various villagers over the last few months raising over £4200 for various charities and the upkeep of the village Hall.

On behalf of the Sandison hall we would like to thank The Burns Supper Committee and The Swishing Team members for their generous donations.

The recent very successful Fools Bazaar raised £2000 for us, and Alex is kindly donating the proceeds of his forthcoming Tai Chi sessions to our Hall.

Thank you all very much for all your hard work. It is very much appreciated.

Trish Forrester,

on behalf of Sandison Hall Committee.


6 April 2023

Fools Bazaar thank you

Dear Villagers

The Fools Bazaar Team which to extend to you all an enormous thank you for your most generous donations and amazing support to our Village Hall fundraising event.

It is truly all down to your remarkable contributions that the day proved to be such a great success.

We have after “pledged” donations still to come in, which once received will result in this small village of ours having raised an astonishing amount of £2,000.00



18 March 2023

Thank You


12 March 2023

St Fillans Art and Craft Club

Calling all creatives!

The St Fillans Art and Craft club needs you! 
We are organising an exhibition to showcase the fantastic range of artistic and creative talent in St Fillans. This event will be held on the 6th to 11th September 2023 at Sandison Hall.
We are planning to be part of the Perth Open Studios Festival. So the event will be advertised online and through their Open Studios Festival leaflets. 
We would love to hear from Artists and Crafters in the village. 
If you are interested in participating, please respond to the email address below by the 31st March 2023. Please give a brief description of your creative talents and how you would like to display your work.
Please reply to this email address. [email protected]m
Once everyone has noted their interest we will gather together to discuss our plans for the exhibition.
This is a great opportunity for us to really highlight the range of talented creative individuals in the village.
Thank you and we look forward to hearing from you. 
Stewart, Audrey and Marie-Claire

11 March 2023

Swishing thank you

Our Swishing Team from last Saturday would like to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who both donated to and attended our event last weekend, we hope you all had a lovely time and got some “new to you” items that you’re enjoying using.

Thanks to everyone’s generous donations we raised an amazing grand total of £1,850. We have today completed the transactions of our donations the total has been split as follows:

Marie Curie - £500

SSPCA - £500

St Fillans Community Trust - £500

Sandison Hall - £350

Thanks again, massively appreciated.



28 February 2023

Construction of Phase 5b - Loch Earn Railway Path

Please be aware; work is about to start on upgrading a section of our Loch Earn Railway Path, stretching westwards towards Lochearhead from the Glentarken Bridge. This section is just over one kilometre in length and crosses the Glentarken Track that starts from the A85, near the Loch Earn Sailing Club. The Glentarken Track is being used as access for materials and equipment, and the site compound is also to the side of this track.

Access along the Railway Path and the Glentarken Track will be possible at all times (under supervision during working hours) but it would be appreciated (for health and safety reasons) if everyone would avoid the area, if at all possible, while construction is taking place. The work is planned to last for about 10 weeks and I will let everyone know when the site is clear and safe.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Best regards, Geoff.


24 February 2023

AGMs of the Sandison Hall and the Community Trust

The AGMs of the Sandison Hall and the Community Trust were held on 24 February 2023.

The Sandison Hall AGM Agenda and a synopsis of the year’s financial results can be viewed in a new window by clicking


The Sandison Hall Treasurer's Report can be viewed in a new window by clicking


The Sandison Hall Chairman's Report can be viewed in a new window by clicking


The St Fillans Community Trust AGM Agenda can be viewed in a new window by clicking


The St Fillans Community Trust AGM Abridged Accounts can be viewed in a new window by clicking


The St Fillans Community Trust AGM Minutes 2022 can be viewed in a new window by clicking


The full accounts can be accessed at Companies House - Company No: 329836 under filings.

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23 February 2023

Minutes of Community Council Meeting held on 15 February 2023

The Minutes of the Community Council held on 15 February 2023 can be viewed in a pdf file in a new window HERE (meets accessibilty tests carried out by the eAccessibility PDF checker and are based on the WCAG 2.0 PDF Techniques).


19 February 2023

Heritage Update

Our village heritage expert, Jim Brierley, has provided new information re- the siting of Morell. This can be viewed on the village website Heritage page which now shows a map from 1783 positioning Morell as a settlement on the hillside above Tynereoch.

You can also read an update about the Glentarken settlements just below the oval photograph of Neish Island.


Winter Edition of Voice Magazine

21 December 2022

The Winter edition of our Voice magazine which is packed with news and other interesting features on different aspects of the National Park in an easy to use flick page format and can be viewed by clicking on:  

31 October 2022
Community Council minutes from19 October 2022

The Minutes of the Community Council AGM held on 19 October 2022 can be viewed in a pdf file in a new window HERE. This includes the Chairman's Report and the Treasurer's report, (meets accessibilty tests carried out by the eAccessibility PDF checker and are based on the WCAG 2.0 PDF Techniques).

The Minutes of the Community Council EGM held on 19 October 2022 can be viewed in a pdf file in a new window HERE (meets accessibilty tests carried out by the eAccessibility PDF checker and are based on the WCAG 2.0 PDF Techniques).

The Minutes of the Community Council held on 19 October 2022 can be viewed in a pdf file in a new window HERE (meets accessibilty tests carried out by the eAccessibility PDF checker and are based on the WCAG 2.0 PDF Techniques).

30 October 2022
Server Maintenance Notice - Inspire Digital

The St Fillans website will soon be migrating it’s servers to a new network fabric, to allow optimised networking configuration and resilience.
This work is essential to the continual development of the website. All switches are also receiving firmware updates to mitigate against current vulnerabilities.

To minimise disruption, the work will be carried out from 23:59 GMT, 2nd November 2022 until 02:00am GMT on the 3rd November 2022. During that time, engineers from Inspire's partner company, ANS Group, will be working on our servers and there will be a period when there will be an interruption to network connectivity.


26 October 2022
St Fillans Play Park

Our Play Park was one of the original aims of our Community Action Plan back in 2008.  After years of tenacity and hard work, it has become a much-loved feature of the Village and popular destination for local families and visitors alike.

However the Play Park is a 'legacy' project i.e. it needs constant attention and we are beginning to understand some of the costs required to keep it in good condition and make good repairs either through wear and tear or indeed through damage.  We need to consider ways in which we can develop the funds required on an annual basis to support this work.  

Currently Perth and Kinross Council cuts most of the grass areas and Anne Patrick (and other volunteers) kindly maintain the Willow Tunnel and (soon to be repaired) Eagle's Eyrie.

We are working on a regular maintenance programme which we hope can be shared round a number of volunteers that will help to keep the park to a standard that we would all like to see.  I am keen to organise around 3 half day work party days in the year  - volunteers with different skills (and power tools!) will be welcome. 

If you could let me know if you are interested in helping out by sending me an email and your mobile phone number - my intention is to start a Whatsapp group for Park volunteers to help us keep in touch about what work is required throughout the year.  I hope that with a number of volunteers the work required will be kept to a manageable workload.

We are also starting to consider an application to the local Perth and Kinross Community Investment Fund to help us complete the painted stones project which you started in 2019 and which has taken up permanent residence on Murray Henderson's spare room floor!  If anyone knows of a builder that might be able to support and advise on this project we would love to hear from them.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Thank you

Email [email protected]

10 September 2022
The Queen 1926-2022

Dear all,

Following the death of our Queen, Elizabeth II and as a mark of respect from the folks of St Fillans, a memorial book will be set up in Dundurn Church tomorrow Sunday 11th September 2022 and thereafter at the Village Store for the next few weeks.
Please feel free to put your name and thoughts in the book. 
The book will then be forwarded on.
Kind regards
Stewart Gavigan


6 September 2022

St Fillans Mighty Hikers
Dear Villagers

Well done to Stewart & Steve on their achievement at the weekend - a total of 16 villagers have now completed the Macmillan Rob Roy Way Mighty Hike - walking 26 miles, raising funds for the charity.

We’re working towards a new challenge in 2023, although we’ve still to decide what that is.

You’ve maybe read in The Villagers that our local walking group have been busy doing training walks, with 5 completed since July and a collective total of 270 miles walked.

Anyone in the village is welcome to walk with us. I spoke to a few of you who were interested over the festive weekend. If you’d like to be kept in the loop about upcoming walks you’re welcome to join us on the Spond App here -
- there’s absolutely no obligation to walk by joining the group.

We generally walk every fortnight - details of our next 4 walks are already published on Spond.

If you just want to find out more please drop me an email to [email protected]

Regards, Gordon

24 August 2022

Sandison Hall Annual Subscription 2022

For two years your Village Hall had to remain closed because of Covid restrictions. Whilst we were closed, we still had to meet electricity, insurance and other essential costs. The closure has also resulted in the continued loss of all the regular users being the Country Dancers, St Fillans Music Circle, Yoga / keep fit.

The annual subscription to the Association, The Sandison Hall, is now due and we hope all St Fillans Villagers will subscribe and also consider a donation as well.annual subscription to the Association, The Sandison Hall, is now due

Please click ton the link below for more information and a subscription form.


The Hall committee.

Village Hall Subscription Form

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28 July 2022
Volunteers St Fillans Path Group
Hello Villagers

The St Fillans Path Group is a small group of volunteers who maintain the core path / Loch Earn Railway Path (LERP) from as far as the east of the village at Tynreoch and to the west as far as the Loch Earn Sailing Club. The main jobs are cutting back vegetation from encroaching onto the path and clearing the ditches and culverts to try and prevent any drainage issues etc. We usually meet during the summer months on a Monday afternoon and work for approx. 1 to 2 hours.

We are looking for new additional volunteers to join the group and if you are interested or want further details please email Anne at [email protected]. If you feel you cannot commit to joining we will periodically send either a village email or what’s app group message seeking volunteer assistance on a specific date etc.

We look forward to welcoming some new volunteers soon.

Best regards.

The St Fillans Path Group

1 July 2022 (updated 6 July 2022)
Loch Earn Railway Path Achievement Plan v 7.0
Please CLICK HERE to view the Loch Earn Railway Path Achievement Plan v 7.0 showing completed (and not yet completed) sections of the Loch Earn Railway Path route between Dalchonzie and Lochearnhead.
This plan shows the latest update - the completion of Phase 5a. This Phase finishes the section behind St Fillans and links the east and west ends of the village with a safe, off-road, all-ability route.
The invitation to the opening is now on Wednesday 10th August. See 'Events'.
28 June 2022
St Fillans Mighty Hikers - a new challenge for 2023!

Dear Villagers
In August last year a team of 14 villagers took part in the Macmillan Rob Roy Way Mighty Hike - walking 26 miles, raising over £8000 for the charity – 

Click HERE to see a couple of slides that summarise the team’s achievement (please scroll down for second slide).

The original team have started planning & organising a new challenge for 2023.  Nothing is finalised yet but we’re considering walking 2 suitable adjacent sections, with an overnight stay, on either the West Highland Way or the Great Glen Way.  We’ve still to decide on exactly when we’ll complete the challenge & consider ways we could use the challenge as a focus to raise funds for a village good cause or project.

What we have decided is to schedule fortnightly training walks, starting next month - these will be open to anyone in the village who wants to join in.  Details of the walks will be published in advance & include; distance, duration, terrain etc. so you can decide if it’s one you’d like to try.  Although there’s no obligation to take part in our main 2023 challenge, you may want to consider expressing an interest now or after you’ve joined in a few walks or support the team in some other way.

If you want to be included in receiving details of the training walks, find out more about the challenge or suggest a village good cause/project, drop me an email to [email protected]

Regards, Gordon

Gordon McDowall

The White House, Dundurn Walk

30 May 2022
Results of Feasibility Exercises on Site for Replacement Village Hall/Community Centre.

Dear Villagers,

If you attend the Community Council, you will know that over the last several months a subgroup has been undertaking the early stages of a Feasibility Study to initially review options for a site for a larger Village Hall. This follows on from the 2017-2020 Community Action Plan when the Village agreed that it would be an exercise worthy of consideration given the expansion of housing through the creation of Dundurn Walk. As things now stand it is likely that the Dundurn development could again roughly double in size in the next few years which would likely take the Village to a resident population close to 200. Sandison Hall has served us well but is not purpose built and its seated capacity (theatre style) is approximately 90.

The subgroup comprised Richard Graham, Steve Howell, Barry Fisher and myself. It firstly examined areas of land within the Village and determined that in addition to the site of the existing Hall, there were 3 other areas worth looking at. Initial parameters for this consideration were sufficiency of space for hall and storage, ease of access by car and on foot, sufficiency of parking, availability of the site and likelihood of Planning Approval for the site. 

No consideration was given to building design at this stage on the basis that there is no point in undertaking design effort if you have no site available to set it in.

The Groups work involved liaison with 2 local architects first on an informal basis. Their opinions were that the only option likely to satisfy the initial parameters was the site behind and to the east of the Village War Memorial. The Group resolved to undertake a series of studies which would determine the suitability of this site for construction and match the expectations of the National Park Planning Department regarding safeguarding of the environment.

All this would cost money and the Group noted the availability of Grant Funding from the development side of the National Park. Application was made and a grant was successful won against competition from across the NP area. The mandated work has been completed within time and within the grant budget,

The results were shared with Community Council at their May meeting and it was resolved that the Managing Architects Summary Report and Conclusions should be made available to the Village. CLICK HERE for the report (meets accessibility tests carried out by the eAccessibility PDF checker and are based on the WCAG 2.0 PDF Techniques). It includes summations of the extensive series of studies that were undertaken and in my view is well worth the read.

Its overall conclusion is that the studies did not throw up a show stopping problem. Further work needs to be done to determine best vehicular access point to the site from the south Road and to this end we are trying to involve the Roads Department and the Fire Service.

If a satisfactory access point can be agreed with the Authorities, the next step for the Study Group will be to hold a meeting or meetings with the Village to establish what Villagers actually want from a new hall or indeed if they really want it at all. After all, it is one thing to say 5 years ago “it’s a good idea” and another when faced to the hard work of actually making it happen. Time will tell. 

Bruce Montgomery

Managing Architects Summary Report and Conclusions REPORT

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28 February 2022

Sandison Hall AGM Minutes

Please CLICK HERE to view the minutes in a pdf file in a new window (meets accessibilty tests carried out by the eAccessibility PDF checker and are based on the WCAG 2.0 PDF Techniques).


26 February 2022

St Fillans Community Trust Ltd AGM Minutes

Please CLICK HERE to view the minutes in a pdf file in a new window (meets accessibilty tests carried out by the eAccessibility PDF checker and are based on the WCAG 2.0 PDF Techniques).


27 January 2022

Railway Path St Fillans Upgrade

Dear Villagers,

Work has now started to upgrade the small section of our Railway Path behind the 'West End' of our Village. This work will complete the off road route running behind the Village, from Station Road to the Glen Tarken Track (Peat Road), providing all ability access from one side of the village to the other. We are aware that this part of the route is regularly used by many villagers and visitors. However, we have been advised that this section of the path will need to be closed during the construction. We apologies for any inconvenience this may cause and thank everyone for their patience during this time.

CLICK HERE to see a program of construction for this section.

Please let me know if you would like any further information regarding this work.

Best regards, Geoff.


1 January 2024


Click the above heading to go back to the top of the page. You can also view and print a pdf file HERE


14 December 2021

Voice Magazine - Winter Edition - Loch Lomond and the Troassachs National Park

It can be viewed by clicking on:

The latest edition of the magazine is packed with news and other interesting features on different aspects of the National Park 


1 Oct 2021

October Villagers Magazine

We again have the Cover page featuring pics of our Mighty Hike Team who completed the 26.2mile walk on August 28th raising an unbelievable sum of money for the effort. See the Pic below.


31 May 2021

St Fillans Table Tennis Club

Dear Villagers,

We are pleased to announce the creation of St Fillans Table Tennis Club, which is now available to all St Fillans Villagers.
The Club.
Villagers have recently purchased a high-quality table tennis table, which has been installed in the Sandison Hall, along with a variety of bats and balls. As the latest COVID regulations allow us to take part in indoor sport, we can launch the club.
Due to the very small number of participants at any one time, the Hall committee have agreed to membership, rather than the usual booking fee. The agreed rates are - £30 per annum for adults (57p per week!), and £15 per annum for under 16’s. In addition, there is a fee of £1 per session. We think this represents good value for money. 
Membership Fees.
These are payable to the Sandison Hall and should be sent to Johnston Brown, either by cheque, cash, or by bank transfer to the following – RBS, 
SORT: 83-17-15, Account: 00255606.
The £1 per session should be given to Richard or Stewart, who will hand it to Johnston on a monthly basis.
The hall is currently closed to all activities other than table tennis, so please book through Richard (367), or Stewart (492), who will be able to provide you with access.
All villagers wishing to play will have an initial introduction session, to show them how to erect and put away the table safely, and to talk through related hall issues.
Here’s to some great fun.
Best wishes,
Richard and Stewart


25 May 2021

Christian Aid

Thanks to all the many generous villagers who have added to the Kiltwalk total of £1345 by another £314 in the Delivery only Christian Aid  envelope collection.

This is a fantastic amount which will go to help the very poorest in the world, and will be put to practical use helping local communities directly.

We are so grateful for your help and goodwill,
Dundurn Christian Aid Committee.


4 March 2021

Minutes of the AGMs of the Community Trust and the Sandison Hall

The minutes of the AGM of the Community Trust held on 26th February 2021 can be downloaded HERE as a 'Word' file

The minutes of the AGM of the Sandison Hall held on 26th February 2021 can be downloaded HERE as a 'Word' file

(No accessibility issues have been identified in tests of these files)


3 March 2021

Activity on Dundurn Walk Site

Hello villagers

For any Villager concerned about today’s activity on the Dundurn Walk site, be advised that it is a ground drainage survey ultimately on behalf of the Estate.
The guy on the ground is Derek Kane, who operates his own Civil’s Company and specialises in road drainage. He is contracted by another experienced Civil Engineer who has been appointed by the Architect to advise on overall water management.
In turn, as we already know, the Architect has been appointed by the Estate.
I spent half an hour with Derek this morning. He showed me what he was doing - which was essentially an exercise in determining ground consistency and porosity. 
During that chat I briefed him on the drainage issues past and present on the existing site and have since followed that up with a load of pics of the recent quite severe pooling at the usual corner and the water flow from Station Road into Dundurn Walk at times of heavy rain. I also sent pics of mini rivers running down and across the field to the same corner.
I certainly pointed him towards a solution requiring hillside water to be diverted before it reaches the upper site and which I think would also require an upgrade to the water handling capability of the Station Road drainage system given that is the logical direction for it to flow.
He will of course do his own work and make up his own mind, but he does now have background beyond that obtained only from his current site work.
Finally, I have to say I found it quite heartening that this work is being carried out so professionally.


14 February 2021

Sally Watson's Birthday

Sally Watson thanks all her friends in St Fillans for the wonderful outpouring of cards and gifts and the continuous flow of friends waving, blowing kisses, talking through the window and singing Happy Birthday.

Jean put up Happy Birthday with stars on the window, Liz and Russell's grandchildren carried a banner, Ruth and Geoff had put up bunting on the fore-shore and along the wall and there were 90 today banners round the front door.

What a wonderful demonstration of love and affection! It made my day and reinforces the fantastic Community spirit of St Fillans. Thank you again to all.

Sally Watson


7 December 2020


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Service 115 - Local Timetable (see below for Full Timetable)

Stagecoach East Scotland Full Bus Service

Stagecoach services are in black. Those in the red font are connecting minibus services betweeen St Fillans and Comrie on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays only. These are still waiting to be updated as of 19 November - estimated 2 weeks yet by P&K Council.

Monday to Friday: Stagecoach updated 7 November 2022 (Sweeney's minibus service in red - awaiting new timetable) 

St Fillans



Perth Bus Station



06:45 / 06:50



08:23 / 08:27

08:42 / 09:00*



12:11 / 12:25

12:40 / 12:45



12:41 / 13:25

13:40 / 13:44



14:11 / 14:25

14:40 / 14:45**



14:41 / 15:35***

15:50 / 15:55




17:10 / 17:15


* change at Crieff to 15A bus from Stirling only on Non-school days

**  change at Crieff to 15A bus from Stirling.

*** only on Non-school days

Saturday: Stagecoach updated 7 November 2022

St Fillans



Perth Bus Station



 08:25 / 8:30




19:10 / 19:15




23:05 / 23:05

24:00 (or 00.00)


Monday to Friday: Stagecoach updated 7 November 2022 (Sweeney's minibus service in red - awaiting new timetable) 

Perth Inveralmond Estate Opp. Depot



St Fillans


05:48 / 05:50



Perth Kinnoull Street



St Fillans


07:28 / 07:31




10:53 / 10:56

11:16 / 11:41



11:53 / 11:56

12:16 / 12:11



12:53 / 12:56

13:16 / 13:41



13:53 / 13:56

14:16 / 14:11



15:53 / 15:56



non schoolday

Saturday: updated 7 November 2022

Perth Kinnoull Street



St Fillans


06:58 / 07:01




17:53 / 17:56




22:01 / 22:03



The Saturday night return service to and from Comrie and Crieff will still operate though it now leaves St Fillans half an hour earlier 18.36 hrs.

You can also View and Print the above timetable in a pdf file - Disabled until updated

If you spot any errors, please email me HERE and I'll correct. Don


1 December 2020

Neish Island Discs – December 2020 - as published in the Villagers magazine - now available

Don and Trish Forrester's Playlist







Fleetwood Mac

Second Hand News


Dave Brubeck Quartet

It’s a Raggy Waltz




The Last resort


Terry Jacks

Seasons in the Sun


Guns N’ Roses

Sweet Child O’ Mine



Silver Machine


Diana Krall

We Just Couldn’t Say



Beach Boys

Sloop John B


Barbara Dickson

January - February



Clear White Light



23 November 2020

Dundurn Parish Church has a new minister


Craig Dobney has been inducted in to Comrie linked with Dundurn churches in Perthshire. 

Craig, aged 54  said he was excited and looking forward to the fresh new challenges ahead.

Mr Dobney, who joined the RAF in 1984 and served for 22 years as an avionics engineer, said: “At a time when life is so difficult for so many people, I feel so honoured to be called to serve the communities of Comrie and St Fillans.

“Ministry itself will be a rather different experience to the one I first imagined but one filled with opportunities to bring the Good News of God’s unending love to our communities.

“This is a time that God seems to be moving his Church from a period of survival into a period of revival in which church and community work together hand in hand to ensure that no individual, no group is left outside in the darkness and the cold and the loneliness that is so often experienced in these days of COVID-19.

“I look forward to my ordination and induction with great excitement even though numbers are limited by the current restrictions.”

Faith and hope

The son of a Baptist minister, Mr Dobney grew up in Perthshire and won an episode of the television quiz, The Weakest Link, in 2010.

Married to Donna-Kerri, the couple have four children, Laura, Steffi, Daniel and Liam, and four grandchildren, Olivia, Logan, Robyn and Chase.

Mr Dobney served with 43 Squadron at RAF Leuchars in Fife and saw active service in far flung places across the globe including the Falklands, Middle East and Baltic region.

He said serving in both Gulf wars (1990 and 2003) “enhanced” his faith in God”

Recalling his tour of duty in 1990, Mr Dobney said: “I was an engineer on the ground based in Saudi Arabia with XI Sqn Tornado F3s.

“I fixed the radar, navigation fly by wire and weapons aiming systems but I also assisted in loading the missiles and the guns.

“It was certainly a time when I returned to a deep faith in God and facing up to the fragility of one's own mortality gives you a sense of what is important in life.

“As does the thought that the weapons you had just loaded could be used to kill others.”

Serve Him and the needs of others

Mr Dobney said the call to ministry properly developed several years later when he worked as a senior manager with Air Service Training (AST), based at Perth College.

“I had a trip to Khartoum in Sudan in 2014 to complete a million-pound deal with a government-owned training organisation,” he recalled.
“Our vehicle stopped at a set of traffic lights where a number of very young children, aged around 6-10, came over to us selling little plastic toys.
“They needed the money to feed themselves and their families.

“It was heart breaking and the point when it became loud and clear that God was calling me to do something that would enable me to serve Him and serve the needs of others.”

A keen golfer and Raith Rovers season ticket holder, Mr Dobney holds a business studies degree from the Open University and a degree in Divinity from New College in Edinburgh.

In his younger days, he worked as a radio and nightclub DJ in his spare time and was the lead singer of a band called “The Grind” which performed covers of punk and heavy rock in pubs and clubs on and off base at RAF Leeming at Northallerton, North Yorkshire.

Johnston Brown


27 October 2020

Path Group

Going forward, we've recently been awarded £30k of funding from NatureScot (formally Scottish Natural Heritage) for future Project Design and Management for Railway Path.

Work Schedule and Achievement Plan

  1. LERP Fortrenn Section - full funding in place, just waiting for final signed Path Agreement from SSE and hoping for completion by 1st April 2021. 
  2. LERP Glentarken (west of bridge) - much of the design and planning done. Still needs Path Agreements, Planning Approval and additional funding. Completion hoped for end 2022. 
  3. LERP Ardveich and Derry Woods - landowner discussions, design and planning started. Completion aimed for 2022/23 
  4. Lochearnhead (Village Path Infrastructure Study which includes the Railway Path) - Sustrans and the National Park already engaged in Community Consultations. Findings and Recommendations to be published shortly. Completion 2022/23?
  5. LERP Glentarken Woods - 2023/24? 
  6. Update Village Walks information on Website, including possibility of GPS mapping. 
  7. General Path Maintenance; with the help of the Garden Group. Cutting back encroaching vegetation, clearing fallen trees etc. 


30 Sept 2020

Jim O’Donnell’s Pics for Neish Island Discs

October 2020 - as published in the Villagers magazine




Link to Track on YouTube






Norwegian Wood

The Beatles


My Cherie amour

Steve Wonder


The Lemon song

Led Zeppelin 11





Mid Air

Paul Buchanan


Secret Combination

Randy Crawford


Love shack



Roadhouse Blues

The Doors


Would you be so kind

Dodie Clarke


All I need

Jacob Collier


1 Sept 2020

Neish Island Discs – September 2020 - as published in the Villagers magazine

Harry & Hillary’s Playlist – not in any discernible order!



1: Music, John Miles

2: American Pie, Don McLean

3: Teddy Bears Picnic, Henry Hall & his Orchestra


4: Firebird, Lynyrd Skynyrd.


5: Where do you go to my lovely, Peter Sarstedt.


6: Baker Street, Gerry Rafferty


7: Bohemian Rhapsody, Queen


8: Be Not Too Hard, Joan Baez


9: Kayleigh, Marillion


10: Frankie, Sister Sledge



13 June 2020


Dear Friends

As a family we would like to thank you all so much for your love, support and for coming to bid farewell to our beloved Eric  /  Dad as he passed through the village for the last time.  He was proud to be part of this special community.

We are overwhelmed by all the donations, cards, messages, flowers, meals, cakes …. the list goes on. The kindness you have shown makes these difficult days easier to bear. 

With much love,

Lorna, Malcolm, Roslyn, Allison, Stuart and the rest of the family *

Over £1,188 raised so far.


8 May 2020


75 years ago today the guns fell silent at the end of the war in Europe. To mark this significant occasion in St Fillans, Ruth has collated contributions from valued members of our community, detailing some of their wartime memories and experiences along with an account from 'The Old Croc' about how the Parish of Dundurn celebrated victory.

A sincere thanks to all the villagers who have contributed.

Please click HERE to open the contributions in a new window.


24 March 2020

Reach Out Group

Good Day Villagers,

You will, I hope, all have seen the fliers put through everyone’s door regarding  assistance available from the St Fillans Reach Out Group, which was set up under the overview of the Community Council to try to respond to folks’ needs (particularly the self-isolating) in the present climate of Covid-19 uncertainty. That flier provided some initial points of contact, who are happy to provide support and assistance as indicated.

Since then, additional offers of specific assistance, particularly with food shopping and delivery, have been made and circulated by Liam in our Village Store, and from the proprietors of both our Hotels.

All these offers including the ability to phone the individuals whose phone numbers were listed in the original flier remain valid and that is not expected to change going forward while the Virus is still a threat.

However, this Community Support can be further enhanced and made speedier by drawing more Villagers into this Reach Out initiative. Let me explain how it might work.

The original Group who met (at 2 metre spacing!!) to discuss what could be done to help was only 7 strong. Initial decisions were immediately made, one of which was that a fast and reliable messaging system between them was essential. That was immediately set up and its creation speeded up the development of the Reach Out flier from concept, through printing and through your letterboxes within 72 hours of the meeting.

The Communications Tool we used is called WhatsApp, which is already well known and used within the Village.  For those not familiar with WhatsApp, it is a mobile phone app which allows any member of a Group to almost instantly message every other member of the same Group. Accessed through your mobile phone, it also utilises internet and so avoids problems caused by a poor mobile signal, which we know only too well in some areas of the Village particularly when indoors. It is also essentially cost free to anyone who has a reasonably modern mobile phone (either Android or IOS operating system) holding a Sim Card with a modest data allocation and a home internet service.

It is simple to use – if you can send a text message on a phone, then you can also WhatsApp! As an example of how it might work if expanded, let’s say Mrs X required a prescription to be collected from Comrie. As presently set up per the flier, this could be achieved by a phone call to one of the Volunteers listed therein. This would prompt them to send a WhatsApp message to the Group and if someone is in or is planning to pass through Comrie they would respond again via WhatsApp to say they could do it and deliver it. This information would currently not filter back to Mrs X unless and until the Volunteer who received the original request was able to call Mrs X back. Now before anyone says you can’t just waltz into a Pharmacy and pick up someone else’s prescription, I know. You need another bit of information. Usually the address will do, but sometimes a DoB is requested. That detail will be overcome as we proceed.

Getting back to the crux of the problem and the solution described above, there are too many steps involved. Accordingly, logic suggests that we should open the WhatsApp Group to the whole Village. A Group can take up to 256 members so the Village should comfortably fit.

To use the same example, if Mrs X was able to join the Group, she could WhatsApp her need instantly to the whole Group and if someone was available to accommodate her, they would confirm via WhatsApp. That confirmation would go to directly to Mrs X and to every other member of the Group so everyone else would know the need had been satisfied.

I hope I have explained the benefit of being part of this Group satisfactorily. I would also like to say, that although the Group was set up with the limited objectives already described, it has already, and will continue, to develop in a broader sense and be used to tackle other issues and opportunities. For instance, Ruth Graham yesterday advised that she had just trimmed her Rosemary plants and if anybody wanted some, they should contact her. I duly took some cuttings and very good they look too! In more normal times, it could also be pressed into service to aid folk getting in and out of Comrie given the reduced Bus Service.

The Community Council endorses the practicality and use of this Tool and I would encourage anyone who wishes to take part to join. It will enable you not just to request help but to offer it. Definitely a two-way street!

So, please consider becoming part of the Village Reach Out effort.  Simply send me an E Mail at 

[email protected]. You will need to provide me with your mobile phone number, but that will not be generally visible across the Group.

If you are unsure of how to activate WhatsApp on your mobile, log your mobile on to

where it will/should be immediately available to download at no charge.

If you are unsure of whether your phone is capable of handling it, you can still try to download it as above – it will either download or tell you it has failed.  If the latter happens or you still have a problem, send me the make and model of the phone and I will check its spec to see what is possible or find someone cleverer than me to do that if I get stuck.

IOS requires version 9 or later (the most current is v 13). Android requires version 4.0.3 or later (the most current is v 10). Older versions are not supported.

Stay Well!



19 March 2020

St Fillans Reach Out Group



14 November 2019

St Fillans - Best 9 hole Course in Scotland - Scottish Golf Tourism Awards

Members and visitors to St Fillans Golf Club have been so delighted with the presentation of the course during 2019 by green-keeper John Myles, that when  the opportunity arose to support a Scotland-wide poll, most of them expressed their support for this local club. A few weeks ago the club committee were advised that they were one of the top four 9 hole clubs in Scotland and at a prestigious presentation evening held at the Fairmont, St Andrew’s, the club were officially presented with the “Best 9 hole Course” award. Other awards went to Carnoustie, St Andrews’s and Trump Aberdeen courses.

2019 has been a good year at St Fillans with increased membership and visitor numbers after several years of decline, and it’s hoped that the recent award will bring along extra visitors in 2020. The club offers a great membership package – simply email [email protected] for details.



10 November 2019

Thank you

On behalf of the members of Dundurn Church a grateful ‘thank you’ to all in the Garden Group who joined us and helped with our big clear–up outside the church on Saturday. We shall let you know when we are ready for the next session!

And now to the ‘Knit and Natter Group’ and their incredible poppy knitting efforts which transformed the church today for our Remembrance Service. The cascade of poppies and the doves of peace tableau are stunningly beautiful and will remain in place throughout this week. The church is open every day, so please come in and view this tribute to those who gave so much that we might live in freedom and peace.

Elma Brierley

30 October 2019

Community Coo for Loch Earn BLiSS trail at Crieff Cowches Auction

Have you “herd”? Two of the 11 cow shaped designer benches from Crieff Succeeds unique summer art trail have mooved to Loch Earn to join the award winning BLISS trail, following an auction in aid of Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance, at Crieff Hydro on October 9th.

Having collaborated with Loch Earn residents and community groups to fund a collective bid sum in advance, BLiSS trail innovators Loch Earn Tourism Information (LETi) were prepared on arrival at the auction dinner held in Crieff Hydro’s Melville Hall.

After failing to win MacGregor by June McEwan (fittingly won by Crieff Highland Gathering), the LETi Loch Earn bid team persevered to win not one but two cowches on budget.  

Moodnight Meadow” by Perthshire ceramic artist Ceri White. The dark aubergine cowch has mirrored tile horns with a gold fringe, hooves and markings. Designed to represent the beauty of the countryside by moonlight, her new luxury paddock is the grassy verge overlooking Loch Earn, opposite The Four Seasons Hotel in St Fillans. 

Artist Ceri describes herself as a night owl, aware of how astonishing the landscape is by moonlight. Her humour and creative imagination fits well with BLiSS trail providing an opportunity to attract folklore and dark sky fans.

Ceri says ” At night a new mysterious landscape with unknown inhabitants emerges. Who knows what the cows get up to. Their horns and hooves are bathed in moonshine and perhaps they feel a little more glamorous and alluring - ready to welcome all the creatures of the night to their meadow” 

Viewers may recognise some of the scenes on Moodnight Meadow, as Ceri used the distinctive topiary of Perthshire's Drummond Castle Gardens for inspiration.
Moodnight Meadow by Chelsea Rodger on the BLiSS trail, St Fillans on Loch Earn

Susan Stuart owner of Four Seasons Hotel (NB The Cowch belongs to LETi and the community though it is sited on the grounds belonging to Susan, opposite the hotel).

On Watch” painted by Scottish artist Chelsea Rodger can be seen under Things to Do and scrolling down to "BLiSS Trail of Art Installations.

10 June 2019

60th Brown Cup Scottish Schools Championships Loch Earn 8th – 10th June 2019

Brown Cup 1959 - 2019

The idea of widening sailing competition beyond club membership to local schools was the idea of Jack Brown, who was the Commodore of Loch Earn Sailing club from 1960-1962. LESC are very proud to have hosted this event for 60 years. This year Morag Donaldson, Jack Brown’s daughter was invited to present the prizes. It was great to hear her tell the sailors & parents at the prize giving that her father would be so proud to see how the event has evolved.

Brown Cup 2019

This year Brooks Macdonald returned for the second year as event sponsor. Lee Crowe represented the company at the event. Brooks Macdonald kindly provided rash vests with the Brooks MacDonald logo, Brown Cup logo & past winners for all the competitors. 

The event kicked off with a two day training camp. This year 37 sailors were coached by Becky Orr, Christine Wood, Tom Graham & Iain Duncan; all RYA qualified coaches and past Brown Cup sailors.

Monday morning dawned sunny with no wind and a none too favourable weather forecast.

It was clear 3 races would not be sailed. Race Officer Craig Moffett stayed patient and waited for a breeze to fill in and swing easterly which it eventually did. 78 competitors eagerly left the beach allowing the 60thBrown Cup to be sailed and decided on one race.

This year 3 fleets competed: Optimist, Topper & Handicap. Schools declare their three boat teams at registration. This year 14 School teams were competing for the Brown Cup.

Optimist results:

1st James Gifford Dundee High School
2nd Rory Gifford Dundee High School
3rd Ruaraidh Docherty St Mary’s PS Bannockburn (Top Primary School Sailor)

Topper results:

1st Tom Mitchell Dundee High School
2nd Morven Wood Bearsden Academy
3rd Eilidh McQueen Lomond School


1st Daniel Scott & Tom Irving 29er Arbroath High School
2nd Calum Bell Laser R Lomond School
3rd Christine Wood Laser R Lomond School

Brown Cup:

1st Tom Mitchell, James Gifford & Rory Gifford Dundee High School
2nd Eilidh McQueen, Calum Bell & Harris Cartwright Lomond School
3rd Morven Wood, Christine Wood & Euan Ferguson Bearsden Academy

From left to right Lee Crowe Brooks Macdonald (event sponsor) James Gifford, Tom Mitchell, Rory Gifford all Dundee High School & Morag Donaldson ( her father Jack Brown founded the event in 1959)

Colin Tait Loch Earn Sailing Club Sailing Secretary.


1 June 2019

St Fillans Playpark opened

After 8 years in the planning, the play park was finally opened on 1st June by Councillor Rhona Brock.










1 May 2019

Fibreoptic Broadband Update

Great news. All the houses in Manse Lane and just west of this to include Lake Cottage can now order a Fibre Broadband service. If you have an ADSL2+ router you'll need a new one. Your ISP will normally provide this. if you already have an ADSL2+ router that is compatible with FTTC/FTTP( VDSL) then you won't need a new router but will need to go through the setup again, usually through the wizard.

Estimated download speeds are up to 80Mb/sec.

Current OpenReach setup time is approx. 10 working days after acceptance of your order.



24 February 2019

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.

Phase 4 is essentially finished with some tree planting still to take place.

A B Gairns Contractors Ltd


12 February 2019

The Core Paths Plan Review

The Core Paths Plan Consultation has now BEEN EXTENDED TO 5PM FRIDAY 26 APRIL 2019.
The Core Paths Plan outlines the network of Core Paths which provide the public with reasonable access throughout the National Park. More information is available on the National Park website about the difference between the paths network and the Core Paths system. 

The existing Core Paths Plan was adopted in 2010 but over the intervening years there have been various new paths created and upgrades to some existing paths that may now meet the criteria to be designated as Core Paths. There have also been realignments of some Core Paths and some paths that were included as Core Paths in the Plan that have not been created as had been previously envisaged. The purpose of the review is to ensure that the Plan continues to recognise the essential Core Paths that provide sufficient access throughout the National Park area.
Thanks to those who have already taken the time to review the proposed amendments to the Plan and submit a response to the consultation. It is very important for the Park to hear the views of all our partners, stakeholders, landowners, community members and anyone with an interest in access throughout the National Park. 

On behalf of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park

5 February 2019

Departure of Rev Dr G. McWilliams, Minister of Comrie with Dundurn Parish Churches 

Many in the village already know, but for those who have yet to hear, Graham, our minister of almost 14 years, is leaving the charge of Comrie with Dundurn to continue his ministry with Fairlie linked with Largs, St Columba’s Parish Churches.

Graham will be preaching his last service in Dundurn on Sunday 24th February at 11.30am, with a united service of worship the following Sunday March 3rd in Comrie at 11am.

Our worship on the 24th Feb will be followed by a Soup & Sandwich lunch in the church at 12.30, and all who have been touched in any way by Graham’s ministry are invited.


27 January 2019

Thanks to all who contributed. The Hogmanay Evening raised £400 in aid of Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance Service.

The Tunnel Party raised £400 (£350 on the night and a subsequent donation of £50) for MND through the "My name'5 Doddie Foundation" in aid of those affected by MND and to fund research into the disease.

Please see the emails from both the charities below.


A huge thank you, Audrey!

We can't thank you enough for your donation of £400.00 made on 15th January, 2019! It will go a long way to help the everyday running of Scotland's Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA), helping to save and improve lives in Scotland.

Reason for donation: St Fillans villagers wanted any proceeds from our Hogmanay evening to be donated to SCAA, a service we all consider essential for remote areas in Scotland

Thanks again, 
Scotland's Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA)

Dear Audrey

My apologies for the delay in replying but I have just returned from an extended holiday in New Zealand. I am delighted to confirm receipt of the £400 donation from The St Fillians Krazy Gang. What a great story and serious of pictures. What is the history of the tunnels? I don't know St Fillians well but my father used to keep his boat up there while I ensured Scout Camp on the other / Ben Vorich side of Loch Earn. Not always fun.

The level of support and generosity people have shown Doddie since he shared his diagnosis has been humbling. This has meant a great deal to the Big Man and his family. The Trustees are now firmly focused on what we can do to help fund research and hopefully, one day, find a cure for MND. We also want to support fellow sufferers and push the need for research further up the agenda

Please keep an eye on our website’s News section for details of how we are investing our funds into research and to help those affected by MND. The Foundation got its Charitable status at the end of October '17 and we have to date funded or pledged £1.5m to various institutions and organisations

Doddie continues to show huge fortitude. I believe somebody said to him there are no drugs to help MND sufferers just positivity, which he has in bucket loads. Long may it continue.

The funds raised will help us achieve our goals. Thank you again for your support and encouragement; Doddie along with his family and Trustees are determined that together we will make a difference.

Kind regards

Jim Robertson

Treasurer -My Name'5 Doddie Foundation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   


26 January 2019

Burns Supper

Photos from Saturday night's Burns Supper


27 December 2018

Mince Pie Walk


19 December 2018

Fibreoptic Broadband Update

Great news. All the houses east of Dundurn Parish Church, from Kirklea to Clachnaba inclusive can now order a Fibre Broadband service. If you have an ADSL2+ router you'll need a new one. Your ISP will normally provide this. if you already have an ADSL2+ router that is compatible with FTTC/FTTP then you won't need a new router but will need to go through the setup again, usually through the wizard.

For those in Dundurn Walk, BT estimates download speeds of 35Mb/sec to 48.7Mb/sec. and upload speeds of 6.22Mb/sec to 8.37Mb/sec. The closer you are to the cabinet, the faster your speed will be.

Depending on your ISP you may be offered two speed options. 1. 40/10 and 2. 55/10. My own view is that, depending on your location, I would go with the 40/10 option in the first instance and see what speed you get. There is no point paying more for the faster option if that is not going to be obtainable.

Current OpenReach setup time is approx. 10 working days. Realistically, even if you order now, it'll be in early in January before it's installed. 

The next phase is from Lake Cottage to all houses in Manse Lane.



13 December 2018

Fibreoptic Broadband Update

Final tests are being carried out and Fibre broadband should be available in the next month to those properties from Kirklea to Clachnaba inclusive.

The next phase is from Lake Cottage to all houses in Manse Lane.



11 December 2018

Fibreoptic Broadband Update

The Fibreoptic Broadband Cabinet No 1, opposite Neish, is due to have power connected shortly. All the houses east of Dundurn Parish Church, from Kirklea to Clachnaba inclusive should hopefully have a fibre service available in the next 4 months.




11 October 2018

Johnston Carmichael publishes independent review of Royal Bank of Scotland branches earmarked for closure

Read the full report HERE. Opens in a new window. Page down to page 36 for Comrie Branch.


10 October 2018


Lochearn Railway Path has made the final shortlist for the above award.

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5 October 2018

BBC Countryfile Ramble

Thank you very much to everyone who supported the St Fillans Countryfile Ramble. We completed our walk yesterday in glorious sunshine with a wonderful turnout of villagers, around 30 of us including 8 children and 1 dog! 

So far our donation page has raised just under £300 which is fantastic, a couple of people asked how to donate yesterday so I'm attaching a link below should anyone else which to place a donation.

Following on from conversations yesterday a few of us are thinking of organising walks on a regular basis which villagers would be welcome to take part in, the first suggestion was a walk up Dundurn Hill.  If you would be interested in joining us on those walks, please let me know.

Super effort St Fillans, thanks again,



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.


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

Thanks to all who supported our 'Summer Coffee Mornings in Dundurn'. June found us outside enjoying the wonderful sunshine. Your generous donations will be added to out 'Little Church' collections and forwarded to a good cause in due course.


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.


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 (£30 from April 2019) 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."


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. 


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

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