Killin is an attractive village near the west end of Loch Tay. Its focal point is the narrow stone bridge carrying the A827 across the River Dochart, and it then lines both sides of the main road for over half a mile to the north east of the bridge. It makes the most of the dramatic Falls of Dochart, a spectacular series of rapids that carry the river under the bridge and through the village.
Killin offers visitors a range of shops and accommodation; and we particularly recommend the Outdoor Shop Centre to acquire that essential bit of kit you left at home. This is especially useful for walkers arriving in Killin while following the 79 mile Rob Roy Way on its route from Drymen to Pitlochry.
The ruins of Finlarig Castle on the wooded mound to the north of the road toward Loch Tay, and anyone taking a closer look will also find the nearby ruins of a chapel that served as a mausoleum. But if you are thinking of exploring, take heed of the sign warning of the dangerous state of these structures and be careful.
By the bridge over the Falls of Dochart. there is access to the Island of Inchbuie on which you find the ancient Clan MacNab burial ground: a notice on the locked gate gives information about where to find the key.
Close to the north end of the bridge is the old St Fillans Mill. As you move north east along Killin’s single main street anyone with a feel for the hills will find their attention captured by the knobbly ridge towering over the villaage, this is the Tarmachan Ridge, a complex of mountains forming the western extension of the main Ben Lawers ridge that hems in the north side of Loch Tay.