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Auchterarder the lang toonAuchterarder, known as “the Lang Toon” (Long Town), for its mile-long high street. Probably originates from King Malcolm Ceanmor (1052 – 93). The town was strategically situated between Stirling and Perth. In 1716 the retreating Jacobite Army burnt it after the Battle of Sheriffmuir, thus many of the houses date from the 18th Century. Today it has built an excellent reputation for its many independent shops.


lochearnheadLochearnhead. Located at the west end of Loch Earn is the centre for water-sports activities on the loch. Visitors have a choice of water sports centres as well as hotels and restaurants. A parking and picnic area is also provided with public toilets and tourist information boards. There are walks on the southern loch side as well as up Glen Ogle to the north. Located five miles west of St Fillans on the A85.
 


fowlis westerFowlis Wester. A small hamlet located on the old Perth Crieff road and on the droving route from the north to the cattle trysts at Crieff and Falkirk. This small village was once a thriving community with a population of over 1200 in 1974. The village is dominatefowlis wester pictish stoned by the excellently restored 13th Century Church of St Bean’s. A replica Pictish stone stands in the village square, the original to be found in the church. Parking area between the church and village hall. 5 miles east of Crieff off A85.

pictish stone st beans wester fowlis

 

Pictish Stone. This original stone dates from the 8th or 9th century and has the unusual feature of protruding arms of the Cross indicating Irish influence. If you look to the left of the Pictish stone you will find a Pictish Symbol Stone, which probably dates back to St Bean’s time and is one of the finest in existence. Please remember to leave a donation in the church to help toward its maintenance for future generations to enjoy. A replica Pictish stone stands in the village square. Located in St Bean’s Kirk, Fowlis Wester.
st beans kirk gate wester fowlis

St Bean’s Kirk. St Bean was the great grandson of Aedh Dubh, King of Leinster in Ireland, who became Bishop of Feighcullen in Co. Kildare. St Bean preached the gospel here in order to eradicate some of the dark pagan practices associated with standing stones nearby.
Open all year. Located in Fowlis Wester 5 miles east of Crieff off A85.
 


braco free church

 

 

Braco. At this small village is the site of Ardoch the Roman Fort. Also to be seen in Braco is the ruin of Braco Free Church and the old Pack Horse Bridge which stands alongside the present bridge over the River Knaik. Braco is located 10 miles south of Crieff on the A822.

 


muthill museumMuthil Village Museum is in a former home which dates from circa 1760. the museum has many fascinating local artefacts including photos, curling stones, household items from a by-gone age and agricultural implements. An excellent starting point if researching your family tree: the museum has details of burials in the adjoining grave yard and the local museum volunteers may well be able to help. Open June to Sept, Wed, Sat & Sun 12.30pm to 3pm
Email: museum@muthill.org.uk for details. Located just past the graveyard, off the main street, in the centre of Muthill.
 

Muthill Old Church & Tower. The site of a Culdee “servants of God” community dating back muthill old church and towerto the 9th Century. This ruined church, which was in use until the 1820’s, has many interesting features: the tower dates back to 1140 and has two gargoyles at the summit known as the King and Queen, round Norman arched belfry windows, medieval ‘craw stepped’ gables and gravestones that date back to the 17th Century. Open all year. Historic Scotland.
 


st fillansSt Fillans. This picturesque small village set at the west end of Loch Earn is a tranquil beauty spot where visitors can enjoy walking, a game of golf, resting at the loch-side or refreshments at one of the hotels in the village. Neish Island, located a short distance offshore in the loch, is an ancient Crannog or dwelling place. St Fillans is located 6 miles west of Comrie on the A85.
 


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