Killin’s long history was written by two powerful clans: the MacNabs, whose historic seat Kinnell House can be seen on entering the village from the west, and the Campbells of Breadalbane; the ruins of their stronghold at Finlarig Castle can be seen to the north of the village. In more recent times the town was host to a local linen industry; flax was grown nearby and spun at small mills or woven at home by residents. Evidence of this history can still be seen at the Moirlanich Longhouse, which preserves the cultural history of the area.
As well as a long and eventful history, the local area also boasts some great attractions to make your stay enjoyable. From fishing on Loch Tay, golfing at Killin golf club, to extreme sports such as kayaking and canyoning, there is something to suit all those wishing for a magnificent holiday on the road to the Scottish Highlands.
At the end of Loch Tay, you will find the charming village of Kenmore and the Old Yew Tree at Fortingall (one of the oldest trees in Europe).
Did you know? The abandoned Tomnadashan copper mine overlooking the village is home to the Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog, popularized in the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
Activities and Places to See
The Old Watermill – St. Fillans Mill, built in 1840, used to be at the centre of village life. It has since been converted into a thrift shop, but you can still see the old waterwheel which used to power the mill.
Falls of Dochart – In the rainy season the water rushing over the rocks and under the arched bridge is a sight to behold. Can be seen from the bridge coming into town.
Finlarig Castle Ruins – Dating back to 1629 and built by ‘Black’ Duncan Campbell, the remains of Finlarig Castle can still be seen in Killin. Located on Pier Road at the end of the village, Finlarig Castle is an early 17th-century castle standing on a mound on between the River Lochay and Loch Tay.
Eternal Mountain Tour Guide – A unique local tour around the village and nearby historical sites.
Killin Golf Club – The local 9-hole course offers fantastic views while you enjoy a quick round.
Legend Sailing – A company offering all manner of extreme activites: Kayaking, canyoning, quadbiking, paintballing and more…
Loch Tay fish’n’trips – Local company offering boat hire and permits for fishing on the loch.
Moirlanich Longhouse – Offering an look at rural life in the late 19th and early 20th century, the longhouse is worth a visit for those interested in Scottish history.
Stone Circle – The stone circle can be found near Kinnell House, a short walk from the centre of the village.
October Tayfest – A range of outdoor activities in the area surrounding Loch Tay and Highland Perthshire
Killin Music Festival – Popular folk festival
Killin Highland Games
Killin Agricultural Show
For more events see our Events Page