Killin lies at the centre of the area known as Breadalbane (Gaelic Bràghad Albainn meaning 'the high ground of Scotland') and the hills of the Tarmachan Ridge and Lawers Range can be seen clearly from the main street of the village. What Killin is most noted for, however, are the Falls of Dochart, where the River Dochart tumbles into the heart of the village beneath the Dochart Bridge. As a tourist village, it is somewhat ironic that the worse the weather, the more dramatic the main tourist attraction becomes!
As the point at which two east-west glens, Dochart and Lochay, converge upon the natural transport route of Loch Tay, Killin was a natural place for a community to develop and it became home to a variety of trades such as weavers, tailors, blacksmiths and masons. The coming of the railway in 1888 changed the nature of the village, opening it up to tourism. The railway is no longer here but Killin’s economy still depends to a large part on tourism.
Killin’s location, at the edge of the Ben Lawers National Nature Reserve and the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, is ideal for lovers of nature and the outdoors. Wildlife abounds in the area and Ben Lawers is noted for its alpine and arctic flora.
Killin is also a superb base from which to explore all that Scotland has to offer in the way of outdoor activities and tourist attractions. Despite being in the Scottish Highlands, Killin is still only a 90-minute drive from Edinburgh or Glasgow airports. Its central position in Scotland, almost equidistant between east and west coasts, means that popular locations such as Perth, Stirling, Pitlochry, Oban, Glen Coe and Fort William are all reachable in under two hours’ drive.
Killin is not just a summer destination. Winter hill walking is popular, as is ski mountaineering when conditions permit. Deer stalking and shooting continue through the winter months and it is possible to fish for large pike during the winter months, before the salmon fishing season opens on 15th January. What better time to visit a distillery than on a chilly winter day! And don’t forget Killin’s midnight New Year firework display in the spectacular setting of the Falls of Dochart.