A hillside village, situated at the centre of a farming community 7 miles (11.2 km) west of Dunblane. It is a linear village with long gardens extending down to former commons on the north and south sides of the village. The distinctive Masonic Lodge, said to be the smallest purpose-built lodge in Scotland, was built at the expense of George Crabbie of Blairhoyle, a merchant who produced the famous Crabbie's Green Ginger Wine in Leith.
The land at Thornhill used to be peatbog but was drained by the "Moss Lairds" and is now referred to as 'the hay basket of Scotland'. Remnants of Flanders Moss can be found nearby.