St Fillans

(Port of Lochearn, Meikleport)
Perth and Kinross

A village at the eastern end of Loch Earn in Perth and Kinross, St. Fillans is situated 4 miles (6 km) west of Comrie on the A85 road. Now a tourist and boating centre, it was in the 18th Century a small clachan known as Port of Lochearn or Meikleport. In 1817 it was renamed St. Fillans by Lord Gwydyr, the husband of Clementina Drummond, heiress to the Drummond Estate. The pre-Reformation church (St. Fillan's Chapel), whose kirkyard is the traditional burial place of the Stewarts of Ardvorlich, lies to the south of the River Earn, between St. Fillans and Dundurn (also St. Fillan's Hill or Dunfillan) on top of which is an Iron-Age hill-fort. It is said that the Irish missionary St. Fillan lived on this hill. Not far from the foot of the hill is a stream called Allt Ghoinean which is claimed to be the Gonan or Monan of Sir Walter Scott's poem 'The Lady of the Lake':

"The stag at eve had drunk his fill, where danced the moon on Monan's rill".

The primary school here closed in 2004. The golf course at St. Fillans was created in 1903 by Willie Auchterlonie and to the east of the village is a natural rock known as the Crocodile. Painted bright colours and formerly known as the Pig Rock, it is said to lie on a ley line.

St. Fillans Power Station is part of the Breadalbane Hydro-Electric Power Scheme.

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