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Villages in the trossachs stirlingshire

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Many of the communities throughout the Trossachs have ancient origins.  Many of them have adapted greatly through the centuries.  Town or village, bustling or secluded, each is a particular reflection of life in the Trossachs, past and present.  Almost all offer a choice of holiday accommodation and most offer interesting shopping for crafts, woollens and souvenirs and a choice of cafes, pubs and restaurants to enjoy.
Aberfoyle & Kinlochard
Southern gateway to the Trossachs, Aberfoyle nestles in the lee of the foothills marking the beginning of the Scottish Highlands.  To the south are the pastured lands of the Forth Valley to the north, the steeply dramatic Duke's Pass.  Shapely Ben Lomond draws the eye to the west, while a chain of shimmering lochs in lovely Strathard lead ultimately to the bonnie, bonnie banks of Loch Lomond.  Kinlochard is a quiet hamlet on the shores of Loch Ard, Aberfoyle a pleasant holiday village with plenty of amenities and not a little local character!
Aberfoyle even has deep associations with the 'Other World', as its one-time minister, the Reverend Robert Kirk, testified in his manuscript, 'The Secret Commonwealth of Elves, Fauns and Fairies'.  Aberfoyle is also the starting point for many walks and cycle routes, and site of the Trossachs Discovery Centre, a great place to find out more about the Trossachs.
Balquhidder
Last resting place of the fabled Rob Roy, this tiny hamlet, with neighbouring Kingshouse, lies amid the breath taking beauty of secluded Balquhidder Glen.  Overlooked by the steep-sided Braes of Balquhidder, which inspired the popular folk song, 'Will ye go, lassie go?'
Brig O'Turk
Close to the heart of the Trossachs, the hamlet of Brig O'Turk has around it beautiful Loch Venacher and Loch Achray, the magnificent craggy peaks of Ben Venue and Ben A'an and, cutting deep among the hills above, Glen Finglas once an important cattle droving route.  The curious name Brig O'Turk derives from the Gaelic Tuirc, meaning 'Wild Boar'.
Callander
A major gateway to the Highlands, Callander is set beneath spectacular wooded crags, with stately Ben Ledi 'The Mountain of God' overlooking all.  This popular resort provides remarkable contrasts between the vibrant main street and, for example, the secluded wood walks beneath 'the Crags'.  Callander is renowned for its range of traditional and modern shops, many specialising in souvenirs and Scottish woolens, tartans and tweeds. The riverside Meadows make an ideal spot for relaxing just yards away from the compelling bustle of town.  Full sports facilities, including the hire of equipment, are available to visitors at the exciting new McLaren Sports Centre.
Doune
A traditionally styled farming village with some remarkable history.  Known in days gone by as a major venue for cattle markets, or 'trysts', Doune was also once a centre of small arms manufacture, 'Doune Pistols' being highly regarded.  Doune has several interesting antique and other shops all within easy walking distance of Doune Castle.  Nearby Doune Ponds Nature Reserve is host to an abundance of wildlife.
Gartmore
A small estate village on the fringes of the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park.  The elegant cone of Ben Lomond is particularly striking from here.
Port of Menteith
Standing by the shores of Scotland's only lake (said to be merely the result of a misunderstanding by an early map maker), Port of Menteith is a small village surrounded by fertile farmlands and overlooked by the Menteith Hills.  The Lake, besides its island priory, is also one of Scotland's most popular trout fisheries.
Strathyre
Overlooked by mountains on either side, Strathyre, from the Gaelic 'sheltered valley' has long been a focal point for visitors to the area.  Cattle drovers used it as a resting place, now holiday makers are attracted to the hills, forest walks and beautiful village setting.
Killin
Killin is a beautiful village situated north of Strathyre. It has a visitor centre, local shops and cafes, with mountain views as It's backdrop. A bridge spans the local river which to one side has impressive stepped falls where at the right time of year you can see salmon jump. To the other side is the Macnab clan burial yard - keys available from tourist information. The river used to operate a mill which now incorporates the visitor centre
Thornhill
A peaceful farming community amidst the fertile Carse of Stirling.  Once peatbog, painstakingly drained by the 'Moss Lairds', the area is now dubbed the 'hay basket of Scotland'.  Nearby remnants of Flanders Moss is an important wildlife habitat.  You can find out more from the information panels as you walk around Thornhill.