Time is flying, and I can’t believe it has been 3 weeks since my last update.
I don’t know if you remember (probably not :-)), but last time, I was talking about the charming –but decaying, Buchanan Castle. It was lovely to stop briefly there on our way to Killin.
The drive to Killin was very picturesque, as we drove past several beautiful lochs. First, Loch Lubnaig. This is a small loch of 5 km long, easily accessible from the road ! It’s perfect for fishing, having a barbecue or doing some kayaking. In Gaelic, Lùbnaig means crooked, I can definitively see where they got that from :-)
A bit further away, we stopped near Loch Earn ! This loch is twice as big as the previous one and therefore, a tiny bit less picturesque. It’s famous for water-sports. We didn’t stay very long over there, as we wanted to check out Falls of Dochart and the Kinnell Stone Circle before sunset.
When we arrived in Killin to check-in, we had a bad surprise. The room we had booked had been cancelled a few days prior our arrival because the lady that was running the bnb was at the hospital. I had a person on the phone that told us everything was arranged for us, that we shouldn’t worry, that we have been relocated to another place. He gave us a phone number and an address. When we arrived at the replacement guesthouse that night, the owner wasn’t aware of our arrival. And… he was fully booked. We called the guy we had on the phone, for him to come and sort out that mess. He was disorganized and stressed, but we could see he wanted to help (he was probably not used to run bnb, and it was difficult to get mad at him). He rang the neighbor house (who used to be a bnb) and asked if she could accommodate us. The lady was very old and everything looked a bit old inside but we knew at that time of the day, it was going to be difficult to get another room.. especially in such a small village. So we took the room and prayed for the best.
After sorting out this mess, we walked through the village towards Falls of Dochart. This waterfall is considered by many as one of the Scotland’s most easily accessible waterfalls. These falls are really variable and depends on the amount of precipitation so it can change from day to day. It’s easy to take pictures of the falls from the bridge but you can also walk on the rocks nearby :-)
Close by, you can find the entrance to the Kinnell Estate, the place where you can find the Kinnell Stone Circle. I was very excited to be able to see it as I’ve never seen anything like that before.
Nothing is indicated, it’s really off the beaten paths. If you want to see it, you have to enter through the gate close to the Dochart Falls inn, then walk for 15 minutes on the forest trail. You will pass in front of rental cottages, but keep going. On your right, you will see a pasture and a metallic gate. Keep going. At the end of the pasture, you will come close to a dry stone wall and a farm, and next to the wall, there is a cattle gate. If you look towards that direction, you will see the stone circle !
As there was no sign mentioning you couldn’t enter (and no cattle in the pasture), we had a closer look to the stone circle. It is considered as the best preserved example of a cluster of distinctive six stone rings ! And it was trully gorgeous ! The light was perfect in the evening (as the days were longer at that time of the year)
Am I the only one fascinated by Stone circle ? :-)