EXPLORE THE AREA
In Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, you’ll find wild scenery, thrilling history and superb local food and drink – all of which is easy to get to – as well as an abundance of activities to suit all the family.
With Highland Park as your base, there is a wonderful playground on your doorstep, all within a short walk or drive away.
Here are a few of the many outdoor sports available to you: Golf, Mountain Biking, Pony Trekking, Fishing, Canoeing & Kayaking, River Rafting, and Snowboarding and Skiing.
Just a 12 minute walk into the village is the Killin Outdoor Centre and Mountain Shop, which hires and sells equipment to cover all of the adventure sports listed above. The owners and staff are friendly, helpful and a font of local information.
A 5-minute walk from Highland Park is the Killin Golf Club, often described as one of the most beautiful 9-hole courses in Scotland. A warm welcome awaits visitors and members alike. Tasty meals and snacks are served in the clubhouse. Of course, there are numerous other courses within a short drive from Killin: Callander (18 holes), Crieff (18 holes), Comrie (9 holes) and, of particular note, the mighty Gleneagles, to name but a few.
You will be truly spoiled for both salmon and trout fishing. The adjacent River Lochay and River Dochart joins nearby Loch Tay, with boat launching available at the Killin Hotel. Boats, equipment and guides (ghillies) can be hired and tuition provided on our neighbouring lochs and rivers.
There are many well-marked cycling routes in and around Killin geared for experienced and novice riders. Cycles can be hired at the Killin Outdoor Centre and Mountain Shop.
A 30-minute drive takes you to the Castle Rednock Trekking Centre, where you can enjoy Quad Pods, Segway treks, Shetland pony driving, pony trekking and riding tuition… a real family day out.
Skiing and snowboarding are available at Glencoe Mountain Resort, a 50-minute drive away. Ski and Snowboard across 20 runs and 8 lifts – catering for skiers and boarders of all levels. Complete beginners can enjoy the gentle plateau runs while experts can experience the incredible variety of terrain. (Which includes the longest and steepest runs in Scotland).
SWIMMING & FITNESS
The nearest leisure centre with swimming pool, climbing wall and fitness suite is the McLaren Community Leisure Centre in Callander, only a 30-minute drive from Killin. Swimming lessons, fitness training and classes are available as well.
EATING & DRINKING
The Bridge of Lochay Hotel and the Killin Hotel, just around the corner, both feature open fires, well-stocked bars and a full range of dining options whether to start your day, enjoy a quick snack or bar meal or celebrate a special occasion. There are, of course, many more choices in the area, ranging from takeaway to cafes & coffee shops to traditional restaurants, featuring both local and international cuisine.
There is an abundance of shopping and ‘retail therapy’ opportunities in the Village of Killin and nearby areas, including art galleries, gift & antique shops, and speciality craft shops and fairs. Truly, something for everyone. There is also the spectacular House of Bruar about an hour away at Blair Atholl for something special and Karelia House about 30 minutes away at Comrie Bridge for the craft enthusiast.
AMENITIES & SERVICES
Village amenities and services include a well-stocked grocery, hairdresser, laundry, chemist, bake house, churches, antique shop, country store, post office, library and NHS surgery to name but a few.
Castle Menzies in Aberfeldy, Blair Castle at Blair Atholl and Drummond Castle at Crieff are a few of the nearby castles to visit.
Edradour, Pitlochry – the smallest distillery in Scotland, Dewars, Aberfeldy and Glenturret, Crieff, home of the Famous Grouse whisky, all have guided tours.
Local safaris venture into the mountains, where you can enjoy close-up encounters with red deer, eagles and many more of Scotland’s wildlife, and enjoy the unique flora and fauna of this area of outstanding natural beauty, especially within the Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park.
Whether it is the Highland Games, arts & crafts fairs, community fetes or others, there are plenty of events throughout the year to experience.
The VisitScotland website has a useful guide to Killin and the surrounding area, while our local website is packed full of useful information.