Strathard includes the village of Kinlochard and the hamlets of Stronachlacher and Inversnaid. This is a an area of utterly astounding scenery in an area of outstanding scenery. Even in inclement weather most visitors use various superlatives to describe what they have seen
The District around
the village is steeped in History. There are many Characters in Scottish History who have had an awful lot written about them but few as famous as those names below are quite as fascinating. William Wallace, Rob Roy Macgregor, and Mary Queen of Scots all had a part to play in the History of the area.
The ever popular,
Aberfoyle Mushroom Festival,
example of the exciting variety of events organised
throughout the year by Aberfoyle Traders' Association,
Forestry Commission Scotland and the Loch Lomond and
Trossachs National Park Rangers highlighting the wealth of
opportunities for having a great time in and around
Aberfoyle and throughout Strathard.
pursuits - walking, watersports, golf, fishing, wildlife
watching, history and genealogy, myths and legends and much
Holiday Cottages who welcome Outdoor People uniquely placed for the
East and the South of the park,
The Reverend Kirk
Robert Kirk, 7th son of the minister of Aberfoyle was born in 1644AD. He had a fascination and belief in the magical world of Fairies. Robert also became a minister and after preaching at Balquhidder he came to the Aberfoyle ministry. He should have been remembered as the person who provided the first translation to Gaelic of the book of Psalms, however it was the publication of his book "The Secret Commonwealth of Elves, Fauns, and Fairies" in 1861 which was to fire the imagination of historians as the Reverend Robert Kirk disappeared in mysterious circumstances.
Legend (the pen and ink of historians) has it that the inhabitants of the Secret Commonwealth, namely Fairies and the like were furious at the Reverend for disclosing all their secrets and they planned revenge. Daily Robert Kirk would walk from the manse to Doon Hill, one day in May 1692 he did not return. Legend tells us that at Doon hill the Fairies appeared and took him to the underground world of the Fairies. The pine tree that still exists at the summit of Doon Hill, the only evergreen on this forested hill is said to contain his imprisoned spirit.
Another part of the legend states that somehow the Reverends wife was given one chance to retrieve her husband from the Fairy kingdom. She was told that he would appear to her once during a service at the Old Kirk. When this happened she was to throw a knife at him. In the event she could not bring herself to throw the knife and so lost her husband forever.
the village take a walk up manse road, take the left fork after about 1/2 mile. This leads onto forest track. Watch for the signs for Fairy Hill after about 1/4 mile. At the top of the hill in amongst the trees you can see prayer ribbons that people still leave. This is a nice family amble that would not tire any but the infirm.
Aberfoyle why not visit the stunning town of
If you are travelling to the West