Happy tourists in Killin
Rocks in the River Dochart at the Falls of Dochart in Killin
The old railway line through Glen Ogle, now the Glen Ogle Trail
Killin
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When I arrived in Killin it seemed like the village's daily quota of tourists were all sitting in the River Dochart. My initial thought was that perhaps there is little to do in Killin, little to keep a tourist's eager enquiring mind engaged, and that they had all decided in a combined moment of mass madness to just go and sit in the river. On closer inspection I could see that they weren't actually in the river, but perched on rocks, an observation that did nothing to quell a growing fear that I had arrived in a place where the range of visitor attractions was so restricted that at some point during the day I could fully expect to be, at the very least, partially submerged.
To be honest, sitting in the River Dochart beside the old bridge in Killin is probably not to be recommended. For at this point the river is not known as the Falls of Dochart for nothing, although the falls themselves appear quite flattish and not a great deal of actual falling takes place. The river merely gurgles in a sideways fashion, but at times with spectacular force and gusto that would make standing on rocks or anywhere near it a seriously dangerous thing to do. So my advice would be merely to look at the river. Looking is a fairly safe pastime. No one ever got hurt just looking, unless you happen to be on the old narrow bridge at the time and get crushed by a phalanx of tourists all rushing to do whatever everyone else is doing and with one co-operant thought in mind: to sit by the river.
HAPPY TOURISTS IN KILLIN
RIVER DOCHART AT KILLIN
THE GLEN OGLE TRAIL
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How to
GET THERE
You can get a bus to Killin from Callander, or from Stirling, which has a main-line railway station. Bus service is infrequent.
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