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At Killin the river Dochart crosses a ridge of hard rock to form the famed and spectacular Falls of Dochart, with a row of restored cottages on the south side and the restored mill which houses the Breadalbane Folklore Centre on the north.
Killin is at the head of Loch Tay where the gentle River Lochay and dynamic River Dochart meet. The village is surrounded by hills and mountains where water cascades down, rushing over rocks and forming the most stupendous water falls.
In suitable weather the joy of driving along Loch Tay and over the pass by Ben Lawers provides the sight of Loch Tay below with Ben Lawers and the Tarmachans towering above.
On the other side of the pass you enter the small village of Bridge of Balgie and either turn left to enter Glen Lyon with it's magnificent reservoirs and views or turn right to go past Fortingall (Ancient Yew Tree), Dull, the Safari park, Castle Menzies and finally Aberfeldy.
At Aberfeldy you can walk along the river up to the 'Birks' (place of the birch tree) much feted by Sir Walter Scott. The falls of Moness are among the most spectacular and accessible waterfalls in Perthshire. At Kenmore a walk to the viewpoint give a 180° view down over Loch Tay and the Village of Kenmore with its lovely lochside church and castle.
Near the Bridge of Balgie a walk up through the forest brings you to a viewpoint with a 360° panoramic view with not a car in sight, you could be alone on the planet. A drive through Glen Lyon lead you to an area which could be out of a prehistoric movie(!), tree and tree stumps covered with moss - most atmospheric. In fact there aren't many roads around here that don't lead to some special vista.
Several communities in the area, including Crianlarich and Tyndrum, have developed their own community woodland walks and these are well worth a visit, with local knowledge the groups have developed the walks within the landscape to the make the most of the wildlife and the view.
There are brochures available from the Tourist Information Centres with details of the scenic drives through the Trossachs, taking in the lovely vistas and the variations of the woodlands.
See the Perthshire website which shows the location of the major woodlands in the area.
See the Perthshire Big Tree Country website for information about Perthshire trees and tree related activities.