Strathfillan takes its name from the 8th century Scottish / Irish Saint Fillan who lived in the valley. Golden eagles and red deer make their home in the regions’ mountains while salmon make the long journey up Scotland’s longest river to spawn in its streams. The River Tay starts its 100–mile journey to the North Sea from the Allt Coire Laoigh on the slopes of Ben Lui.
Buried within the hills lie veins containing lead, zinc and silver, which were worked near the village of Tyndrum at various times between 1741 and 1862. Scotland’s only commercial gold deposit is being prepared for development in the Cononish Glen, near the source of the Tay. The fame of the road and rail junction of Crianlarich village is much greater than its size (population of around 200), as you will see it signposted from tens of miles away.
The Strathfillan area lies entirely within the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park.