Tuesday, 20 February 2007
Loch Earn is a long narrow loch eleven miles west of Crieff, drained by the River Earn, near St Fillans at the eastern end. Lochearnhead village is located at the west end of Loch Earn and at the mouth of Glen Ogle. It owes its existence to the meeting of roads and railways going north with the road from the east, along Loch Earn, and is now a centre for sailing and water sports on the loch and for climbing in the surrounding hills, including Ben Vorlich. To the southeast and on the shores of the loch is Edinample Castle, built in 1584 for Sir Duncan Campbell, and east of Edinample is Ardvorlich House, from 1580 the home of the Stewarts of Ardvorlich, rebuilt 1790: a stone at the gate records the internment of seven MacDonalds killed when attempting to harry Ardvorlich, in 1620.