The 'new' name of the village refers to an early Celtic missionary from Ireland called Faolan, known as St Fillan (said to be descended from Nadraech, King of Munster).
St. Fillans established his headquarters on the nearby 600ft peak of Dundurn (also known as Dunfillan or St. Fillan's Hill) early in the 6th century, from where he set about converting the local Picts to Christianity. Dunfillan, an isolated craggy hill, was considered a shrine for many centuries; devotees visiting the well at its summit (said to cure barreness) until the 19th century.
Not far from the eastern foot of the crag is a stream called Allf Ghoinean which is the Gonan or Monan of Sir Walter Scott's 'Lady of the Lake' . . .
The stag at eve had drunk his fill,
Where danced the moon on Monan's rill.
The walk to Dunfillan is a fine one and skirts the St. Fillans golf course (designed by Willie Auchterlonie in 1903) and passes close by the remains of St. Fillans chapel in the Dundurn Burial Ground, traditional resting place of the Stewarts of Ardvorlich.
The A85 runs along the northern edge of loch Earn and about two miles from St. Fillans on the right of the road is Glen Tarken. Three and a half miles further on is Glen Beich (Glen of the Birches) and there, between the road and the disused railway line, are the remains of an old castle said to have belonged to the McLarens.
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Last updated November 1999