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Fowlis Wester Village he name of the village appears in the Charters of Inchaffray in 1208 as Foglais, indicating its derivation from the old Celtic foghlais (meaning 'burn').
Another explanation of the name can be found in the three leaves carved on the old church archway. Legend insists that three French brothers settled in Scotland: one at Fowlis Wester, one at Fowlis Easter (near Dundee) and one at Fowlis in Ross-shire. Fowlis in this case held to be a corruption of the French feuilles (leaves).
Whatever the origin, this tiny Perthshire village maintains an air of timeless serenity. "Fowlis" is pronounced "Fowls" and "Wester" simply means "western".

lthough Fowlis Wester is now a sleepy, tranquil village it once had a strong association with weaving. In 1794 the parish population of 1224 comprised over 50 hand loom weavers together with innkeepers, shopkeepers, shoemakers, tailors and, as with most Scottish villages, a couple of fiddlers! All the houses then were low thatched cottages except those of the innkeeper and schoolmaster, which were two-storeyed and slate-roofed. Take a look at our detailed history section which offers more information.

he village is dominated by the beautifully restored 13th century Church of St. Bean's. There has been a church on this site for well over a thousand years - the first being dedicated to the 8th century Irish missionary St. Bean (grandson of Aen Dubh, King of Leinster) who preached in the area.

This extremely pictureque part of Perthshire will no doubt tempt you to stay a while. Our accommodation section offers a selection of quality hotels, guest houses and inns from where you can explore the area at your leisure.

his part of Scotland is a paradise for the walker, with leisurely strolls in the surrounding foothills to serious hill treks for the more energetic. To ensure you get the most out of your time here Strathbraan Treks provide guided walks throughout Perthshire, each one accompanied by an experienced and fully trained Guide who will help you discover some of Scotland's hidden natural treasures.
Last Updated June 2001
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