Heading east out of St. Fillans towards the golf course, you'll come to St. Fillans chapel. It is believed that our saint built the chapel after converting the picts at nearby Dundurn castle. However, the influence of Catholicism waned with the Reformation, and since 1586, the chapel has been the resting place of the clan Stewart of Ardvorlich.
There is a local story associated with the birth of their most famous chief, Major James Stewart - or the Mad Major, as he came to be known. The story is as follows.
In 1598, James VI married Anne of Denmark. As was the custom, a feast was put on, with exotic fruits from Spain, fine brandy from France, and venison from the royal deer forest of Glen Artney (to the northeast of the chapel). Now, the deputy forester, John Drummond of Drummondernoch, was out hunting venison for the King, when he encountered a band of MacGregors. Whether it was the product of a blood feud or their trespassing is unclear, but the MacGregors set upon Drummond, murdered and decapitated him, before taking his head in their plaids and leaving his body for the wolves.
Hungry after their afternoons work, the MacGregors called in at the Stewarts of Ardvorlich to be fed.
Nothing unusual about this - it was the ancient Highland custom to feed a passerby in need, friend or foe. However, a little less usual, was the fact that Margaret Stewart, who as lady of the house of Stewart of Ardvorlich now hosted the MacGregors, was, before taking her wedding vows, Margaret Drummond - sister to the murdered John! Tasteless, you might think. Not compared to what follows.
In high spirits after the day's kill, the MacGregors decided to play a wee joke on their host. When Margaret was out of the room, the MacGregors placed the severed head of John on a silver platter in the centre of the table, before stuffing his mouth with bread and cheese.
Seeing this ghastly sight upon her return, poor Margaret ran as fast as she could for the hills of Glen Vorlich behind (on the southern shores of Loch Earn). For several days she hid at the side of a small lochan, which is known to this day as Lochan na Mna (Lochan of the Woman). Now, Margaret was heavily pregnant through all of this, and by the time she was found she had given birth to a baby boy. And whether it was due to the physical strain of her journey, or perhaps the psychological strain of its cause, her son grew into a man with a terrible rage. Never leaving a MacGregor alive when he could help it, and a ruthless weapon on the side of the Royalists during the Covenanting Wars, the warrior came to be known as Mad Major James Stewart.
He is the hero of Sir Walter Scott's "A Legend of Montrose" (under the name of Allan M'Auley). And his is the second inscription on the Ardvorlich headstone at St. Fillans chapel.
Our online booking system is simple and secure. Just choose your check in date above by clicking on the calendar, and choose the number of nights you want to stay. (You can alter both of these later before completing the booking if you wish).Then click on the Search button.
You will then be given a list of the best bed and breakfast rates available for your chosen stay. Choose the room you want, and you will then be given the option to add dinner (for all the nights of you stay). If you want to benefit from our discounted rates for dinner for stays of two or more nights you must select this option when you book the room.
Our online booking engine does not support our luxury packages (Indulge, Gourmet Night and Whisky, Food & Sonse): you will need to call us to book these.
When you book you will receive a confirmation email. We will then process your deposit and send another email to confirm this.
|Last Minute Deals
Book on the day you arrive, or the day before for one or two nights bed and breakfast and get 40% off. This deal is subject to availability, must be booked by telephone, cannot be changed or cancelled, and must be paid in full at the time of booking. For a bargain night away The Coachman's Room costs only £54 for the night (in low season), or why not splash out and have a night in The Dundurn Suite for only £99 (in low season).
Call us on 0560 368 4252 to check availability and book.
|Stay Awhile with us
Throughout the year we offer a 20% discount off our rates for stays of two nights or more. Rates per person per night based on two people sharing a room are as follows:
|3 for 2
In low season we offer three nights dinner, bed & breakfast for the price of two (based on our standard rates). Rates per person per room for the 3 nights (based on two people sharing a room) are as follows:
Chilled Champagne awaits you in The Dundurn Suite. With its super king size sleigh bed, designer bathroom and superb views it will pamper you.
Enjoy an Achray Sparkler in the Neish Lounge before a four course dinner at a window table in the Conservatory Restaurant overlooking the loch. In the morning enjoy breakfast in bed, or in your private seating area overlooking the loch.
£457 for 2 nights for 2 people(£497 in high season).
For lovers of good food what better way to spend a night than savouring our six course taster menu, highlighting the best of Scottish produce, with the emphasis on game and seafood. Rates per person per night based on two people sharing a room are as follows:
|Whisky, Food & Sonse
Two days of fine food and fabulous whisky: on the first night, a three course dinner followed by a taster of five regional whiskies; on the second, our house aperitif followed by a six course taster menu, finishing with three rare old malt whiskies no longer in production.
Rates per person for two nights based on two people sharing a room are: