Beyond the chapel lies Dundurn Hill. Like many place names in the Highlands, Dundurn derives from the gaelic tradition of simply 'saying what you see': Dundurn, or dun dórn, means 'Fort of the Fist".
Although it may require a bit of imagination to see it now, this fist-shaped hill was once the site of a very important castle.
During the 6th-8th centuries, in the time of St. Fillan, Scotland was a divided land, split between the kingdoms of Dal Riada and the Picts. Now, it just so happened that the ancient frontier between these two kingdoms almost cleaves the modern-day St. Fillans in two.
Dal Riada, the Scottish-Irish kingdom which stretched upwards through the Western Highlands and Western Isles, had its easternmost frontier at the end of Loch Earn. Beyond this lay the kingdom of the Picts, with their stronghold of Dundurn maintaining the western frontier.
Climbing to the top of the hill, one can appreciate the strategic importance of this site. With superb views all the way up Loch Earn, or Loch of the Eireann (or Irish) as it was understandably known to the Picts, and equally good views of the Strathearn valley drawing in around it, the fort was well placed for launching and anticipating cross-border raids.
Stories relating to the hill are few, but it is believed that the Pitcitsh King Giric breathed his last here in 889 A.D. Giric, or Gregory the Great as he became known, was an important figure in his time. Various accolades and achievements include successor to Kenneth MacAlpin, legendary first king of Scots; liberator of the Scottish church from Pictish oppression; and conqueror of Ireland and half of England. Embellished as some of these feats may be, it is nonetheless an enchanting experience to stand atop Dundurn Hill, looking out over the mountains and the loch, and reflect that this was the last sight ever to be seen by such a figure.
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|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).
The 40% discount also applies to our self catering lodges if booked on the day of arrival, or the day before.
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|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: