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Fairy Knowe and Doon Hill, Aberfoyle

One Sunday we decided to head to Aberfoyle to do a circular walk which is known as Fairy Knowe and Doon Hill. It is just under 3 miles in length, although it can be shortened by just returning to Aberfoyle once you have made your way back down Doon Hill. This route we think isn’t pram friendly (although there was one family trying to get up with their pram). It was a lovely walk, which if you are in the area then you should definitely do it.

Family walk in Aberfoyle

Dog walk in Aberfoyle

Fairy Knowe and Doon Hill in Aberfoyle

You start off at the Wool Centre where you can leave your car for free while you go on your walk. Making your way up the quiet country road you pass the Old Kirk (Church) where Reverend Robert Kirk was the minister.

What Legend Says

It is said that he walked Doon Hill every day for exercise. One day he went out as usual and died on the hill. Later his body was found. However, legend has it that the fairies took him and encased him in the big “Ministers Pine” tree that sits at the top of Doon Hill.

Old Kirk in Aberfoyle

Once passed the Old Kirk we headed off following the signposts up Doon Hill. The climb up is rather steep and slippy when wet. Eventually we reached the top and Big K explored the big tree where clouties (rags) are wrapped round the tree.

Clouties are rags which are left to rot, they have messages on them in the hope that the people they are for are cured by the fairies from their ill health.

Doon Hill, Aberfoyle

Fairies in Aberfoyle

It is a pretty eerie place. However, at the same time it is pretty interesting and kept both boys entertained. After exploring for the fairies we headed back down on another path. We actually found this path a lot better and would have been a little easier to climb up on.

Fairies in Aberfoyle

Continuing The Circular Walk

We then continues along the circular walk which eventually leads to the cycle path towards Aberfoyle. Little K walked the last 3/4 miles, as he wanted out to explore.

River Forth in Aberfoyle

Once back at the car we got changed and the dogs dried off. Once figuring out how the boot opener worked, we locked the dogs up and headed off for a quick drink and toilet break before driving back home.

Toddler posing in Aberfoyle

Bridge in Aberfoyle

Have you ever been to Doon Hill or Aberfoyle? Let us know in the comments below.

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Doon Hill and Fairy Knowe in Aberfoyle

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