Doon Hill Fairy Knowe is a modest summit near Aberfoyle.
Forest Enterprise have marked out a short walk through mixed oak and coniferous woodland with toadstool signposts.
At the summit of the knowe, there is a pine tree which is said to contain the spirit of the Reverend Robert Kirk. In 1691, he was parish minister in Aberfoyle and wrote a book called ' The Secret Commonwealth of Elves, Faunes and Fairies '. A year after the book was published, Kirk collapsed and died when walking on Doon Hill.
After his funeral, he appeared to relatives to tell them that he was in fairyland and gave them instructions for his release. However, his wishes were not carried out and many believe his spirit may still be contained in the old scots pine on Doon Hill.
They say if you tie a message to the Scots pine tree the fairies will come and read it and make your wish come true.
Getting there by railway:- From Stirling Railway Station go via minor road to the A9. Turn onto the A9 follow right A9 and then turn onto A84. Go to A873 Thornhill. Go to A81 Port Of Menteith. Go to A821 Aberfoyle. Continue on A821 out of Aberfoyle climbing steep hill towards Dukes Pass. Visitor centre entrance is approximately 1 mile north of Aberfoyle on the right hand side of the road.
Getting there by aeroplane:- From Glasgow Airport follow signs for the M8 turn to the M898, then A898 take the A82 Dumbarton. Turn to the A811 Balloch and follow left the A811. At Gartocharn follow right the A811. Turn to theA81 and then the A821. At Aberfoyle continue on A821 out off Aberfoyle climbing steep hill towards Dukes Pass. Visitor centre entrance is approximately 1 mile north of Aberfoyle on the right hand side of the road.
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