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Lochearnhead PerthshireLochearnhead lies at the western end of Loch Earn.

Loch Earn, and Lochearnhead village in particular, is a centre for both fishing and water sports: water skiing, canoeing and sailing.

Loch Earn is unusual in having it's own 'tidal system'. In fact these are not true tides but is seiching. (A true tide is driven by the sun and moon). As a result of the persistent prefailing wind blowing along the Loch there is stress applied to the water surface. This causes a slight slope on the Loch! As with all damped mechanical systems, applied pressure can result in an oscillation which in the case of a body of water is called a seiche. In Loch Earn this has a period of 16 hours. The water moves back and forth along the Loch - not in a raging torrent, of course - but the effect can be observed and measured. The currents can result in complex turbulance as an upper warmer layer of water mixes with the lower cooler water near the Loch bottom. Other fresh water bodies which experience this effect ie. seiches, are Lake Geneva, Lake Garda, Lake Erie and Lake Baikal.

Lochearnhead began as little more than a junction between the main north-south road from Callander to Killin and the road along Loch Earn from Perth (tracks might have been a better description). In 1761 the military road passing through from Stirling to Fort William was completed and this improved communication for the village. In 1800 a post office opened.

The Callander to Oban railway, taking the same route over Glen Ogle as the military road, arrived in 1870. In 1904 the railway was extended along the Loch from Crieff & St Fillans to join at Lochearnhead. The railways brought tourists to the beauty of Loch Earn and a number of small hotels were built around 1900. The St Fillans rail link closed in 1951 and the main line in 1965.

Just east of the village on the south side of Loch Earn is Edinample Castle built by 'Black' Duncan Campbell of Glenorchy in the 17thC.

Above is Ben Vorlich (985m) a steep sided pyramid shaped peak. This is a popular climb and the views from the top are spectacular.

 

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