St. Fillan’s Priory, Scotland

This evening, I am posting information on St. Fillan’s Priory in the Highlands of Scotland.

The Priory remains can be accessed via a public hiking trail near Kirkton Farm, about half way between Tyndrum, Perthshire and Crianlarich.

The former medieval priory extends now to scant ruins but at its peak in the 14th century was a high status, Augustinian establishment endowed by Scotland’s King Robert the Bruce in gratitude for his being granted sanctuary at the predecessor site following his defeat at the Battle of Methven in 1306. The Bruce suffered another defeat nearby in 1306, at the hands of Alistair MacDougall, in what has been named the Battle of Dalrigh, although he ( the Bruce) lived to fight another day.

St. Fillan was active some six centuries before Robert The Bruce. He was an 8th century  missionary who brough Christianity to the area from Iona. Thus there was a continuity of Christian worship on the site for about 900 years. A consecrated burial ground remains close by today.

The ruined state of the Priory is attributable to the stonework being re-cycled to build the Kirkton Farmhouse.

A remote site with strong links to one of Scotland’s most important historic figures.


St. Fillan’s Priory, Scotland