Lochearnhead is a small village on the western edge of Perthshire that is often bypassed as travellers follow the A85 towards Crianlarich & the North
Lochearnhead lies at the western end of Loch Earn and is a centre for both fishing and various water sports: water skiing, canoeing and sailing.
Loch Earn is very unusual in having what seems to be it's own 'tidal system' but these are not true tides but something called seiching. A real tide is driven by forces of the sun and moon. As a result of the prefailing wind blowing along the Loch a stress is applied to the water surface which causes a slight slope on the Loch! In Loch Earn this seiche 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.
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 from Stirling to Fort William was completed and this improved communication for the village. In 1800 a post office finally 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 17th century.
Standing above the village is Ben Vorlich (985m) a steep sided and somewhat pyramid shaped mountain peak. Ben Vorlich is popular climb with spectacular views from the summit spectacular.
Local Sights & Activities for Lochearnhead
Lochearnhead is a good centre for walkers with Ben Vorlich, Stuc a Chroin, Ben More, Stobinian, Cruach Ardrain and the Lawers range within very easy reach. The old rail track up Glen Ogle has been surfaced to form an excellent route for both cyclists and walkers. There is a watersports centre at Lochearnhead where water ski-ing is available.