Fielbarachan, Aberfoyle

Grid reference

NN 518 010 (accurate position)

Six-figure easting & northing

251800 701000

Latitude

56.17861721188839

Longitude

-4.387741626925173

County

Perthshire

Nearby places

Bad Malio, Aberfoyle (0.36 miles)

Aberfoyle, parish (0.37 miles)

St Mary's Chapel, Drymen (3.23 miles)

Loch Inchmahome, Port of Meneith (3.28 miles)

Dalmary, settlement Drymen (3.43 miles)

Object Classification

Settlement

Is linear feature?

No

Notes

The name is that of a nineteenth-century guest-house, recently re-named Craigmore Guest House, but still known locally as Fielbarachan. The name is likely to reflect G Féill Bhearcháin, (St) Berchán's Fair, which was formerly kept at Aberfoyle in the autumn. The Fielbarachan guest house stands on the road, about 300 yards west of the centre of Aberfoyle, and on the northern edge of a flood-plain of the River Forth. It is named after the field across the road, on that flood-plain, which was used for the local games as late as the 1930s, and it is likely, given this tradition, the field-name and the suitable location, that the field was named after the fair of St Berchán celebrated on this flat ground [thanks to Pete McNiven for information about the name and recent use of the field].

Relationships with other parishes

Within Aberfoyle, parish