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May 2015+

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Population - 666.

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The south bit of Killin lets through the Falls of Dochart and they're usually on fine, flowing form given all the rain round here. This marks the end of the Western Highlands as you make your way east along Loch Tay into Perthshire and all of its attractions.

Killin - Falls of Dochart

Sadly, this was the recent scene of a young girl's murder and suspicions frequently switched in the ongoing investigation.

Hang on a minute! That was a different  The Killing, the studied, if a little protracted, exploration of the fictional aftermath. BBC4 has just been binged on and the fact and the fantasy are getting all mixed up.

The village's name derives from the Gaelic for White Church, unlike a  Broadchurch, which blatantly nicked from The Killing yet nobody seemed to notice?

 
Shutters Restaurant & Coffee Shop (Main Street)

This was a few years ago, mind, but while munching on some cake, an oldish fella politely corrected this one's mispronunciation of Loch and I've been talking like a plastic Scotsman ever since.

Just the other side of the bridge marks the traditional burial ground of Clan Macnab. They had long associations with Killin but there was an ousting of sorts by the Campbells in the 17th century.

Killin - Macnabs' Burial Ground

Now, here's a dilemma. A big fan of Ian (McNabb) including his work with the  Icicle Works but there are matrimonial loyalties to the  Duke Of Argyll. A free cup of tea in Inveraray Castle café or  The Small Price of a Bicycle? Sorry, Ian, it's the discount shortbread every time.

Sadly, this was the recent scene of a gruesome murder, a body made up of two parts laid meticulously and exactly halfway across.

Hang on a minute, that was a different  The Bridge. Nurse! It's happening again, can you unplug that BBC iPlayer?

The north bit of Killin is where you'll find the industrial hub and it's handy for the lavs. It's also near the shore of Loch Tay and a couple of short walks.

Killin - Near Loch Tay

Back on the high street, the  Killin Outdoor Centre caters for the hardcore and sports some serious looking canoes outside. Mrs Guff just wanted a new jumper but had conveniently forgotten the VISA™. This one coughed for the fleece, you're welcome, and some casual chit-chat ensued.

Heading towards Pitlochry, some advice for a walk was welcome. Ben Vrackie is 2800ft and will take you at least 4 hours. We ended up on a 2-mile long woodland path in Aberfeldy and the new, woolly protector wasn't really needed.

Happily this wasn't the scene of a recent murder, in fact, all of that was getting a bit  Borgen. Just take yourself for a bit of a  Wallander around the loch and things shouldn't  Spiral out of control too much, eh?