Acharn  Perthshire


In 1882-4, Frances Groome's Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland described Acharn like this:

Acharn, a village and a burn in Kenmore parish, Perthshire. The village stands at the burn's month, on the S shore of Loch Tay, 1¾ mile above Kenmore. A neat little place, it has a public school, which, with accommodation for 118 children, had (1879) an average attendanee of 80, and a grant of £79, 2s. ...

The burn rises on Creagan na Beinne, at an altitude of 2400 feet, and has a northward course of about 5 miles. Near the village, over the side of a wooded dell, it makes a picturesque fall, first a sheer leap of 50 feet, then in two streams that meet in a little pool, and thence down a series of inclined descents, the total height being between 80 and 90 feet. A grotto opposite was visited on 5 Sept. 1803 by Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy, who writes in her Journal (ed. by Principal Shairp, 1874):-' We entered a dungeon-like passage, and, after walking some yards in total darkness, found ourselves in a quaint apartment stuck over with moss, hung about with stuffed foxes and other wild animals, and ornamented with a library of wooden books covered with old leatherbacks, the mock furniture of a hermit's cell. At the end of the room, through a large bow window, we saw the waterfall, and, at the same time, looking down to the left, the village of Kenmore and a part of the lake-a very beautiful prospect. '

Acharn through time

Acharn is now part of Perth and Kinross district. Click here for graphs and data of how Perth and Kinross has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Acharn itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Acharn, in Perth and Kinross and Perthshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 02nd December 2021

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