Thornhill is a village situated on a bluff above the low lying land of the Carse of Stirling on the edge of the Loch Lomond and Trossach’s National Park, approximately 10 miles west of Stirling on the A873 Blairdrummond to Aberfoyle road.
Thornhill has approximately 280 households and the population is around 590, spread between the village itself and the surrounding rural area.
Wikipedia entry for Thornhill, Stirling
The commons in Thornhill are a unique feature, almost encircling the village. The North Common is a deliberately wild and uncultivated area to the North of Main Street. It is owned by the village and managed by the North Common Trust. Everyone is encouraged to get involved in helping to maintain and improve the common. The South Common is owned and maintained by Stirling Council and includes a football pitch and playpark. Paths within the village connect with others which form part of Stirling Council’s Core Path network.
The Primary School is in the heart of the village and students undertake their secondary education at McLaren High School in Callander.
Flanders Moss is a National Nature Reserve a mile from the village and is the largest remaining raised peat bog in the UK. It is managed by Scottish Natural Heritage(SNH). There is a one kilometre boardwalk around the site with a viewing tower giving stunning views of the village to the north and west to the Highland Boundary fault and the mountains of the Trossachs. It is accessed off the B822 towards Kippen. From 1st May 2020 SNH will be known as NatureScot.
It’s approximately one hour by road to both Edinburgh and Glasgow airports. The X10A bus service between Thornhill and Stirling runs six times a day, except Sundays. There is also a Demand Responsive Transport service which serves local areas not covered by the bus service.
Thornhill was laid out in 1696, and merged with the neighbouring hamlet of Norrieston. Nowadays Thornhill is well known for its local pub and views across the Carse of Stirling to the distant hills .
Thornhill sits within the Stirling Council area and the ward of Thornhill & Blairdrummond Community Council.
Thornhill Community Trust works alongside these bodies to improve quality of life and the environment for those living within its operating area.
There are close links with other villages and communities surrounding Thornhill, such as Kippen, Gargunnock, Gartmore, Doune and Callander.