The Enchantment of the Trossachs – Gartmore Book Launch!

Louis Stott, an award-winning historian and author based in Aberfoyle was joined in Gartmore by family members, special guests and TV presenter Paul Murton to launch his 2nd edition of ‘ The Enchantment of the Trossachs’, which first appeared in 1992.

This publication which is one of a very small number of contemporary publications explores the unique legacy left behind by Aberfoyle’s 17th century minister, Reverend Robert Kirk.

Contextualised within the wider landscape of 17th and 18th century religion and superstition, as well as subsequent re-discovery of Kirk’s story, Stott’s book is a valuable contribution to knowledge and understanding of our local area and the exceptional heritage on our doorstep. ‘The Enchantment of the Trossachs’ including enhanced illustrations and up-to-date layout to be published this spring, will be available to a wide readership in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park and beyond.

About the author

Louis Stott is an award-winning historian and author based in Aberfoyle. His writing career spans four decades during which he has written extensively on literary history and heritage, particularly in the context of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs. His authorship includes numerous works on history and literature, including Smollett’s Scotland, two volumes on Robert Louis Stevenson, Literary Loch Lomond and The Waterfalls of Scotland. More recently Stott has authored ‘Scottish History in Verse’ published in 2013.



Loch Ard Local History Group

Louis is part of a growing heritage network established in 1999 that serves the local communities in Strathard (Aberfoyle, Kinlochard, Stronachlacher and Inversnaid). The group offers an annual Winter Programme of topics of interest. It also encourages research on local history by its members. The Enchantment of the Trossachs will be its first publication is available now priced £4.99 from the following outlets:

  • Aberfoyle Petrol Station
  • Deli Ecosse
  • Brambles (in Callander)
  • The Smith Museum (Stirling)
  • Stirling Librarie
  • Mail order from the Scottish Local History Forum http://www.slhf.org/books
  • Off the Wall Book Festival in May (Stirling)

If you would like to find out more about the Loch Ard Local History contact James Kennedy E:  publishlochard@gmail.com 


All proceeds from the book sale will be set aside for further publications about heritage and local history in Strathard!