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Kinnesswood

The village of Kinnesswood together with Scotlandwell, Easter Balgedie, Wester Balgedie and Glenlomond form the Parish of Portmoak. The villages all nestle along the foot of the Bishop Hill, part of the Lomond Hills. The name, Portmoak, or the original "Pitmoag" takes the name from the area dedicated to St. Moak in the first Millennium AD.

From the 16th Century until 1926 the village was an important centre for the manufacture of Parchment and Vellum.

Kinnesswood Kinnesswood is home to the famous Michael Bruce Way, a delightful walk, and boasts a 9 hole golf course and some lovely buildings dating from the 18th and 19th centuries. The Gentle Poet of Lochleven, Michael Bruce, whose grave can be seen in the Churchyard, was born here on 27 March 1746. He penned many poems, ballads and songs and died at the young age of 21 on 5th July 1767.The Michael Bruce Trust was created in 1905 for the purpose of raising funds to maintain the cottage where he was born. A year later, in 1906 the Cottage Museum was opened to the public. Keys to the museum can be obtained from the garage in the Main Street, an honesty box within the museum is provided for donations.

The main pockets of population in Portmoak are in Scotlandwell and Kinnesswood, where there is a primary school. The nearest libraries are in Leslie and Kinross but the village is visited by a mobile library every two weeks.

Photographs of the village and can be seen here

Kinnesswood in Bloom have produced an interesting leaflet entitled A Walk Around Kinnesswood - see details

Information about Kinnesswood and the Community Council can be found at the website www.portmoak.co.uk

Balado -- Carnbo -- Crook of Devon -- Kinnesswood -- Kinross -- Loch Leven -- Milnathort -- Rumbling Bridge -- Scotlandwell