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Gaelic: Gleann Fairg
Perthshire, Fife, Kinross-shire
Glenfarg Green & Gardens.jpg
Glenfarg Green & Gardens
Grid reference: NO1329809114
Location: 56°16’0"N, 3°24’-0"W
Post town: Perth
Postcode: PH2
Dialling code: 01577
Local Government
Council: Perth and Kinross
Ochil and South Perthshire

Glenfarg otherwise Damhead is a small village in the parish of Arngask at the meeting-point of the counties of Kinross, Fife, and Perth in the Ochil Hills.

The village today, squashed up most uncomfortably against the M90 motorway, has a parish church, a small shop, tennis courts, riding school, primary school with nursery.

Above the village is the source of the River Farg, a little tributary of the River Earn, the village sits within its glen, hence the name of the village. The motorway intrudes itself into the glen as a way north through the hills.


The village benefited from being a stagecoach stop–over as horses were rested en route between Edinburgh and the Highlands. Famous visitors over time are said to have included Mary Queen of Scots, Sir Walter Scott and even the celebrated poet, Robert Burns. The name of the village was changed in the 1890s when the newly completed railway began to bring tourists to the area – and 'Glenfarg' was felt to be more appealing than 'Damhead'. The line was closed to passengers on 14 June 1964 and freight on 5 January 1970.

The North British Railway had experienced problems in its construction because of the landscape, which required two tunnels within four miles.[1] The former railway line is now the route of the M90 motorway, which runs along the eastern periphery of the village.

At its peak, the village became a popular holiday destination, boasting four hotels.[2] Services in the village include a church, small shop, tennis courts, riding school, primary school with nursery, and a hotel, with a second recently having been bought out for housing development.

In May 2014, the river was badly polluted when an employee at the Glenfarg Water Treatment Works at East Blair Farm left a valve open, allowing water to flow into the aluminium sulphate tank. That tank then overflowed, flooding a corridor and draining into the River Farg over a period of several hours.

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