In Balquhidder, the church has always been appreciated for its good acoustics and, until 2013, The Friends of Balquhidder Church used to host a summer season of classical concerts. These are no longer financially viable, but the church is used for concerts by other organisations from time to time, most recently by members of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. The church fund-raising concerts are popular with many local, talented artists from all parts of the parish, generously donating their time and talents. This also has the effect of drawing together folk from all parts of the parish.

In such a large, rural parish there can be problems getting to the nearest doctors' surgeries, which are in Callander, Comrie and Killin, all some thirty minutes drive away from the three villages. The local community hospitals are in Stirling, Falkirk and Crieff, all about an hour away, with the main hospitals in Perth and Larbert even further away. Patients can also be sent to Glasgow hospitals. Local care services from district nurses and those run by Stirling Council are very good, despite frequently being under pressure.

There is one primary school in the parish - in Strathyre - after those in the other two villages were closed in recent years. Strathyre is considered by many to be a very good school and draws pupils from outwith the parish as well. The school likes to hold a service in the church occasionally, for example at Harvest Thanksgiving.

Most secondary-age children go to McLaren High School in Callander by school bus. Other bus services are limited and restricted to the A-roads, with local services provided by Stirling Council under a Demand Responsive Transport scheme which appears to work well, including bringing folk to church if necessary.

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