Loch Lomond Farm Cottages are part of a working farm in West Stirlingshire, close to Loch Lomond and The Trossachs. There are many things to see and do outside in this area. www.lovelochlomond.com/things-to-do gives a wide spectrum of places to visit, including information on Stirling Castle. If you are interested in antiques and fine furniture why not go to the Scottish Arts and Antiques Centre at Doune www.scottish-antiques.com The central location of the accommodation means that if you want to visit a city you have a choice. Glasgow, Stirling, Edinburgh and Perth are less than an hour away also.
On the Loch
Spectacular scenery, islands, slipways, cruises and watersports make the largest body of fresh water in the UK a very popular destination.
- Cruise Loch Lomond https://www.cruiselochlomond.co.uk/
- Sweeney’s Cruises http://www.sweeneyscruises.com/
- Can You Experience https://www.canyouexperience.com/
- Macfarlane & son https://www.balmahaboatyard.co.uk/
Made famous by Sir Walter Scott, this beautiful and historic loch in the Trossachs is well worth a visit.
- Loch Cruises https://www.lochkatrine.com/cruises/
Lake of Menteith
This small body of water is popular with fishermen and ospreys, and has an ancient ruined priory on an island, with connections to Scotland’s history.
Mountains & Hills
Whether or not you enjoy walking up them, or admiring them from below, the mountains and hills on our doorstep are some of the most scenic in Scotland.
There are walking routes for all levels of ability, and mountain bike tracks too. Some of our local hills and mountains include:-
For further information on local walks, please check the Walk Highlands website: https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/lochlomond/
Castles & History
Loch Lomond Farm Cottages are in the middle of an area steeped in history. The most important castle in Scotland’s history is Stirling Castle, which is just 20 miles drive. Other local castles include Doune (made famous by many films including Outlander) and Dumbarton, and there are many historic sites to visit close by.
Other places to visit include:-
- Inchmaholm Priory – on an island in the Lake of Menteith, has links to Robert the Bruce and Mary Queen of Scots.
- Rob Roy’s Grave, Balquhidder – A tangible reminder of the altruistic cattleman who suffered injustices in his colourful life.
- Dunblane Cathedral
- Cambuskenneth Abbey
- Antonine Wall – Rough Castle Roman remains
Loch Lomond Farm Cottages are surrounded buy gentle rolling hills, which suit farmers – and golfers alike. There are several local courses open for visitors and some very fine championship courses not far away.
There are lots of fun things to do locally for families of all ages!
- Briarlands Farm, Blair Drummond Farm based activities and pick your own strawberries.
- Blair Drummond Safari Park Animals large and small, with plenty of activities to keep everyone amused.
- Glasgow Science Centre Hands-on science based fun which inspires and educates kids of all ages. Also adjacent IMAX 3d cinema.
- Kelvingrove Museum, Glasgow – a great place to spend a few hours – or days!
- Scottish Antiques & Arts Centre Doune Amazing display of antique and collectibles for sale from independent dealers
Food & Drink
There are some very good bars and restaurants in the area, and many fine cafe’s and tea rooms. Here are a few:
- The Old Mill Killearn A local pub and fine restaurant with beer garden in an old weaving mill.
- The Clachan Inn, Drymen Friendly local pub serving great food in a historic building.
- Macmillan’s Kitchen, Ward Toll. Garden centre café serving home baking and good food and drinks.
- Courtyard Cafe – Knockraich Farm, Fintry Lovely cafe with baking and fresh dairy products from the farm.
- Lion & Unicorn, Thornhill Quality traditional pub restaurant with a long history.
- Turnip the Beet, Killearn Deli and provider of delicious world cuisine meals to be reheated at home.
- Nick’s, Lake of Menteith Pop-up restaurant at Nick Nairn’s Cook School serving gourmet pizzas, fine food and drink.