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Here are some places to visit that we suggest.... Locally...
Continuing north on the B829 road from Kinlochard
you travel past Loch Chon on the left, with its attractive picnic spots and, taking the right hand turn at first T-junction
you reach, the road narrows and heads down to Stronachlacher on the west shores of Loch Katrine.
Turning left at the T-junction, you travel towards Inversnaid.
The wild landscape around Loch Arklet, framed by the craggy peaks of the Arrochar Alps, suddenly drops down to the shores
of east shores of Loch Lomond (the largest body of natural freshwater in the UK). The road descends steeply for 300ft
to reach Inversnaid, with its beautiful waterfall & rock pools.
Green Gallery - has 7-8 exhibitions
each year from both established artists & craftsmen, and new graduates. Paintings & craft items for sale.
Wool Centre - tells
you the story of Scottish Wool, weaving exhibitions, sheepdog demos with ducks & sheep, various shows, clothing,
gifts & local foods for sale, coffee shop.
Queen Elizabeth Forest Park Visitor Centre (David Marshall Lodge) - includes exhibitions
introducing the Forest Park, shop, restaurant & picnic site. On A821, 1 mile north of Aberfoyle.
SPFA World of Football Museum - football memorabilia.
INVERSNAID RSPB NATURE RESERVE (8 miles)
You can explore the reserve by walking along the West Highland
Way on the shores of Loch Lomond from the Inversnaid Hotel, or by taking the nature trail up through
the woods to spectacular viewpoints on the woodland edge.
LAKE OF MENTEITH (11 miles)
This is Scotland's only Lake (apparently
due to the misunderstanding of an early mapmaker!). You'll find picnic areas along the picturesque eastern shore
where you will hopefully see some of the local wildlife, particularly aquatic plants & wildfowl. Beautiful Inchmahome
Priory, which briefly housed Mary Queen of Scots, is set on an island in the middle of the lake, and reached by
motorboat from a carpark on the B8034, just south of Port of Menteith. Open April to end of September.
TROSSACH'S PIER (A821 from Aberfoyle
- 11 miles)
Visit the centre, souvenir shop with a restaurant and bike
hire facilities (from Katrinehwheelz'' at Pier) or enjoy a walk or cycle along the east side of Loch Katrine
with the wonderful views of Ben Venue.
LOCH KATRINE and Steamship Sir Walter Scott (14 miles)
Loch Katrine is one of Scotland's bonniest
Lochs and your stay here would not be complete without seeing it and taking a trip on the iconic Steamship Sir
Walter Scott (which has been sailing on the loch since 1902) or the smaller boat, Lady of the Lake.
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CALLANDER (17 miles)
Rob Roy &
Trossachs Visitor Centre
- includes exhibitions & film on the notorious & colourful character, Rob Roy MacGregor. Open daily
Mar-Dec, and weekends only Jan & Feb.
Kilmahog & Trossachs Woollen Mills - at Kilmahog, 1 mile north of Callander on A84, including a working
water wheel & weaving shed. Large mill shops and coffee shop. Also visit Hamish, the friendly resident Highland
of Leny - A84, 2 miles north
of Callander - the turbulent waters of the Garbh Uisge constrained by the narrow Pass of Leny. Haunt of dippers
& grey wagtails.
off Bracklinn Road, Callander. 0.75 mile walk from carpark to stepped falls in impressive wooded gorge.
DISTILLERY (A81 towards Glasgow - 20 miles)
Established in 1833, there are regular tours of the whisky heritage room & shop. Open daily all
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SHORES (21 miles)
mixed leisure & retail complex opened in July 2002 to coincide with the opening of the Loch Lomond & Trossachs
National Park, Scotland's first National Park. It has a giant screen drama, viewing galleries and 70,000sq
ft of shopping, restaurants & bars. Open daily. Located at Balloch (foot of Loch Lomond).
LOCH LOMOND BIRD OF PREY CENTRE (23 miles)
Home to Orla the Golden Eagle, Smudge the Baby Owl and the fast creature on earth, the Peregrine Falcon, the Bird
of Prey Centre has 35 birds with over 25 species in natural woodland on the edge of Loch Lomond.
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SAFARI & LEISURE PARK (on A84, just south of Doune - 23 miles)
There are wild animal reserves, pets farm, sea lions shows, boat safari, adventure playground,
picnic & BBQ areas at this site. Opens April to early October.
STIRLING (26 miles)
Wallace Monument - tribute to Scotland's 13th century heroic freedom fighter, Sir
William "Braveheart" Wallace. 220ft tower, one of Scotland's fine viewpoints. Open all year.
grand castle on high rocky outcrop, with restored Great Hall & medieval kitchen reconstruction. Open all year.
Old Town - clustered beneath the city walls, with cobbled streets,
historic buildings, coffee shops, restaurants & museums
GLASGOW (35 miles)
A vibrant city with
probably the best selection of restaurants & bistros outside London, superb shopping and lots of places of
Located on the A84 at the west end of
Loch Earn, this is one of Scotland's premier centres for watersports.
KILLIN (43 miles)
at the southern end of Loch Tay, straddling the spectacular Falls of Dochart, with several craft and coffee shops.
EDINBURGH (50 miles)A beautiful city, rich in historic sites, and excellent shops &