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Loch Lomond Family Activities

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Places to Visit with the family around Loch Lomond

Our holiday cottage is located near Drymen, Stirlingshire. Perfectly positioned for family activities around Loch Lomond. 

There are lots of wonderful family-friendly walking and cycle routes, with many quiet tracks, away from busy roads. With such an abundance of natural landscapes and wildlife to discover, this is the perfect place to switch off and get back to nature with kids. And, for busy children, enquiring minds, and rainy days there is a multitude of activities and attractions nearby to keep everyone occupied.

Below are some of our favourite activities and attractions for children and families to enjoy, all within a half-hour drive of the cottage.

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Our Favourite Family Attractions Loch Lomond

Go Ape Aberfoyle

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Distance from the cottage: 8 miles

Go Ape is an amazing outdoor adventure park in Aberfoyle. Within the mountains, forests and woodland of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs, it has two of the longest zip wires in the UK. This exhilarating experience will have you flying over trees and a stunning waterfall! (Suitable for ages 10 and over).

Also here, you will find the Lodge Visitor Centre, the gateway to the vast Queen Elizabeth Forest Park. So, with a cafe, nature insights, and plenty of trails to explore, you’re sure for a fun-packed day. And if this isn’t enough, you can head back down to the village of Aberfoyle, which offers mountain bike practice trails, ice creams and an excellent playpark. Or pop along to Kinlochard for outdoor activities and watersports, including an inflatable waterpark!

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Sea Life Loch Lomond Aquarium

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Distance from the cottage: 11 miles

See an amazing variety of aquatic life, such as tropical fish, seahorses, sharks, stingrays and otters at Sea Life Loch Lomond. From the Lochs of Scotland to the Bay of Rays, there are several zones to explore. Including the amazing Tropical Ocean Tunnel. With a programme of creature talks and feeds on throughout the day. (Suitable for all ages).

Sea Life Loch Lomond is located at Loch Lomond Shores. Here you can take to the sky at Treezone, or enjoy a display of wonderful birds at the Bird of Prey Centre. Also, with a play park, crazy golf and watersports, there’s enough to keep busy children occupied all day!

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Castle at Mugdock Country Park near Glasgow

Mugdock Country Park

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Distance from the cottage: 10 miles

Mugdock Country Park has 270 hectares of woodland, moorland and heathland for all the family to explore. There’s lots of space for the kids to run around, a children’s play park, adventure trail, visitor centre and sign-posted paths for walking and cycling. You can also visit the ruins of Mugdock Castle. Also, in the summer months, children can enjoy nature activities and events. And don’t forget to pop into the cafe for some delicious food! (Suitable for all ages).

And on your way home, pop up to Harmony Fields petting farm and animal sanctuary.

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Swimming & Soft Play

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Distance from the cottage: 16 miles

Make a splash at The Leisuredrome in Bishopbriggs. This leisure centre has a fun swimming pool with a flume and wave machine. There’s also a children’s soft play area called Charlie’s Big Adventure. 

Also, you will find nearby the McLaren Leisure Centre in Callander. Another great place for kids. Dive into the pool. Go wild in the soft play. Or take to the climbing wall for a fun-filled day out.

Pool suitable for all ages, soft play for ages 12 and under.

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Blairdrummond Safari Park

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Distance from the cottage: 17 miles

Finally, no family holiday to our cottage would be complete without a day out at Blairdrummond Safari Park. This really is a special day trip for all the family. And it enjoys more than a safari park drive-through!

Join in with the sea lion shows, spend hours in the amazing adventure playground and on rides. Or relax with a family BBQ – complete with BBQs ready to light (be sure to book ahead). And if that’s not enough, step back in time on their latest feature, ROARsome, an interactive dinosaur walk.

And all this before you pop on the boat to monkey island, play on the pedalos, or zip slide across the safari park waters!

Suitable for children of all ages.

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Sweeney’s Cruise Co.

Distance from the cottage: 12 miles

Set sail with Sweeney’s Cruise Co. for boat trips on the loch, departing from nearby Balloch. See the spectacular views and hear the fascinating stories of this magical Scottish loch. This is a great adventure for all the family and a must when visiting Loch Lomond.

Suitable for all ages.

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Pony Trekking in Loch Lomond & The Trossachs

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Distance from the cottage: 12 miles

Castle Rednock is a working hill farm on the site of a medieval castle, with fantastic views across Stirling Castle and the Lake of Menteith. It offers outdoor activities including pony trekking, orienteering, segway and quad pod experiences. 

Also, nearby in Balloch, is Loch Lomond Pony Trekking. And here you can enjoy fantastic views over Loch Lomond from horseback.

Pony trekking suitable for ages 4 and over, quad pods for ages 3 and over.

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‘From Blair Castle to Inveraray, we’ve found everything to be within easy reach. The cottage and Mrs. Currie have anticipated all our needs! Everything is beautifully done inside and out! The area is gorgeous! Truly the perfect spot for any activity or just to rest too!’

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Watch our video below and see our gorgeous cottage for yourself. Plus, get a taster of some of the wonderful attractions and activities nearby, including Loch Lomond. We are sure you will love all we have to offer so get booking today and enjoy a relaxing stay with us here at Ballat Smithy Cottage.

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Walking

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Cycling

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