Loch Lomond Family Activities
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.
Go Ape Aberfoyle
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!
Sea Life Loch Lomond Aquarium
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, enjoy the play park, crazy golf and water sports. There’s enough to keep busy children occupied all day!
Loch Lomond Bird of Prey Centre
Distance from the cottage: 11 miles
Adjacent to Loch Lomond Shores, you’ll find the Loch Lomond Bird of Prey Centre. Get up close to an array of birds of prey, including buzzards, hawks, eagles, owls, vultures, kestrels and falcons. Daily flying displays showcase the skills and features of these magnificent animals. You’ll learn some fascinating facts about the different species, and discover how the centre is involved in the conservation and protection of birds of prey. They also offer special experiences, at an additional cost, such as the “Hawk Walk” and “Meet the Owls”.
Mugdock Country Park
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.
Blairdrummond Safari Park
Distance from the cottage: 17 miles
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.
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.
Loch Lomond Faerie Trail
Distance from the cottage: 19 miles
For a magical family day out, head to Loch Lomond Faerie Trail. Explore the woods and look out for faeries and other mythical creatures. The routes have seasonal themes, such as a festive trail in the winter and a Halloween theme in the autumn. The trail is designed for children aged around 4 to 10 years old, but is suitable for all ages. It is around a mile long, and can take between one and three hours to complete. However, there is a shortcut back to the car park if you need it.
Things to do around Loch Lomond
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If you’re looking for more things to do around Loch Lomond during your stay at Ballat Smithy Cottage, please see our Loch Lomond guides to walking, cycling, history and heritage, wildlife and nature, food and drink and more! If you need any assistance when planning your activities, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.Book Now
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