Places to eat near Loch Lomond
Discover Scotland’s Larder
Discovering a new place is only partly about getting outside and seeing the landscape and history. The rest of it is all about eating local and seasonal food. That’s why finding the best places to eat near Loch Lomond is important. So whether you are looking for a family-friendly pub or a romantic dinner for two, here are some great suggestions about where to eat within 20 miles of Ballat Smithy Cottage.
Also, we have some wonderful farm shops in the area, such as the Courtyard Cafe in Fintry, where you can buy homemade ice-cream and home pasteurised milk. Plus we are just a short drive from Glengoyne Distillery and the Oak Tree Inn’s microbrewery at Balmaha.
The Soup Dragon Cafe
Distance from the cottage: 0.5 miles
The cottage is practically neighbours to this wonderful little cafe. Situated within the stunning grounds of the Tir na nOg Holistic Centre, the Soup Dragon Cafe offers delicious cakes and simple meals in a welcoming setting. It’s a great Loch Lomond cafe to visit to recharge your batteries and rest your weary bones after exploring Loch Lomond and the Trossachs.
Distance from the cottage: 3 miles
Just down the road from Ballat Smithy Cottage is the lovely village of Drymen. Here you’ll find The Clachan. This is Scotland’s oldest licensed pub (since 1734!) and offers as warm a welcome as the day it opened. From fish dishes to pizza, everyone is welcome to eat here.
Doyle’s Cafe & Deli
Distance from the cottage: 3 miles
If you are looking for a cup of coffee and something tasty to eat, Doyle’s Cafe & Deli in Balfron is perfect. Everything is cooked on-site and you can choose from fry-ups, soup and cakes. It’s a family-owned deli that delivers great service.
Oak Tree Inn
Distance from the cottage: 7 miles
The lovely bar and restaurant The Oak Tree Inn in Balmaha is a popular destination for all visitors to the area. It’s a handy stop-off for those walking the West Highland Way. It offers local and seasonal food and, when it’s warm, you can sit outside and enjoy the views.
The Cross Keys
Distance from the cottage: 10 miles
In the mood for a gastropub? Then the Cross Keys in Kippen is for you. Juicy burgers, sumptuous steaks, tasty steak pies and wonderful fish and chips can all be found here, amongst other dishes. And at over 300 years old, don’t be surprised if you catch a glimpse of one of the resident ghosts…
Eating out in Edinburgh and Glasgow
Our local cities
Don’t forget that Edinburgh and Glasgow are within easy reach of Ballat Smithy Cottage. Both these large cities have every type of food you could wish for, from local dishes to vegan specialities. Take a look online to see the vast range. If you really want to splash out, then try Restaurant Andrew Fairlie at Gleneagles or Brian Maule’s Chardon d’Or in Glasgow.
So if you are wondering where to eat near Loch Lomond, then wonder no more! With so many places to eat near Loch Lomond, you will be spoiled for choice when you stay here!Book To Stay With Us
‘The Ballat Smithy is the ideal location for exploring the Loch Lomond area and is also within easy reach of Glasgow, Stirling and Edinburgh.
The two-bedroomed Smithy was surprisingly spacious, very clean and had all the amenities we required for a great week-long holiday.
The nearby town of Drymen is constantly busy with many hikers and travellers making their way to Loch Lomond and the Highlands. There are quite a few good eateries, particularly The Clachan Pub and Skoosh coffee shop in Drymen, and The Oaks on Loch Lomond shores.
Anne, the owner of Ballat Smithy, was very helpful with local information and provided us with a lovely welcome parcel of local eggs, bacon, cheese, bread and homemade jam.
We wouldn’t hesitate to stay here again.’
– Ballat Smithy Cottage Tripadvisor Review
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