Things to Do
Loch Lomond and the Trossachs are internationally recognised as being among the most beautiful and romantic places in the world, and there is something for everyone here:
Walking: There are walks to suit everyone, high or low level, long or short, easy or strenuous. By the banks of the Endrick Water or Loch Lomond, Queen Elizabeth Forest, Country Parks, Nature Reserves. Many sections of the West Highland Way and the John Muir Way coast to coast route are easily reached; the Three Lochs Way, with its specatcular views, is close by, and the lovely Rob Roy Way begins near here in Drymen.
For hillwalkers there are 'easy' hills such as Ben An, to more difficult such as Ben Lomond, The Cobbler or the mountains of Perthshire. Walk Highlands has comprehensive information.
There are the world famous Championship courses at St. Andrews and Gleneagles, and many smaller local courses, for example at Aberfoyle, Balfron, Buchanan, Strathendrick, Callander, Stirling.
South of St Andrews are the lovely links courses at Crail, which we can highly recommend.
Cycling: The cottage has a secure storage area for bikes, or they can be hired in Drymen and Aberfoyle. There are numerous very good routes in the Queen Elizabeth Forest, around Callander
and from Drymen to Balloch and Aberfoyle.
Riding: There are several British Horse Society and TRSS Approved Trekking and Riding Centres within travelling distance of the cottage. Please ask for details.
Fishing: For salmon, trout and pike on the Endrick and Loch Lomond; trout on the Lake of Menteith; there are also several local fisheries.
Watersports: Go Country offer a wide range of activities on Loch Ard.
We can recommend the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park or In Callander websites for lots more information on outdoor activities in the area.
Wildlife: There are several Scottish Wildlife Trust and RSPB reserves in the area; Loch Lomond is internationally important with many rare species, wonderful for botanists and birdwatchers. Kingfishers on the Endrick, ospreys on Loch Lomond and the Lake of Menteith, ptarmigan on the high tops, capercaillie and red squirrels at Aberfoyle, eagles, pine marten and otters, bluebells in spring and heather
in August, and many small, exquisite sites for wild flowers.
Touring: There are countless drives through breathtaking scenery in the vicinity of the cottage, and a large part of Central Scotland is easily explored within a day trip - Argyll, Ayrshire, Fife, Perthshire, Edinburgh and the Lothians, even the Borders.
History, Art and Culture: Central Scotland is steeped in history, culture and art, and what's mentioned here is only a tiny glimpse of our wealth of historic places, castles, stately homes, battlefields, wonderful architecture, art collections and cultural attractions. Robert
Burns to Rob Roy; Charles Rennie Mackintosh to the Adam brothers, Glasgow's Victorian and Edinburgh's Georgian architecture; Edinburgh and Stirling Castles; National Trust properties; Glasgow and Edinburgh museums and art galleries; music festivals, theatres and concerts.
Anything else?: Yes! A huge variety of attractions - Glengoyne Distillery, the Falkirk Wheel, Callendar House, Blair Drummond
Safari Park, Lomond Shores, Deep Sea World, Visitor Centres; museums, art galleries, shopping in Edinburgh and
Glasgow; Clyde shipbuilding; leisure centres for swimming, etc., gardens - the Royal Botanic in Edinburgh, Glasgow Botanic Garden, and many others. Just nearby is the lovely Tir na nOg Holistic Centre, offering a range of treatments and an enchanting shop.
Is that all?: No! Cruise Loch Katrine on the Sir Walter
Scott, sail down the Clyde on theP.S. Waverley, experience Loch Lomond and its islands by boat. Motorsports at Knockhill, off road driving at Knockhill or Dunkeld. Go karts, ten pin bowling, cinemas, Garden Centres and country parks……..
Or just relax!