Most of the villages in this area have at least one or more local pub however below are some of our own favourites and recommendations that we have tried over the years.
The Oak Tree Inn, Balmaha
A family owned pub and restaurant looking out over the Balmaha boatyard. The Oak Tree is incredibly popular with both tourists and locals and is just a two minute walk from the lodges. A large open fireplace heats the bar throughout the winter months and during the summer customers often enjoy refreshments and dining outside in their beer garden. The Oak Tree also deliver superb Pizza’s, home baked in their traditional stone pizza oven.
Best for: log fires and home- brewed beer and local menu
Tel: 01360 870357 or 01360 870440 for pizza delivery | Web: www.theoaktreeinn.co.uk
The Drymen Inn, Drymen
Newly opened, tastefully restored. Family run – bistro/Inn with log fire, good atmosphere and quality good value food.
Best for: live music and meet the locals
Tel: 01360 660123 | Web: www.thedrymeninn.com
The Clachan, The Square, Drymen
The Clachan, another family owned pub can boast the title of the oldest pub in Scotland. Good homemade food or simply a quiet drink can be enjoyed in a cosy, friendly atmosphere.
Best for: history, tradition and good value cooking ( argued to be the oldest pub in Scotland)
Best for: history and tradition (the oldest pub in Scotland)
Tel: 01360 660 824 | Web: www.clachaninndrymen.co.uk
Lake of Menteith Hotel and waterfront Restaurant, Port of Menteith
Overlooking Scotland’s only lake this Nick Nairn signature restaurant provides superb, high quality food. Bookings advisable.
Best for: fine dining and views over the Lake of Menteith
Tel: 01877 385 258 | Web: www.lake-hotel.com
The Winnock, the Square, Drymen
Bar and Restaurant meals are available. Booking is advisable for the restaurant at weekends.
Best for: coach parties and country dancing in season
Tel: 01360 660245 | Web: www.winnockhotel.com
The Inn, Kippen
Excellent, contemporary Scottish food can be enjoyed here. It is more expensive than other local pubs but is good for a special occasion.
Best for: dog walkers, 300 year old interior and original home food recipes
Tel: 01786 871010 | Web: www.theinnatkippen.co.uk
The Wayfarers, Croftamie
This is a small bar/restaurant in the neighbouring village, which provides pleasant food. Scottish Folk evenings once a month.
Best for: great value food
Tel: 01360 660358
Culcreuch Castle, Fintry
This is an old converted castle providing bar and restaurant meals. It is about a 20 minute drive away however has lovely gardens to relax and stroll in.
Best for: hill country setting and dungeon
Tel: 01360 860555 | Web: www.culcreuch.com