Within a short drive of the Loch Lomond Waterfront, there is a world a fascination, charm and interest. Here are our top five recommended things to see and do in different categories
Scotland’s most interesting and vibrant cities and attractions are easy to get to from Loch Lomond Waterfront.
Glasgow, city of culture – 30 mins: restaurants, Museums and Art Galleries, shopping, theatres, concerts & night life.
Edinburgh, historic capital – 1 hour: visit Edinburgh Castle, new town, Hollyrood Palace, Royal Yacht, Britannia, Zoo.
Stirling, city of Braveheart – 30 mins: visit Stirling Castle, Wallace Monument, shopping and Blair Drummond Safari Park.
Auchterarder – 45 mins: Gleneagles hotel and golf resort, gift shops and local scenic tours.
Perth – 1 hour: Palace of Scone, River Tay, shopping.
House of Bruar by Pitlochry – 1hr 30mins: the best of Scottish food, quality clothing and designer gifts.
Crieff, Gateway to Highlands – 50 mins: Highland town and resort. Stuart Crystal gift shop, Drummond Castle Gardens, Famous Grouse distillery tour.
Callander, Gateway to the Trossachs – 30 mins: Loch Vennechar, Rob Roy Centre, Woollen Mills, Restaurants and gift shops. Falls of Lenny and Bracklin Falls.
Helensburgh –30 mins. Elegant Town on the River Clyde. Waverley steamer, Hill House, Birth place of John Logie Baird, Faslane Nuclear Base, coffee shops and gift shops.
Luss and West Loch Lomond – 35 mins: preservation village, steamer pier, visitor centre, coffee and gift shops. Loch Fyne Oyster bar, Inverary Castle, Town and Jail.
Historical and heritage sights
St Maha’s Well: Search hard for this ancient holy well on the moors above Milton. Great views of the Loch.
Rob Roy treasure hunt: walk in the footsteps of our most famous local – ask at reception for our own tour of his haunts.
Glengoyne Distillery: one of the best and prettiest whisky distillerys in Scotland – fascinating, fun and delicious!
Sir Walter Scott, Loch Katrine: take a trip on a Victorian treasure on a stunningly beautiful Loch.
The Waverley: It’s a bit further but a must do trip ‘Doon the Watter’ on the world’s oldest paddle boat.
Walking and climbing
There are too many to choose from, but here are what we think are the best of many:
Conic Hill to Milton of Buchanan and back: thee hours and very varied.
Millarochy Bay and back: stunning loch side walk. Venture a little further to Sallochy Bay and see the ruins of an abandoned highland crofting community.
Ben Lomond: for the more adventorous summit the 3,196 feet of this beacon.
Queen Elizabeth Forest Park: follow the Loch Katrine viaduct engineering marvel.
Buchanan Estate: trace the remains of gracious living in this once mighty stately home park.
Devils Pulpit, Croftamie: gorge walking for the intrepid – but there’s often company.
Islands of Loch Lomond: take a boat and take all day. Just stunning and so much history.
The Whangie: see where Rob Roy hid his stolen cattle – great views of Loch Lomond as well.
Duncryne Hill, Gartocharn: the best views for the least effort – 250ft high with enchanting views of all of Loch Lomond.
Bracklinn Falls, Callendar: fascinating series of falls. Best when wet.
Sport and leisure
Buchanan Arms leisure club: with swimming pool, sauna and gymnasium – guest of ours can also enjoy preferential rates.
Buchanan Castle Golf Club and Driving Range: this well establish golf course is less than three miles away and our guests can benefit from preferential rates.
Castle Rednock horse riding and segway centre: just what it says – very friendly family run farm business.
Can U Experience: canoes, segways and lots more.
Go Ape, Aberfoyle: hang from trees and tackle the high ropes – thrills and excitement for all ages.
Speedboat Tour & Island Visit: Your boat driver is your personal tour guide & you will be amazed by the beauty and history of Loch Lomond. Please visit our website for more information: www.lochlomond-scotland.com
Coffee shops and gifts
Ealain Gallery, Drymen: thoughtful gifts, beautiful art and a whisky treasure trove.
House of Darrach, Gartocharn: glitz, glam and elegant – quality gifts and delicious cakes.
Wishing Well, Pots of Gartness: a lovely drive to a high quality coffee shop.
David Marshal Lodge, Aberfoyle: not the only coffee shop in Aberfoyle but by far the best views.
Jenners, Balloch: yes our own local department store in the main tourist/retail Loch ‘Portal’