Places to visit around Loch Lomond and Stirlingshire
There are many lovely places to visit around Loch Lomond when you come to stay with us. With a variety of villages peppered all around you can spend a day dotting from one to another. Being situated in the Loch Lomond and National Trossachs Park beauty is not sparse. So read on and see our list below with a guide to some of the places for you to visit around Loch Lomond.
Without having to go far you can enjoy what Balmaha has to offer right on the doorstep of your lodge or chalet. Here you can dine at The Oak Tree Inn or enjoy a drink. There is a choice of walks from here too, including Conic Hill where spectacular views over Loch Lomond and surrounding areas can be absorbed. For a more gentle stroll, you can walk along the banks of the Loch to Malarrochy Bay.
A 10-minute drive from us takes you to the village of Drymen. Built-in 1771 nearby the significant ruins of Buchanan Castle it is a village worth a visit. The Drymen Inn and The Clachan offer delicious places to dine and enjoy a drink. Moon, a clothing shop is worth a visit if fashion is something you enjoy. Nearby is Tir Na Nog holistic centre. With a delightful shop, cafe and treatments on offer you can enjoy a trip to this peaceful and tranquil setting.
The village of Killearn is a 20 minutes drive from us and nestles next to the rolling Campsie Fell hills. It boasts stunning views all around. The Three Sisters Bake is worth visiting to indulge your culinary needs. Attached to the beautiful Killearn village hall you can dine and absorb the most spectacular views of Ben Lomond and the surrounding hills. Additionally, The Old Mill, situated in an old weaving mill, is a popular favorite, where you can enjoy delicious food in their restaurant or a drink in their quaint bar. Given Killearn’s location, there are some beautiful walks. The Killearn pipe track runs along the foot of the Campsie Fells and links to the neighboring villages of Blanefield and Strathblane. Furthermore, to make a day of this you can walk it in a loop, where you walk part of the West Highland Way and can stop at the Beech Tree Inn for refreshments. It is one of the places to visit around Loch Lomond that is worth doing.
Strathblane and Blanefield
Just along the road from Killearn and 25 minutes from us are the villages of Strathblane and Blanefield. Although two villages, separated by the Blane burn, you would be forgiven thinking they are one place as the merge together. Strathblane sits South West of the Blane burn and Blanefield Northwest. Again, these villages nestle at the foot of the rolling Campise Fell Hills. The Kirkhouse Inn and Blane Valley Inn offer a place to enjoy a drink or some food. The Blane Valley Inn locally referred to as the ‘BV’, is, in fact, the sister of The Oak Tree Inn in Balmaha, situated next to us here at Loch Lomond Waterfront! The Smithy Gallery is also worth a visit for those artists among you.
Situated on the other side of Killearn is the village of Balfron. A 20-minute drive from us, Balfron also sits by the Campsie Fell Hills. Balfron is where the locals go to be educated, boasting a large Secondary School. Wonderland is a gift shop in Balfron where you can treat yourself to some holiday memoirs or buy your loved ones and friends a special gift. And if you like home baking then stop for some delicious treats at Lou’s Bake Stop. Furthermore, Doyles Cafe offers a place to enjoy fresh homemade food and you can also buy freshly baked bread and cakes that you can bring back to your lodge or chalet!
Further on from Balfron en route to Stirling lies the creative village of Buchlyvie. A 20-minute drive from Loch Lomond Waterfront takes you to this small and delightful village. This is the first of four villages you can stop at along the A811 to Stirling. The Buchlyvie Pottery is a delightful place to visit. Here you can enjoy fresh food surrounded by arts and crafts while drinking your tea from a beautifully crafted teapot! The Green Gallery continues the creative theme. Here you can absorb an array of stunning artwork including paintings and unique objects that can dress your home. And if you want lovely locks then why not treat yourself to having your hair done? Ticketyboo Hair Design is situated off a secret hidden lane leading from the quaint main street of Buchlyvie. Here you will have your hair done by Lorna in the most adorable salon – a gorgeous painted cabin surrounded by decking! And if you fancy a pub meal The Buchlyvie Inn will cook you up a treat!
Arnprior is a few minutes up the road from Buchlyvie and 25 minutes from Loch Lomond Waterfront. Don’t be fooled by how small this village is as it has lots of enterprising things happening! Arnprior Farm is a very proactive farm in the area and famous for its pumpkins! Here you can get involved with lambing, hire their eco swimming pool and yes, pick your own pumpkins in October. And Buchlyvie is also home to Steve Burgess Furniture and Interiors. Not your run of the mill furniture but unique, bespoke, hand-crafted pieces can be seen here. It is well worth a visit to be inspired.
And so our places to visit around Loch Lomond continues on to Kippen. Along from Arnprior up on the hill, lies this little village. 30 minutes from Loch Lomond Waterfront it is a village to add to your list. Here you can visit the delightful coffee shop Rhubarb and Lime or stop for some food at The Woodhouse. Again, being in such a scenic situation there is an array of lovely walks you can enjoy. You can explore these here.
5- minutes along the road from Kippen and 35-minutes from us lies the village of Gargunnock. Situated on the edge of Stirling this is the last of the four villages on this stretch. The Gargunnock Inn offers ‘good food, good, beer, good friends and good times’. So if you are passing and are peckish it is worth a visit. If you are a keen gardener you can visit Gargunnock House Garden. An established house garden with woodland walks and walled garden, this has something different to offer each season.
Coming back to Loch Lomond but heading up the opposite side to us is the village of Gartocahrn. Literally, across the water from us, it is a 20-minute drive. Here you can dine in the lovely and ever-popular House of Darroch. It boasts a well-stocked gift shop with a variety of interesting items on sale such as clothes, homeware, and jewelry. And for art lovers, there is a gallery situated upstairs. Round the corner from House of Darroch lies the little hill ‘Duncryne’. Locally known as ‘The Dumpling’ this hill is a 40-minute walk. It can be steep at parts but is worth it for the views of Loch Lomond from the top. You can try and spot your Lodge or Chalet at Loch Lomond Waterfront from the summit! And interestingly you will be walking in the footsteps of a local legend. It was a favorite climb of the famous hill walker Tom Weir who lived in Gartocharn.
So many places to visit and see near Loch Lomond…
With so many places to visit around Loch Lomond, you won’t be short of things to see and do. And if you need any further information, just ask. You can explore our accommodation if you are looking for somewhere to stay. For anything else contact us here or call us on 01360 870 144. We wish you a fun and enjoyable stay.Book Accommodation
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