TROSSACHS PAGE ~ including The Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park
Before you read on, here is a Summary of Attractions within this area;
Sail on the Sir Walter Scott Steam Ship on Loch Katrine.
View Loch Lomond by Boat as you cross from the East to West - or Tour the Islands to the South End of the Loch, also by boat.
Drive across Mountain Ranges and see the magnificent views of Lochs, Deer and Panoramic Highlands in the distance - some 50 miles and more away. From Glasgow, the village of Luss is a Must - very special conservation village with outstanding gardens ~ all nestled on the West of The Bonny Banks of Loch Lomond ~ Food and Boat Activities available!
Try an adventure course and study nature at the David Marshall Lodge - set within the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park near Aberfoyle - great for kids! Try the Zip Wire - Britain's longest - or simply go for a walk or cycle.
Kayaking or Canoeing on Loch Ard.
Try a Dram! On the edge of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park are 3 Whisky Distilleries - let Benson Drive Scotland take you there and you take your time!
Do you like Antiques? In addition to various Scottish Souvenir Shops, with all things tartan, there is a place where you might find rare items on unique charm - ask and I shall tell!
Full details will be disclosed by email - so why not drop us a line!
The Trossachs – Up and Down and around – containing so many Lochs! – Big Puddles encased in Hills and Mountains, with the sun shining down to reflect the panoramic splendor of where Rob Roy MacGregor roamed.
He was called "A Rogue" - "A Scottish Robin Hood" - "The Highland Constable" - Very Arresting Presence - The Land and The Legend equally!
Whether you are staying in the Heart of this area (Callander or Aberfoyle) or not, you can access it within 15 minutes of leaving Stirling City Centre – so we will base the Options on starting from Stirling;
OPTION A – West to Balmaha – Beautiful and Peaceful – Boats berthed and sheltered within the South Eastern corner of Loch Lomond – go on to the South West of the Loch and up to Luss – a village of quaint character that was the base for a Television Series.
Continue North and past the tip of where West meets East and North – literally the Gateway to the Highlands at Tyndrum and Crianlarich. You then drive South and to Killin, where you can stop and see the Falls of Dochart and buy some Scottish Craft Gifts along the way.
The journey continues down to Lochearnhead where again, a marina holds many boats and views that will stay with you. Back down through Strathyre Village and reaching Kilmahog Visitor Centre – you can progress according to need and base from there –South to Callander and Stirling, West to Aberfoyle via Loch Katrine. You will not be disappointed! - For as Long as it Takes – you will easily see all in a day! Flexible twists and turns to see your choice of venue along the route – visit Rob Roy MacGregors grave near Balquhidder. Lots of places to stop and take a break and eat.
OPTION B – West to East - Across The Duke’s Pass – From Drymen and Balmaha, head up the East side of Loch Lomond and see where the road ends and where Ben Lomond starts! You are at Rowardennan, where there is a hotel and points along the way to stop off and put your feet on the sand and paddle in the water – you are in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park and it is beautifully preserved for visitors to enjoy. Natural Woodland with Scottish indigenous trees being the order of the day.
We then drive South, across and East towards The Lake of Mentieth and Aberfoyle (shops and Pubs, even a Distillery En Route if you wish!). Your options then continue!
Go straight across The Dukes Pass to the Southern end of Loch Katrine, with it’s Visitor Centre and Shop with Restaurant. The Sir Walter Scott Steamer sails from the Pier here and you can spend as much time here as you wish and even walk the East perimeter of the Loch to it’s Northern stretches – the Loch is small enough for you to capture its rock face as it winds around and opens up to a beautiful and wide vista.
When you are ready for more, you then drive past Loch Achray with it’s beautiful church sitting perched on the Lochs edge – very striking image on the landscape - especially as light fades – and on to Brig O’ Turk (Crafts and a Barn/ Pub Restaurant) and past Loch Venachar to Kilmahog, where the Highland Cattle are the most photographed animals in the area! They have the luxury of being next to the Visitor Centre, where Gifts, Food and Drink and Rest are on offer.
Then it’s South to Callander and wherever your fancy takes you from there! You have the luxury now of deciding your next move – an open invitation to see more - we are available for you to choose and vary!
South to Stirling – going across to the village of Thornhill – and the Carse of Stirling – where the flat land allows majestic views of the Castle in the distance – or across to Doune and it’s wee Castle.
Maybe it’s back to Base or maybe it’s to start to make an evening of it! Your Choice is welcome.
OPTION C – North, Middle and South –
Drive, to Maybe Sail, to Maybe Sail, to Drive - A Middle Riddle!
Drive North within the basin of The Trossachs, from Aberfoyle, through Kinlochard and up as far as the road goes, to Inversnaid, at the North East end of Loch Lomond. There is a Ferry that takes you the short crossing to Tarbet and Return (half hour crossing).
Then - 2 miles East you can EITHER – Drive back down the same road to The Dukes Pass OR - sail on the Sir Walter Scott Steamship on Loch Katrine at the Stronachlacher pier – this is the North of Loch Katrine - back down the Loch - timing is important to join the Steamship at the Stronachlacher pier – the sail is under an hour back South on the Loch, to be reunited with your car and driver at the Visitor Centre at the Southern end of the Loch – Then onwards to Kilmahog Tourist Centre (Woollen Mill) and the aforesaid Highland Cattle!
Then we drive you South - South from Kilmahog and within 2 minutes, you are in Callander.
Your options then are opened again! South from Callander and it’s Doune (with Castle – used in filming!), across to Sheriffmuir (Inn - Pub Restaurant available) and open views high above Bridge of Allan and Stirling, then on to the A9 (Perth and North via this Trunk Road) to the Tullibardine Distillery – samples available in their Educational Tour and bottles of old Whisky available to buy.
You can then go to the world renowned Gleneagles Hotel, with it's Golf Courses (venue for the past Ryder Cup event in September 2014) and either across to the lovely town of Crieff and visit the nearby Glenturret Distillery, where they make The Famous Grouse blended whisky - a roundabout way of returning, if your base is within the Troassachs - or head for Stirling on the very straightforward A9 Southbound and have an evening there!
If you want to split any aspect of this Tour, you are welcome.
Whatever way you choose, it is variety in abundance and one trip we hope you tailor to your own preference – Now you see why we offer you Options!
The title says “THREE WAYS TO SEE ONE BIG AREA!” – you can find more – IT IS ONE BIG TREAT!
ENJOY - Thank You