Visit The Trossachs in Scotland
The Trossachs and Loch Lomond National Park is one of the most scenic areas in Scotland and has a wealth of places to visit and things to do. Your stay at Glendaruel can be relaxing or you can plan some great things to do for every day of your stay. It really is an area where one night is just not enough! We have listed some information on the most popular visitor attractions below.
The David Marshall Lodge Visitor Centre
What a great way to start your visit to this area. Newly refurbished for 2014, the centre is situated on the Dukes Pass and is less than one mile from Aberfoyle. For the fitter and more able, there is a small footpath leading from Trossachs Road to the Centre. There is an abundance of walks for all abilities starting from the car park at the centre, This is also the location of The GO APE facility, a fabulous high wire experience for all the family.
The Scottish Wool Centre Aberfoyle
The Wool Centre is situated in the main car park in Aberfoyle. The Centre has live sheepdog demonstrations using ducks as sheep! A light hearted show with demonstrations from Easter to October and weekends the rest of the year. The Centre also has spinning and weaving demonstrations, a gift shop and coffee shop. There is some small animals for the childen to see and is open all year from 10am..
Inversnaid and Loch Lomond
Leave Glendaruel and turn right towards Loch Ard and Loch Chon enjoying some of the most beautiful scenery on the way. On the way visit Stronachlachar boat pier on Loch Katrine and drive on past Loch Arklet to Inversnaid and the "Bonnie Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond". Here you can stroll along the banks of Loch Lomond which is Britain's largest expanse of water, measuring 23 miles long and 5 miles wide. From here you can also walk part of the West Highland Way, view the Inversnaid waterfall, or relax with a drink from the Inversnaid Hotel.
The Trossachs and Loch Katrine
Historically The Trossachs are a small area defined by the peaks of Ben A'an and Ben Venue, and the Lochs Katrine and Achray. This magnificent area has much to offer in terms of beauty, peace and places of interest. The hills of Ben A'an and Ben Venue are easily accessed by good footpaths and the views from both are spectacular. A good eating place either before or after your walk is the Brig 'O' Turk Tea Room or The Byre Inn. A trip to Loch Katrine should include a sail on the S.S. Sir Walter Scott as this is the best way to see the loch. This is at the heart of Rob Roy country and is noted for it's beauty and celebrated in the literature of "The Lady of the Lake", the romantic poem by the Scottish poet and novelist Sir Walter Scott. Glengyle, at the south-eastern head of the loch was the birthplace of the famous Scottish brigand, Rob Roy Macgregor. There is a gift shop and restaurant beside the loch open to all visitors. From the car park at Trossachs Pier you can hire a bicycle and cycle around the loch to see the real beauty of the area.
Three Lochs Forest Drive
The Achray Forest Drive is a seven mile drive through a beautiful forests of the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park, visiting Lochan Rhoidhe, Loch Achray and Loch Drunkie. Beautiful highland scenery, plenty of parking areas and ideal places for picnics. Open Easter - October and costs £2 per car but can be cycled for free.
The Lake of Menteith and Inchmahome Priory
Situated approximately five miles from Aberfoyle is the Lake of Menteith, Scotland's only lake. On the larger of the three islands in the Lake are the ruins of a 13th century priory, which provide an idyllic setting for a peaceful picnic which in Spring is full of daffodils, bluebells and rhododendrons. Take the small ferry from the Port of Menteith for the short trip to the island keeping a watchful eye out for the many birds that make the lake their home. These include the great-crested grebe, goldeneye, red-breasted merganser, tufted duck, mallard, geese, herons, swans and ospreys. The priory was founded in 1238 and in 1547 was used as a haven from the English army for Mary Queen of Scots when she was a child. Though now in ruins, there is still enough standing to give an impression of how the whole priory looked when it was in use. When you have finished looking at the priory be sure to take a walk around the shoreline of the island. This tranquil walk is less than twenty minutes and should not be missed. Particularly interesting are the wild flowers and ancient trees. If you have a sharp eye or a pair of binoculars you may be able to pick out the remains of a castle on the adjacent island. Open April - September, Monday to Saturday 09:30 - 18:30 and Sunday 14:00 - 18:30.
Blair Drummond Safari Park
Another great place for all the family, The Safari Park has wild animals including elephants, tigers, giraffes, zebras and white rhinos. Amusements include a Great slide, adventure playground, pedalos on the lake and boat trips to see the monkeys. For those who enjoy barbecues and picnics there is a well equipped area available. Kennels are provided for pets and a Safari Bus for those without a hard topped car. Open March - October 10:00 - 17:30.
The most southerly of the lowland malt distilleries and situated at the foot of Dumgoyne, approximately 10 miles from Aberfoyle. The distillery has a short video presentation and guided tours for groups of all sizes. All tours start on the hour and offer a free taste of their 10 year malt. Open Monday - Saturday 10:00 - 16:00, Sunday 12:00 - 16:00.
The spendid Royal Castle of Stirling towers above some of the most important battlefields in Scotland's history; including the site of Stirling Bridge - William Wallace's victory over the English in 1297 and Bannockburn where Robert the Bruce defeated the same foe in 1314. Open all year 09:30 - 18:00 (summer), 17:00 (winter).
As you approach Stirling you will see the National Wallace Monument. This 220ft tower dominates the surrounding plain. Take the 240 steps to the top and you'll enjoy spectacular views. Open all year with seasonal hours and a good restauarant with nice food.
More Local Information
Our favourite website for local information about The Trossachs and Loch Lomond is www.trossachs.co.uk