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An elegant town, with streets laid out in a grid pattern many of which are tree-lined, the most notable ones with Japanese Cherry.
Helensburgh has an outstanding collection of houses designed by famous architects including Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Leiper and Honeyman. Mackintosh’s Hill House is the most well known and sits high above the Clyde commanding fine views over the estuary. Other famous local connections include Henry Bell who pioneered the steamship “Comet”, whose maiden voyage was from Helensburgh to Greenock. The original fly-wheel memorial can be seen on the east seafront esplanade. John Logie Baird, the inventor of television was born here, and a memorial to him can be found on the seafront. As well as being steeped in history and culture, Helensburgh is now rated as one of Scotlands best “Foodie” destinations where dining delights of all genres can be found in plentiful supply
THE SCANDINAVIAN SHOP 07748541720 www.scandinavianshop.co.uk Interesting gifts, jewellery, cards and unique household accessories with a Nordic twist. The Scandinavian Shop has been delighting Helensburgh for many years with its collections of products from around Scandinavia as well as Scottish products and is well worth a viit at all times of the year for gifts, souvenirs or just a special treat for yourself.
ELENSBURGH is approximately 20 miles north west of Glasgow. Sir James Colquhoun designed the town in 1780 and named it after his wife Helen.
SONI SPICE 01436 676746 Award winning Indian food delivered to your location or collected from their premises in Helensburgh. Freshly prepared to order, the chef is widely known for his great authentic regional dishes and amazing flavours. Also on the Just Eat delivery app. Open six days.
THE GINGER BREADMAN 64 Sinclair Street, Helensburgh, G84 8TP 01436 268060 A cosy, family run bistro cafe where you can go for breakfast, coffee or lunch and enjoy a wealth of made to order food prepared right in front of you. You will enjoy breads and cakes baked fresh each day by the Ginger Breadman himself including his locally famous sour dough bread and delightful selection of cakes and treats.
01436 676924 The Commodore is a Vintage Inns country pub oozing charm character. Its seafront position provides the perfect backdrop for savouring the hearty, seasonal pub-food, and the carefully nurtured cask ales and fine wines. Enjoy the sea front beer garden.
THE RUBY 01436 674080
One of Helensburgh’s oldest and best loved Chinese restaurants. The Ruby offers a wide range of freshly prepared Cantonese and Peking cuisine served in in a delightfully refurbished upstairs restaurant with stunning sea views, especially at night.
THE ARTIST PATISSERIE 71 Sinclair, Helensburgh, G84 8TG. www.theartistpatisserie.co.uk A newly opened, family run artisan patisserie specialising is beautiful cakes and treats hand made by the small team of three. Visit to see what wonderful creations and delicious treats await you from small delightful patisserie pieces to birthday and wedding cakes specially made to order.
Colquhoun Square 01436 670077 www.sosfitness.co.uk The Journey is an energetic and creative ‘fitness, health & wellness’ centre in the heart of Helensburgh, delivering personal training memberships and wellbeing services to help you stay ‘Primed for Life’. Many join The Journey because they want to achieve a specific goal. With support from our team of fitness coaches, yoga teachers, massage therapists and an amazing, vibrant community, you’ll soon discover that what we can help you achieve, goes ‘beyond the goal’. You might wonder what the next level of a gym experience is? The solution isn’t more machines, more mirrors, more vanity. The Journey is different. Get in touch today to find out more.
HELENSBURGH HERITAGE TRUST 01436 675484 www.Helensburgh-heritage.co.uk The Trust can arrange guided tours through the town centre which has an interesting history and some fascinating architecture and monuments including Henry Bell and the famous steamship Comet. John Logie Baird, inventor of television was born here.
RIVA 01436 677796 www.rivahelensburgh.co.uk Helensburgh’s new Italian themed restaurant and bar offers a partnership between classic Italian flavours and strong Mediterranean influences matched with carefully crafted cocktails and wonderful Italian wines. Wine Tastings, Aperitivo Nights & Theme Nights.
LA JUPE 01436 268819 La Jupe is one of Helensburgh’s new and exciting venues. A nod to the little backstreet Paris wine bars the vibe in La Jupe is relaxed and friendly with a wine list to envy and food to delight. Try their wonderful range of assiettes matched with one of their superb wines to get a real taste of France.
HELENSBURGH GOLF CLUB 01436 675505 www.helensburghgolfclub.co.uk Fancy golf while visiting Helensburgh? A warm welcome awaits you at Helensburgh GC with a fabulous moorland 18 hole course suitable for all levels. To check availability & to book simply contact Fraser at the pro shop who will be glad to assist.
THE MACKINTOSH CLUB 01436 674375 www.mackintosh.club Designed in 1894 by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, his first complete commission, Mackintosh Club at 40 Sinclair Street, is Helensburgh’s Creative Hub for Architecture, Art, Design and Music. A Gallery and Arts Venue that celebrate the’ Glasgow Four’ with both permanent and visiting exhibitions. Pop Up Events, Music and Art Workshops.
SCOTTISH SUBMARINE MUSEUM 01436 645006 www.scottishsubmarine. com The Scottish Submarine Centre pays tribute to the Royal Navy’s submarine service with a Cold War mini submarine, historical displays and images. Opening times listed as Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm.
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ROWAN GALLERY 01436 670721 www.rowangallery.com The Rowan Gallery is located on the western end of Helensburgh’s sea front and features regular exhibitions and work from some of Scotland’s finest contemporary artists including Alison Cowan and Gordon Wilson. The gallery is a warm and welcoming space where you can take time to browse with helpful and knowledgeable advice on hand should you require it. The gallery is the perfect place to find a truly unique gift and the owners will arrange shipping to all destinations.
ANNAYAS 01436 – 670001 Multi award wiining Indian cuisine with a wide and varied menu to suit all tastes including a daily Specials Menu specialising in authentic regional favourites of the chef. Annayas has been raved about since opening in Helensburgh and has won numerous awards including Restaurant of the Year (South West) at the Scottish Curry Awards. A must visit for all the family.
08444 932208 www.nts.org.uk Since it was built, Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s 1904 domestic masterpiece the Hill House in Helensburgh has been absorbing the rain, putting the building and its unique interiors at risk. To protect the Hill House, The National Trust for Scotland has embarked on a pioneering conservation programme. The first stage has seen the construction of the Hill House Box, a protective steel frame wrapped in the world’s largest chainmail structure, to protect the house from the rain. The semi-permanent enclosure will provide shelter to The Hill House, letting it dry out allowing further conservation work. As well as protecting the building from the weather, the ‘Box’ will give visitors the chance to get a new perspective on the Hill House from elevated walkways looping around the building, and see conservation work in action.
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TWEEDIE 07904 111397 www.tweedieshop.com Tweedie presents a collection of unique tweed and leather gifts and accessories, created by a small group of design led British brands, handpicked for the Tweedie shop in Helensburgh. The shop features the most comprehensive offering from the award-winning Leather Guild Design Studio, also based in Helensburgh. Visit Tweedie for unique gifts & accessories made from rare Islay tweed and leather
CATTLE & CREEL 01436 269278 Sumptious seafood and prime aged steaks is what makes cattle & Creel such a hit! This seafood and steak restaurant offers incredible locally sourced food and fine wines. The open plan cooking area offers diners a real theatrical experience.
HELENSBURGH OUTDOOR MUSEUM Helensburgh’s Colquhoun Square is host to the award winning Outdoor Museum which takes advantage of the fact that over one hundred granite bollards have been placed around the Square. So far around 15 plinths now have artefacts or artworks on them Those on display to date are a very diverse collection and include a puppet’s head used by John Logie Baird in his first television experiments, the ship’s bell from Henry Bell’s paddle steamer “Comet”, miniature shoes and butter pats (for shaping butter). The plinths have been engraved with both a description of the items and QR codes.
ANNE OF LOUDOUNVILLE JEWELLERS 01436 671575 www.anneofloudounville.com Anne of Loudounville Jewellers situated in Colquhoun Square offers an eclectic range of fine gold and silver jewellery. Stunning collections from leading Scottish designers Sheila Fleet and Ortak are showcased beside exceptional diamonds, carefully selected precious coloured stones, engagement and wedding rings, pearls and more. Moorcroft pottery is a speciality too. Anne and Morag look forward to welcoming you to their beautiful boutique store.
SUGAR BOAT 01436 647552 www.sugarboat.co.uk Recently awarded an AA Award as Scotland’s Best Restaurant, this welcoming and highly acclaimed bistro, bar and café on Colquhoun Sq in the heart of Helensburgh serves breakfast and morning coofee from 9am each morning, continuing with lunch, afternoon cream teas and a seasonally inspired a la carte menu in the evening. The bar offers an extensive selection of Scottish gins and whiskies as well as local craft beers.
LA BARCA 01436 268518 www.labarcahelensburgh.co.uk Multiple award winning restuarant, La Barca is a beautiful, authentic Spanish Tapas restaurant serving a wide variety of freshly prepared dishes made using the finest local produce.
EDEN CHILDREN’S CLOTHING 01436 67701 www.edenhelensburgh.com Eden is a delightful space full of beautiful outfits and gifts for the little people in your life. Specialising in ethical, organic and Fairtrade garments, Eden stocks great names such as Kite, Lanka Kade, Little Green Radicals, Rachel Ellen Designs and more. There is a lovely selection of children’s gifts, perfect for birthdays and parties!
Main Menu PADRONE PIZZA
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01436 – 674252 Padrone combines freshly prepared artisan pizza with a state-of-the-art real wood fired pizza oven that produces the best pizza this side of Milan. Choose from a wide range of fresh, local ingredients or classic favourites or combine with a homemade pasta dish.
01436 677500 www.the-toyshop.co.uk The Toy Shop is a magical, traditional toy store with something for everyone! It’s located at the west end of the seafront only a short walk from the town centre. It’s packed with beautiful toys, gifts and games for all ages and perfect for last minute birthday party presents too! It’s online too, so you can order everything for delivery straight to your door.
SUGAR BOAT KITCHEN SHOP
01436 647522 www.sugarboat.co.uk Located within the outstanding Sugar Boat bistro the shop let’s you browse and choose beautiful items for your home or gifts for friends from a selection of famous kitchenware brands. Take some time to visit and browse. Everything you want but nothing you need!
01436 670806 www.grasshoppertoys.co.uk This delightful toy shop was voted one of the top 10 toy shops in Britain and was the only Scottish shop listed. A joy for all generations there is something for everyone in this fascinating emporium packed with playthings.
ARGYLL SEA GLASS Cove, Argyll, www.argyllseaglass.co.uk Argyll Sea Glass is a wonderful online store specialising in rescuing mermaid tears and transforming them into beautiful handmade sea glass jewellery at a price for everyone to enjoy. Scroll through unique and bespoke pieces to find your own little part of Argyll for you or your loved ones to enjoy forever!
MASALA TWIST 01436 676665 www.masalatwist.co.uk Sumptuous Indian cuisine with a mixture of both classic Indian dishes and others using the best local produce such as venison and haggis. A popular restaurant serving great food in warm, friendly surroundings.
Three Lochs Way
Top 10 Highlights
Stoneymollan Road, a delightful ancient route linking Balloch and Cardross
The stunning view over Loch Lomond when you cross the Highland Boundary Fault at Goukhill Muir.
Helensburgh’s beautiful tree lined streets, especially colourful in Spring and Autumn.
Charles Rennie Macintosh’s elegant domestic architectural masterpiece, “The Hill House”.
Peaceful Glen Fruin (but not in 1603 when 300 MacGregors routed a much larger force of Colquhouns in a major clan battle at the head of the glen).
6 Great views north of Garelochhead over
Loch Long to the knobbly skyline of ‘Argyll’s Bowling Green’ and the ‘Arrochar Alps’.
The craggy ‘Cobbler’, the area’s finest mountain and a must climb ‘Corbet’.
Delightful Glen Loin Woodlands, Site of Special Scientific Interest and home to red squirrels.
9 The impressive Sloy hydro electricity
installations, built at the end of WWII with help from German POWs.
10 A traverse of the fine Munro, Ben Vorlich,
from Loch Sloy over to Ardlui makes a great way to top off your Three Lochs Way experience.
Three Lochs Way
The Three Lochs Way ...
he Three Lochs Way is one of Scotland’s “Great Trails” which means that it is properly waymarked throughout and navigational information is readily available.
are gradually replaced by the scenic drama of mountain, crag and loch as the route crosses the Highland Boundary Fault and heads towards the mountains of the Southern Highlands.
Rarely rising above 250 metres, the route’s 55 kilometres (34 miles) can easily be walked in three to four days and with the West Highland railway line never far away, it also offers plenty of options for shorter day walks. Total ascent is approximately 1,500 metres.
Loch Lomond, the Gareloch and Loch Long are recurrent scenic backdrops along a route which charts a fascinating journey through place and time linking a necklace of coastal communities strung along the Clyde Sea Lochs fringe of Scotland’s first national park.
As the Three Lochs Way heads north and west from its starting point in Balloch, gentle landscapes
An illustrated guidebook packed with informatio n can be purchased on the Three Lochs Way website at www.threelochsway.co.u k/
Rhu ... Main Menu YOU & SEA 01436 820238 www.youandsea.com The RYA Marine Training Centre in the West of Scotland is based at Rhu Marina. Based in the safe and naturally beautiful environment of the Gareloch, they cater to the needs of beginners and also offer challenges to those with more advanced knowledge.
ROSSLEA HALL HOTEL
01436 820238 www.quaymarinas.com Rhu Marina is found as you enter the village of Rhu. It is a great place to photograph Rhu Bay and there are many facilities that you can enjoy which include a well stocked chandlery with some unique gift ideas and Café Rhu.
01436 439955 www.rossleahallhotel.co.uk Located in the heart of picturesque Rhu next to the beach overlooking The Gareloch, the Rosslea is a small but intimate boutique hotel offering quality accommodation with a friendly welcome. There is a well stocked bar and restaurant to cater for your every need.
CAFE RHU 01436 821179 Cafe Rhu is a small cosy cafe situated in Rhu Marina which is open to all. With only 20 covers the cafe offers a very friendly personal service entirely homemade food from fresh soup daily to scrumptious apple pie. They are well known for their fish and chips.
THE ARDENCAPLE HOTEL 01436 820200 www.johnbarras.com The recently refurbished Ardencaple Hotel offers great value pub food and a well stocked bar within easy reach of both Rhu and Helensburgh. Accommodation is also offered. Open all year.
01436 821048 Rhu Inn is a traditional Scottish inn (circa 1648), set on the shores of the Gareloch offering log fires, fine ales, live Scottish music. The Rhu Inn offers bed and breakfast accommodation and is located in the centre of the village.
GLENARN GARDEN 01436 820493 Glenarn is a private garden, largely created and made famous for its collection of species rhododendrons by the Gibson family. This garden was established in the 1920s and 30s, overlaid on the original Victorian layout, with some remaining trees and rhododendrons from the 19th century. Glenarn is celebrating 75 years of opening for Scotland’s Gardens this year - it first opened to the public in 1939 and has been open every year apart from a couple of years when the current owners took over in the ‘80s. During the war years, tea was served but visitors were asked to bring their own sugar!
Playing a round ...
F golf is your game then there's no better place to test your skills than on one or more of the fantastic golf courses in and around the Helensburgh area. There are a variety of excellent courses ranging in difficulty many of them of championship quality. One thing that is constant, however, is the warm welcome that awaits you wherever you choose to play. Check out our selection of courses below and call in advance to arrange your round. Most will be able to arrange club hire as well as after round dining and drnks. There are also numerous less challenging nine hole courses in the area, ask your accommodation provider to recommend one close to where you are staying. And once you have enjoyed the local courses not so far away you will find Golf at the Carrick and the Vale of Leven and Dumbarton Golf Clubs.
CARDROSS GOLF CLUB 01389 841754 www.cardross.com Located close to Helensburgh and Loch Lomond this course boasts generous undulating fairways and large delicious trees are features of of this golf course and it tends to play longer than the yardage suggests. Cardross has played host to many championships including the Scottish professional championship in 1992. The club has a welcoming clubhouse, excellent catering and a well stocked pro shop.
HELENSBURGH GOLF CLUB 01436 675505 www.helensburghgolfclub.co.uk Ideally situated above Helensburgh with fantastic views over the Clyde this fabulous moorland 18 hole course is suitable for all levels. Only a short distance from the centre of town and nearby Loch Lomond Shores a warm welcome waits all visiting golfers with excellent facilities, dining and able pro shop staff.
Gareloch head & Peninsula
Garelochhead and the Rosneath Peninsula ... Main Menu ROSNEATH CASTLE PARK
COVE BURGH HALL
01436 831208 www.rosneathcastle.co.uk Rosneath Castle Park is the perfect destination for soaking up the beautiful scenery of Argyll and Scotland’s west coast. Located on the banks of The Gareloch, and with Long Loch and Loch Lomond close by, there is a whole host of watery activities on offer including cruises, sailing and sea fishing as well as Royal Yachting Association sailing courses in July and August. There is plenty for the little ones to enjoy, including a large adventure playground, zip lines and indoor soft play area. For tasty pub grub and a cosy evening atmosphere head to the Castle Isle bar and restaurant.
The Burgh Hall was the brainchild of Charles Cayzer, owner of the Clan shipping line who had a summer home in Cove, and who, as Provost, initiated its building in 1891. It was designed by Glasgow architect James Chalmers. In 2001 it was taken over by the community and has been run by a team of volunteers ever since. The community War Memorial in the form of a Celtic Cross is opposite the hall.
THREE LOCHS HOSTEL 01436 810307 www.threelochshostel.co.uk The Hostel is based in The Centre 81 Community Centre and can accommodate up to 45 persons with dormitory style accommodation. Tea, coffee and toast making facilities provided. Sheets and kitchen facilities for self catering incuded but please bring your own towels. All Centre 81 facilities are available during normal opening times.
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PEATON HILL COMMUNITY NATURE RESERVE An upgraded footpath with boardwalks in the Peaton Hill Community Nature Reserve. All you need to do is follow the path around and it will bring you back in a circle.
ISABELLA CAMPBELL MEMORIAL On the hillside near the head of the Gareloch is a small sandstone monument near the B833. Along a signposted track created by Ghurkas in 1992, and located next to a picnic table, it is inscribed only: “Here Isabella Campbell was wont to pray”. Isabella and her sister Mary lived in Fernicarry House. Isabella was believed by many to be a saint and Mary considered herself a prophet.
PORTKIL BATTERY One time home of two guns and searchlights, part of the “Defence of Commercial Ports” completed in 1904 and used for training in World War 1. Much of the battery still remains and has been incorprated into houses. During WW2 it became part of US Navy Base 2 which also had a hospital along Fort Road.
ROSNEATH NAVAL BASE MEMORIAL On September 10, 2000, the United Kingdom State Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Rosneath Anvil Trust dedicated the memorial to the American and British forces who served or trained at Rosneath during the years 1941-45. The memorial is on land donated by the Rosneath Castle Caravan Park.
COVE PARK An artists’ residency centre supporting the development of new work by national and international artists, groups and organisations working in all art forms.,Open days and exhibitions.
ROSNEATH ENCHANTED GLEN Created during lockdown by a team of volunteers the Rosneath FairyGlen has seen the transformation of a derelict piece of land from a rough footpath through a small glen into a charming walk full of fairies, a unicorn, a pixie village, a very large and ferocious dragon and even featuring a dinosaur swamp! The glen was opened in July and dedicated to the NHS employees who had done so much during the pandemic. The glen is open year round and there is no entry charge. Look out for seasonal events.
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ardross is one of Helensburgh and Lomond’s hidden gems. Not immediatly obvious as a fruitful stopping place Cardross actually offers great value for time spent with a wealth of wonderful history and options for sport and great dining thrown in. Included in the package are the wonderful old parish church ruined by a stray bomb during the Clydebank Blitz, the once magnificent brutalist St Peter’s Seminary and the wonderful medieval St Mahew’s Chapel which is still in use. On a less ecclesiastical note there is the beautifully situated Carman Trout Fishery, Cardross Golf Club, the National Trust for Scotland’s Geilston Gardens and the quaint Geilston Hall which is now thought to be an early C R Mackintosh design.
01389 849187 email@example.com Geilston is celebrated for its landscaping,. The walled garden dates from 1797 and there is a 40m herbaceous border as well as wilder territory by the Geilston Burn. Produce from the vegetable is on sale and children love the adventure playground and floral mini-maze.
CARDROSS GOLF CLUB 01389 841754 www.cardross.com Cardross Golf Club was founded in 1895. Generous undulating fairways and large trees are features of the course and it tends to play much longer than the yardage suggests. A welcoming clubhouse, excellent catering, a wellstocked shop make this one of the best inland parkland golf courses in the West of Scotland.
01389 849188 www.ardardan.co.uk The Montgomery Family & Team invite you to enjoy Ardardan. Set in a Restored Walled Garden on the banks of the River Clyde enjoy everything Ardardan Estate has to offer. With a treasure trove of foodie goodies, homemade Tearoom Treats and Garden Nursery to inspire we hope you enjoy the Ardardan Farm experience. Eat.Shop.Walk. Simply … Enjoy!
MONTY’S FARM PARK Ardardan Estate, 01389 849188 www.linktr.ee/ardardan A fun family farm attraction right next to Ardardan Estate. Lots of great family experiences with outdoor activities! All sessions need to be booked in advance. Lots to do including fun bouncy activities and meeting the animals too.
01389 841358 www.cardrossinn.co.uk A lovely family friendly local pub with newly refurbished rooms, The Cardoss Inn offers accommodation, fine food, real ale, free wi fi regular entertainment and is great for reaching Loch Lomond and Glasgow, with many visitor attractions nearby.
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VERLOOKING the River Clyde, the towns of Dumbarton and Clydebank were both noted for their shipbuilding – a story told at the Denny Ship Model Experiment Tank in Dumbarton. Dumbarton’s shipbuilding heritage includes the building of the famous clipper ‘Cutty Sark’. Dumbarton Castle on its fortified rock has long guarded the Clyde approaches. A ruined chapel in the grounds of Levengrove Park boasts the final resting place of part of the remains of Robert the Bruce whose home was once nearby and the town also lays claim to the bard Robert Burns who was made Freeman of the Burgh.
SCOTKART 0141 6410222 www.scotkart.co.uk Scotkart offer a full range of indoor karting on an awesome racetrack with full marshalling and racetrack conditions. A great family fun activity and certain to be a huge hit if the rain comes on. Open all year. From age 8+
AUCHENTOSHAN DISTILLERY 01389 878561 www.auchentoshan.com See the magic behind the making of this unique lowland malt. The aromas and flavour of Auchentoshan are created using a triple distillation process not seen in any other Scottish distillery. Open all year.
MASALA TWIST INDIAN RESTAURANT 01389 496021 www.masalatwist.co.uk Fine Indian dining available throughout the day. Situated prominently on the A82 at Milton, Masala Twist’s new addition makes a perfect stop en route to the Loch Lomond area. Open for lunch, diner and take away, the restaurant offers authentic Indian dishes prepared using the finest seasonal produce.
DENNY SHIP MODEL EXPERIMENTAL TANK MUSEUM 01389 763444 www.scottishmaritimemuseum. org Part of The Scottish Maritime Museum, the Denny Tank is a four star visitor attraction showcasing Sir William Denny’s world famous ship design and builder’s facility. It was the world’s first commercial test tank. Open daily.
DUMBARTON CASTLE 01389 732167 www.historic-scotland.gov.uk Impressively situated on a volcanic rock overlooking the Firth of Clyde, the castle ramparts offer stunning views as far as Ben Lomond. The castle is open all year.
CLYDEBANK MUSEUM & ART GALLERY New permanent exhibitions concentrating on Clydebank’s proud industrial heritage have been created alongside new high specification temporary galleries, for exciting touring exhibitions as well as housing the Council’s permanent exhibition of fine art. Part of the permanent exhibition includes the large model ships at the entrance and the Singer Sewing Machine collection which was awarded the ‘Recognised Collection of National Significance’ by Museums Galleries Scotland in 2013.
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LOCH LOMOND BIRD OF PREY CENTRE 01389 729239 www.llbopc.co.uk For a unique experience visit the Loch Lomond Bird of Prey Centre. Learn about the individual birds and stand six feet from a Golden Eagle! Watch the birds training or flying and learn about conservation.
SWEENEY’S CRUISES MARKET DAYS Market Day is on the first and third Sunday of each month, and alongside the superb products there are a range of great entertainment. Come along for a free family day out.
SEALIFE AQUARIUM 01389 721500 www.visitsealife.com Dive in and be wowed by the strange, beautiful and fascinating creatures of the deep as you journey through the amazing underwater world.
LOCH LOMOND LEISURE
Have been qoperating on Loch Lomond, at Luss Rowardennan and Loch lomond Shores, since 2001 and they offer activities for all ages and every occasion including: Luxury Speedboat Tours, Boat Hire and Boat Charter, Watersports, TREE ZONE AERIAL ADVENTURE Outdoor Activities, Stag Parties, Hen Parties, COURSE Corporate Entertainment, Special Occasion Packages, Wedding Boats and Kids Parties as www.treezone.co.uk well as Speedboat Tours, Pedal Boat & Rowing High in the trees at Loch Lomond Shores, Boat hire, Waterski, Wakeboard, Wake Surf, TreeZone is the ultimate Aerial Adventure Kneeboard, Ringo & Banana Boat, Kayak, Stand Course ... Zip wires, balance beams, hanging Up Paddleboarding, SUP, Canoe & Katakanu. platforms, tight-ropes, scramble nets, white Their bike hire service offers Adult, Children, knuckle bridges and gap jumps are set Toddler, Child Seat, Tow-Attachment, and Trailer. among ancient Caledonian Pines. This is an unforgettable high ropes activity for adults, kids, Due to Covid all activites have to be pre-booked at www.lochlomond-scotland.com groups, families or for a corporate event.
01389 752376 : www.sweeneyscruiseco.co.uk Enjoy a short scenic cruise departing from the dock in front of the main mall. Cruises operate daily throughout the Summer period. Find out more by checking the Sweeney’s website for full details of these all all their other Loch Lomond departures.
SHOPPING MALL STORES No trip to Loch Lomond shores is complete without a walk through The Mall to browse the offers and limited edition products available from boutique shops and big brand designer names. From independent stores selling designer jewellery and watches, handmade gifs, candles to shoes, outdoor clothing, equipment and sportswear, there’s something for everybody regardless of your budget! Stores now open include: Frasers, Sports Direct, Catherine Kinloch by Pavers, Hawkshead, Loch Lomond News, Keep Sakes, Lachlan on the Shores, Leading Labels and Loch Lomond Jewellers. Full details on all stores at www.lochlomondshores.com
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We invite you to rediscover Loch Lomond. To reflect, reconnect and rewaken your senses within our iconic landscapes, welcoming accommodation, cosy bars and restaurants – all easily accessable but a world away from your day-to-day life. Enjoy time away by yourself, with family or with friends – whatever is good for your soul.
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ICONIC LOCH LOMOND is known for its breathtaking beauty and incredible nature and is perfectly situated for easy access from all over Scotland. Add The Trossachs and Clyde Sea Lochs and we offer a diverse, unique and hugely accessible area of Scotland just waiting to be discovered or, rediscovered! With much of the area covered by The Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, it’s the ideal place to relax, restore and revive your soul after the difficulties that we’ve all experienced in recent times. Whether your happy place is relaxing in luxury, watching the sun rise on top of a hill after a strenuous hike, shopping designer brands and local crafts or lounging in a hot tub with friends and a bottle of wine, we’re all you want us to be. Accommodation ranges from economic self-catering to stunning suites at newly refurbished Cameron House. Sample delicious local cuisine or enjoy a tasting menu at award
winning restaurants – you decide. For families, there’s lots to entertain the kids – from outdoor activities to Loch Lomond SEA LIFE for rainy days – all of which will make sure you have family fun and make memories.
recapture your spirit Make memories and enjoy adventures
IN YOUR ELEMENT 0333 600 6008 www.iye.scot/ In Your Element has been offering amazing outdoor activity experiences across Scotland since 2004. They offer a huge range of outdoor activities near Inverness & Loch Ness, Aviemore, Loch Lomond and Loch Tay, as well as many other places in Scotland. They have amazing outdoor experiences suitable for families, stag & hen groups, corporate groups, fundraisers, international visitors touring Scotland and event organisers. In addition to their fun activities they offer a comprehensive canoe hire service for locations across Scotland.
TREE ZONE AERIAL ADVENTURE COURSE LOCH LOMOND LEISURE
0333 577 0715 www.lochlomond-scotland.com Have been operating on Loch Lomond, at Luss, Rowardennan and Loch Lomond Shores, since 2001 and they offer activities for all ages and every occasion including: Luxury Speedboat Tours, Boat Hire and Boat Charter, Watersports, Outdoor Activities, Stag Parties, Hen Parties, Corporate Entertainment, Special Occasion Packages, Wedding Boats and Kids Parties as well as Speedboat Tours, Pedal Boat & Rowing Boat hire, Waterski, Wakeboard, Wake Surf, Kneeboard, Ringo & Banana Boat, Kayak, Stand Up Paddleboarding, SUP, Canoe & Katakanu. Their bike hire service offers Adult, Children, Toddler, Child Seat, TowAttachment, and Trailer. Due to Covid all activites have to be pre-booked. at
www.iye.scot/treezone-loch-lomond High in the trees at Loch Lomond Shores, TreeZone is the ultimate Aerial Adventure Course ... Zip wires, balance beams, hanging platforms, tight-ropes, scramble nets, white knuckle bridges and gap jumps are set among ancient Caledonian Pines. This is an unforgettable high ropes activity for adults, kids, groups, families or for a corporate event.
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01436 648595 www.4x4adventures-scotland.com Discover the world-famous Loch Lomond landscape as you experience driving iconic Land Rover Defenders, or sit back and enjoy a wonderful tour of the area as your Adventure Guide does the driving. The default start and finish point for our Loch Lomond 4x4 Adventures is Luss,. Their charismatic kilted adventure guides are all very entertaining characters, who will ensure that you have a fantastic off road experience and learn all about the history of the area and get a real feel for what it’s like to live and work in this part of Scotland.
CRUISE LOCH LOMOND 01301 702356 www.cruiselochlomond.co.uk Cruise Loch Lomond offers a range of cruises and ferry crossings from its departure points in Tarbet and Luss and provides visitors with the chance to explore Loch Lomond and its amazing scenery. Commentary and onboard snacks make the experience all the more enjoyable. Visit their website to find out more about their cruises and sailing dates and times and book online.
01389 752376 www.sweeneyscruiseco.com Sweeney’s Cruises operate a range of cruises from Balloch which will take you on a loch adventure, discovering the lochs islands, its history, wildlife and much more. Cruise timetables vary during the year so visit their website for details of cruises, availability and to book online.
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013899 310777 www.cameronhouse.co.uk The Cameron Club at Cameron House Resort includes its stunning Spa, the Carrick Golf Course and clubhouse. The Spa is located at the Cameron Club, approximately three miles north of Cameron House. Residents of Cameron House can make use of a shuttle service, which is bookable via Guest Services. Amongst the delights on offer are hydro & thermal experiences, spa treatments and spa days. Pure relaxation and regeneration. Cameron House’s leisure facilities, including pool, fitness studios, steam room, sauna and state of the art gym as well as the newly opened sports bar, The Tavern, an all-day dining restaurant and bar. Cameron House is also home to its own marina and a range of watersports as well as outdoor activities.
Make your heart sing doing the things you love with those you love – from shopping to enjoying the great outdoors
BUCHANAN CASTLE GOLF CLUB 01369 660330 www.buchanancastlegolfclub.co.uk Visitors are welcome at Buchanan Castle Golf club, a special tranquil place providing an almost tangible tonic to the system. It is one of Scotland’s hidden golfing spendours nestling in the foothills of the Scottish Highlands, close to Loch Lomond and the picturesque village of Drymen – only half an hour from Glasgow or Stirling.
PORTNELLAN FARM SPEEDBOAT TOURS
Gartocharn G83 8NL 01389 830487 www.portnellanfarm.co.uk Often described as the highlight of a trip to Loch Lomond, a luxury speedboat tour is the perfect way to discover the loch. Combine travelling at speed over open water with cruising slowly through the many islands with and enjoy breath-taking Scottish scenery in every direction.
INCHBAGGERS ISLAND SWIMS 07917 432900 www.inchbaggers.com Wild swimming has become increasingly popular and Inchbaggers helps visitors and locals alike to enjoy swimming safely in beautiful Loch Lomond, whether it’s a beginners introduction or for those at an advanced level. A truly magical experience which is available all year round, experience the tranquillity and beauty of Loch Lomond at its best.
For those whose happy place is shopping, there are lots of great shops throughout the towns and villages where you can enjoy browsing through great Scottish products and local artisan crafts you can take home as a memory of your visit.
LOCH LOMOND SHORES www.lochlomondshores.com One place that has everything under one roof is Loch Lomond Shores located on the banks of Loch Lomond in Balloch. It not only features a whole host of stores but also is home to woodland walks, beaches, watersports, SEA LIFE and amazing views over the loch towards Ben Lomond – making it the perfect place to combine shopping and a great day out. Whether you love designer brands, Scottish tweeds and knitwear, shoes,
fine Scottish whisky, sportswear, beauty products, homeware, jewellery, health foods, gifts, or even need a holiday hair trim and colour and beauty treatment - look no further than Loch Lomond Shores. You can also take a shopping break with cafes that offer everything from afternoon teas to delicious hot meals. Loch Lomond Shores also plays host to food and drink festivals in spring and autumn and also welcomes a colourful outdoor market on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month.
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With peaceful forests, picturesque viewpoints, lochs, castles, pretty villages and bustling towns, there’s lots to see and do depending on your mood and what makes a great short-break for you. There is an amazing network of cycle paths, walking trails and forest walks all offering you the opportunity to explore and enjoy nature at your own pace with fantastic views at each turn.
RSPB - LOCH LOMOND
High Wards Farm, Gartocharn, G83 8SB 01389 830670 www.rspb.org.uk This reserve is set in a stunning mix of woodlands and wetlands on the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond. Breathtaking views and a diverse mix of habitats provide an excellent opportunity to view a variety of wildlife including ospreys in the summer and skeins of geese in the winter
SEA LIFE LOCH LOMOND
01389 721500 www.visitsealife.com There is so much to see at SEA LIFE Loch Lomond! Dive in and you’ll discover: Interactive Rockpool Experience - Have you ever wanted to stroke a starfish or feel the shell of a crab? Now’s your chance because at our rocking Rockpools you can appreciate all of this! Over 1500 creatures - Take a fascinating journey from the shores of Loch Lomond to the depths of the world’s oceans in 7 themed zones Tropical Ocean Tunnel - Journey through the Tropical Ocean Tunnel, where you can come face-to-fin with Blacktip sharks, rays and other critters of the seas. Otterly amazing - Meet our troublesome Otter trio, Lily Pickle and Cub, up close - watch out, they are cheeky! Asian Short Clawed Otters are the smallest of all species of Otter. And so much more.
WALK WILD SCOTLAND
01360 870476 www.walkwildscotlan.com Walk Wild Scotland is a Scottish walking tour company specialising in walking holidays and cultural tours throughout the Scottish Highlands & Islands. Engaged in sustainable tourism, their small group tours offer a personal experience of Scotland’s wild nature and landscapes where you can feel safe in the hands of our qualified tour guides. The company started in 2003 as ‘Walk Wild Loch Lomond’ providing walking day trips in the new National Park. Quickly demand took the business to the rest of Scotland. They also offer tours in German.
restore your soul THE LODGE FOREST VISITOR CENTRE
www.historic-scotland.gov.uk Doune Castle is a medieval stronghold near the village of Doune, in the Stirling district of central Scotland. Recent research has shown that Doune Castle was originally built in the thirteenth century, then probably damaged in the Scottish Wars of Independence,before being rebuilt in its present form in the late 14th century by Robert Stewart, Duke of Albany (c. 1340–1420), the son of King Robert II of Scots, and Regent of Scotland from 1388 until his death. The castle stars in scenes from Outlander, Game of Thrones and Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
01389 732167 www.historic-scotland.gov.uk Visit a stronghold that stood at the heart of an ancient kingdom covering the area known as Strathclyde. Set high upon a volcanic rock in the Firth of Clyde, the castle was a royal refuge. With a recorded history going back 1500 years, the castle has a fascinating and long history to tell visitors who can enjoy stunning views from the White Tower Crag, take in the artillery fortifications and visit the Governor’s House. The castle is open all year round.
0300 067 6615 www.forestryandland.gov.scot The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre and Café is open seven days a week, 10am to 4pm. With trails suitable for all, tree top adventures, a great café, toilets and plenty of information, this should be your first stop when it comes to exploring Queen Elizabeth Forest Park. Enjoy panoramic views and scenic trails, from a gentle stroll to a waterfall past a monument commemorating the Women’s Timber Corps, better known as the Lumberjills, to more strenuous routes through lofty woods and rocky crags.
Use this map & guide to get the best out of your visit to Loch Lomond & Clyde Sea Lochs. Continue the journey and find more ideas and information at www.lovelochlomond.com
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Savour the unique and stunning flavours of Scotland and indulge your tastebuds with award-winning delights
THE BOAT HOUSE AT CAMERON HOUSE
01389 755568 www.cameronhouse.co.uk The Boat House is a New England style restaurant situated next to Cameron House Marina. The Boat House features an extensive menu with particular emphasis on locally sourced meat and seafood. Nonresidents are welcome.
Dumgoyne G63 9LB 01360 550254 www.glengoyne.com Glengoyne is a Highland Distillery on Glasgow’s doorstep. It’s whisky is distilled more slowly than any other malt whisky to create a complex, fruity, award-winning spirit of which they are rightly proud. They never rush anything at Glengoyne and neither should their visitors! Visit them to meet their team, have a dram, shop, create your very own unique Glengoyne single malt but above all else, take your time and relax.
The Old Smiddy, 9 Lower Castlehill 01786 596 496 www.stirlingdistillery.com Distilled, bottled and labelled in the shadow of the Castle, Stirling Gin is produced by Stirling’s first legal distillery on the castle rock. Known for their unique London Dry gin made with foraged Stirlingshire nettles, their gins range from the classic to the eclectic, celebrating local history and folklore. A small family-run distillery creating hand crafted spirits in the historic ‘Old Smiddy’ building, they offer daily gin and whisky tastings, distillery tours and a weekly gin school.
reawaken your senses LODGE ON LOCH LOMOND
01436 860201 www.loch-lomond.co.uk The Lodge On Loch Lomond is a unique destination located on the beachfront enjoying THE CLUBHOUSE AT magnificent views over the loch. The hotel’s facilties CAMERON make it an excellent choice for HOUSE escaping theCarrick buzz ofGolf the city and Loch soaking up The Course. Lomond the relaxing atmosphere 01389 722596 that being beside the loch provides. Guests can enjoy a wide range www.cameronhouse.co.uk of activities provided by expert localre-opened partners Relax in the stunning newly and youClubhouse will find Colquhoun’s restaurant theCarrick at Cameron, next to The perfect way round Luxurious off your day. Golf to Course. yet relaxed, The Clubhouse is open to non members and is a haven for good food, welcoming surroundings and friendly service.
THE OAK TREE INN
01360 – 870357 www.theoaktreeinn.co.uk Standing in the shade of a 500 year-old oak tree, this unique country inn in Balmaha offers a perfect location for those wishing to simply escape. Family owned, The Oak Tree is a great base from which to explore the stunning countryside or take a boat trip on the loch. Cosy rooms and great food and drink, including their own ales and ciders, smoked produce & ice cream complete a perfect visit.
Cameron House Leisure Club 01389 310777 www.cameronhouse.co.uk The new Tavern bar is located in the Cameron Leisure Club, home to hearty cuisine and a well-stocked bar. The perfect place to relax with friends and family alike. Take a seat for breakfast, lunch or dinner and watch as the action of the best sporting events unfold on our big screens, with the great loch as your backdrop. Open daily from 11am – 11pm. Food served from 12pm – 8pm
INN ON LOCH LOMOND
01436 860678 www.innonlochlomond.co.uk Located on the A82 just three miles north of Luss village, The Inn first opened in 1814 and has retained its tradional charm ever since. The new Inn is a stylish, contemporary hotel that offers modern accommodation, stylish public spaces, a fantastic restaurant and bar with natural furnishings and a roaring real fire! Dining is relaxed with Mr C’s Fish & Whisky Bar and Restaurant offering a wide selection of seafood, burgers and steaks and amazing fish & chips!
ST MOCHA COFFEE SHOP AND ICE CREAM PARLOUR
THE STATION COFFEE SHOP
www.lochlomondcoffee.co.uk A lovely warm, welcoming speciality coffee shop in Balmaha where you will find their own home roasted small batch coffee as well as a range of loose leaf tea and baking including a range of gluten free products. A full selection of homemade Loch Lomond luxury ice cream is also always available to tempt you! St Mocha coffee shop and ice cream parlour is certainly something special to enjoy during your visit.
The Station, Main Street, Aberfoyle. 01877 389105 www.lochlomondcoffee.co.uk The Station is a vibrant cafe serving an excellent choice of freshly prepared food ranging from wholesome soups and sandwiches to hot snacks, including a wide range of vegan and gluten free options, straight from the kitchen ovens. Also tempting your taste buds is a delightful selection of sweet treats together with wonderful locally roasted Loch Lomond Coffee from the owners own roastery based in Balmaha.
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Cameron House Leisure Club 01389 310777 www.cameronhouse.co.uk The Cameron Grill restaurant is at the heart of the hotel with wonderful views across Loch Lomond. The setting is intimate, elegant and welcoming, keeping in style with the décor throughout Cameron House. In the evening, a soft relaxing atmosphere is created to enhance the pleasure of your culinary experience. From wholesome natural dishes to the very best of modern cooking, our chef aims to create a divine gastronomic experience for all foodies.
Cameron House Resort 01389 310777 www.cameronhouse.co.uk Tamburrini & Wishart offers a contemporary and innovative dining experience with seasonal produce at its heart. Guests can look forward to a five-course tasting menu that will change every two weeks, and a three-course lunch menu embracing modern techniques while celebrating classical flavours. Each menu will be exquisitely paired with wine chosen by the Resort Sommelier.
relax in comfort From luxury resorts to cosy caravans and cottages, find the perfect place to relax and unwind for you INN ON LOCH LOMOND
01436 860678 www.innonlochlomond.co.uk Located on the A82 just three miles north of Luss village, The Inn first opened in 1814 and has retained its traditional charm ever since. The Inn is a stylish, contemporary hotel that offers modern accommodation, stylish public spaces, a fantastic restaurant and bar with natural furnishings and a roaring real fire! Dining is relaxed with Mr C’s Fish & Whisky Bar and Restaurant offering a wide selection of seafood, burgers, steaks and amazing fish & chips!
CAMERON HOUSE RESORT
01389 310777 www.cameronhouse.co.uk The Cameron House Resort offers epic Scottish landscapes, a 24-mile long freshwater loch and undeniably 5-star facilities. Be a guest at Cameron House Hotel and discover the beautifully restored bedrooms and suites. Explore the enticing choice of restaurants and bars; discover wonderful adventures and curated experiences; captivate your clients and colleagues with this mesmerising setting or welcome your wedding guests to Scotland’s most exclusive ceremony and reception setting, immerse yourself in the extraordinary destination spa or make the most of the championship golf course with most beautiful water hazard in the world. Or you can relax in the luxury Cameron Lodges.
LOMOND WOODS HOLIDAY PARK
01250 878123 www.woodleisure.co.uk Ideally located within walking distance of Loch Lomond, Lomond Woods Holiday Park is a special place for you to spend your holiday. Their stunning Signature Lodges with hot tubs provide luxurious accommodation for those seeking something indulgent while their range of luxury lodges, caravan holiday homes, and glamping pods provide options to suit all budgets and styles.
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LODGE ON LOCH LOMOND
01436 860201 www.loch-lomond.co.uk The Lodge On Loch Lomond is a unique destination located on the beachfront enjoying magnificent views over the loch. The hotel’s facilties make it an excellent choice for escaping the buzz of the city and soaking up the relaxing atmosphere that being beside the loch provides. Guests can enjoy a wide range of activities provided by expert local partners and you will find Colquhoun’s restaurant the perfect way to round off your day.
LOCH LOMOND WATERFRONT
Main Road, Balmaha 01360 870144 www.loch-lomondwaterfront.co.uk Loch Lomond Waterfront, offers luxury self-catering accommodation on the banks of Loch Lomond. Their 5-star holiday lodges each have their own private hot tub, steam cabin, en suite bedrooms, fully-equipped kitchen and breath-taking views! And their luxury lodges are surrounded by exclusive grounds and bounded by nature reserves. On the shores, you will find some of the best fishing on Loch Lomond. They also have a private beach, which is ideal for sailing, boating, swimming, and all kinds of water sports.
EAST CAMBUSMOON HOLIDAY COTTAGES
Gartocharn 07905 093997 www.lochlomondholidaycottage.com East Cambusmoon Farm is located in the heart of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. We are superbly well placed to explore this wonderfully scenic area. Our two self-catering cottages, the two-bedroom Old Dairy and four-bedroom Curlew Cottage, have brought new life to old buildings. Available to rent separately or together, sustainable design and use of natural materials ensure year-round comfort with a light carbon footprint whilst retaining the exterior character of these former farm buildings.
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Gartocharn G83 8NL 01389 830487 www.portnellanfarm.co.uk Hidden away on the secluded south shore of Loch Lomond, Portnellan is first and foremost a family farm producing quality organic beef. The unique location and stunning views of Loch Lomond have enabled the farm to diversify over the past decade and the family are delighted to be able to share their beautiful lochside setting with guests staying in The Old Farmhouse and Glamping tent. They also provide boat moorings for rent in Portnellan Bay and offer a range of exciting outdoor activities including Speedboat Tours, Farm Tours, Kayak Hire, and Stand-Up Paddleboard Hire.
KNOCKDERRY COUNTRY HOUSE APPLETREE COTTAGE Shandon Farm, Croftamie 07375 321868 www.lomondappletree.co.uk Appletree Cottage is a cosy, bright, newly built cottage on a quiet back road in Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. The cottage has four en-suite bedrooms and biomass heating throughout. The spacious open-plan living area has underfloor heating and large picture windows offer stunning views south, across open countryside. Situated on a small apple farm, Appletree is perfectly located for walking, golf, hiking, cycling, fishing, boating, riding, wildlife spotting and the local village pub.
01389 850688 www.lochlomondlodge.co.uk Auchenheglish Lodges comprises of eight luxury waterfront cottages situated directly on the “Bonnie Banks” of Loch Lomond seven beautiful apartments in the B Listed building “Lomond Castle” five with beautiful loch views, also five properties located within 12 acres of grounds on the exclusive Arden estate. Further up the loch side at Arrochar we have 2 properties as you enter into the lovely village of Arrochar “Wee Callanish and Callanish House”. A short distance from Shore House at Tarbet one of our properties with stunning loch views.
01436 842283 www.knockderryhouse.co.uk Situated on the banks of Loch Long, we invite you to stay at Knockderry House Hotel where a warm Scottish country house welcome, comfortable rooms, extraordinary service, charming decor, and delicious culinary experiences await. With multiple awards for hospitality and food, we offer a relaxing environment from which to explore the stunning area near Loch Lomond.
CALLENDAR WOODS HOLIDAY PARK 01250 878123 www.woodleisure.co.uk Located in Perthshire, in the popular tourist town of Callander, the holiday park is right at the Eastern Approach to the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. The park is also on the Rob Roy Way and the Birds of Prey Trail, as well as being close to the famous Bracklinn Falls and the stunning Loch Katrine. With a variety of outdoor pursuits on your doorstep and within walking distance of shops, restaurants, and bars in Callander, you’ll never be short of things to do! Accommodation Our self-catering accommodation range includes our Deluxe Junior Lodges with private hot tubs, or enjoy a relaxing vacation in our 2 & 3 bedroom, fully-furnished caravan holiday homes, providing modern, spacious accommodation for families and couples. For those seeking a luxurious camping experience, our family camping pods ensure the ultimate ‘Glamping’ experience in any weather, or why not treat yourself to a stay in our new luxury ensuite glamping pod.
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STUCKGOWAN ESTATE 0131 556 4020 www.stuckgowanestates.com Whether you are celebrating a birthday or anniversary, looking for a perfect holiday location for families and friends, or simply looking for the perfect place to explore Scotland we have a range of properties to suit your needs. We look forward to welcoming you and making your stay better than you can ever imagine. We offer two stunning properties on Loch Lomond for you to choose from: Stuckgowan with 9 luxury bedrooms and 6 bathrooms Stuckdarach with 6 luxury bedrooms and 5 bathrooms
LOCH LOMOND HOLIDAY PARK 01301 704224 www.argyllholidays.com With exclusive lodges positioned right on the water, Loch Lomond Holiday Park makes the perfect escape from everyday life. Relax in a premium waterside hot tub lodge, unwind in a fabulous glamping pod or get cosy in a traditional log cabin with sauna. For a luxurious Scottish staycation, Loch Lomond is the perfect destination, whether you prefer a relaxing retreat or an active holiday making the most of the watersports right on your doorstep.
We invite you to take time to reflect, reconnect and reawaken your senses within our iconic landscapes, welcoming accommodation and cosy bars and restaurants – all easily accessible but a world away from everyday life
he world famous West Highland Line with its quaint Swiss chalet stations was voted the World’s Best Railway Journey by readers of the Wanderlust travel magazine ... and not without reason.
The World’s best train journey
The route from Glasgow to Mallaig and Fortwilliam snakes its way through stunning countryside and across breathtaking ravines spanned by stunning concrete structures which were record breaking and revolutionary when they were built. Borrodale Burn bridge became the world’s longest concrete span at 127 feet, and Glenfinnan Viaduct was a huge structure in concrete at 416 yards long with 21 arches. This historic route combines the romance of the Scottish Highlands with the breathtaking beauty of the rural countryside and adds a little bit of Harry Potter magic along the way. This is one train journey you will never forget whether you travel on newly-refurbished, regular ScotRail trains or the Jacobite Steam Train
Glasgow to Crianlarich
rom Glasgow Queen Street station the train travels uphill towards the Kilpatrick hills, providing impressive views of the Erskine Bridge and down the Clyde Estuary towards the Firth of Clyde. Pass through the small villages and towns on the Clyde – such as Bowling, Dumbarton (with its celebrated castle), Cardross (where Robert the Bruce lived) and Garelochhead – you will be treated to your first glimpse of the ‘Arrochar Alps’. At Garelochhead station you get stunning panoramic views of the Gare Loch, with Loch Long just starting to come into view. The jetty below is Finnart deep-water terminal, built by the US Navy during the Second World
War. Tankers discharge their oil here to be pumped by pipeline to Grangemouth, 60 miles away to the east.
& Tarbet station, the world-renowned bonnie, bonnie banks of Loch Lomond appear on the right.
Approaching Arrochar, look left for great views of the celebrated ‘Arrochar Alps’, including such craggy peaks as the Beinn Narnain, Beinn Ime and the well-loved Cobbler. Shortly after departing Arrochar
Across the loch, dominated by the towering presence of Ben Lomond, this area was once home to Rob Roy MacGregor, legendary warrior, robber and folk hero. He used to question captives in a nearby cave – and wasn’t averse to dipping them in the loch to extract information! Enjoy the magnificent scenery surrounding Loch Lomond before arriving in Crianlarich. Here the train line divides, with the western route turning towards Oban, and the north continuing up to Fort William and Mallaig.
West Highland Line
The West Highland Line ...
West Highland Line
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Crianlarich to Fort William/ Mallaig
ust beyond Upper Tyndrum, the northbound fork of the West Highland Line navigates the massive sentinels of Beinn Odhar and Beinn Dorain in the unique Horseshoe Curve. Next stop is Bridge of Orchy - well known to walkers and climbers alike as a landmark hamlet on the West Highland Way – where nearby you’ll find the ruin of Achallader Castle. Passing Loch Tulla on the left, the line starts to cross the wild Rannoch Moor, a vast wilderness, where the railway ‘floats’ on top of the moor on a mattress of tree roots, brushwood, earth and ashes. Arriving at Corrour, you are now 1350 feet above sea level - the highest mainline station in the UK. The station is one of the most remote in Britain (the nearest road is 10 miles away) and is also famous for appearing in the hit film ‘Trainspotting’ (and the sequel) starring Ewan McGregor. After passing through Tulloch and shortly before arriving in Roy Bridge, look out for the foaming waters of Monessie Gorge on the left. Once you have passed through Spean Bridge, just before the train pulls into Fort William, the massive bulk of the Nevis Range comes into full view. At just over 4,400ft, Ben Nevis is not only
Britain’s highest mountain but covers a huge land spectacular silver sands of Morar, made famous in the 1983 film ‘Local Hero’ starring Burt Lancaster area with a base circumference of 24 miles. From Fort William you’ll soon be heading off on and Peter Capaldi. You’ll also cross Scotland’s shortest river, which runs out of our deepest loch the final section of the Line, en route to Mallaig. - Loch Morar. Almost as soon as your journey begins the line As you approach Mallaig take in the breathcrosses part of the Caledonian Canal, Britain’s longest inland waterway, which links Fort William taking jagged peaks of Skye. with Inverness. To the right is Neptune’s Staircase, a series of eight canal locks. The curve of the 100ft-high he Oban line passes through Tyndrum Lower and takes Glenfinnan Viaduct sweeps you through beautiful Glen Lochy to Dalmally; and just you past the head of Loch beyond stands the ruin of Kilchurn Castle, ancient stronghold Shiel and the monument of Clan Campbell. to Bonnie Prince Charlie, Around the head of Loch Awe is the Pass of Brander, which marking where he landed skirts the towering bulk of Ben Cruachan – the Hollow Mountain and unfurled his standard – which conceals a fascinating secret; the mountain caverns in 1745 to start the Jacobite house an innovative hydro power scheme inside. To the left is the Rebellion. River Awe, setting for Sir Walter Scott’s romance ‘The Highland After passing through the Widow’. beautiful lochs and hills Nearing Oban now and approaching Connel Ferry, you can see surrounding Lochailort and the Falls of Lora, a tidal race at the narrow entrance to Loch Etive. Beasdale, you arrive in Arisaig This natural occurrence, caused by a fast-moving tide, produces – a popular tourist spot with white rapids that can last for up to five days. due to its spectacular views Your final stop on this section of the Line, Oban, is a popular over Loch Nan Ceall where tourist destination, well-known for its many seafood restaurants. you can see the islands of Rum and Eigg. Less than 10 minutes later you’ll see the
Crianlarich to Oban
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Escape to the country with Highland Explorer
cotRail is opening up some of Scotland’s most beautiful areas to tourists, cycling fans, outdoor pursuits enthusiasts and local commuters with its new ScotRail Highland Explorer service.
But, working with Transport Scotland, cycling groups and outdoor specialists, the design team at ScotRail came up with an innovative solution to accommodate up to 20 cycles and bulky sports gear.
Three carriages, which are a first of their kind for the UK rail network, will operate along the world famous and iconic West Highland Line from Glasgow to Oban, from Monday, 19 July, allowing customers to escape to the country.
The redesigned carriage boasts space for ordinary bikes, a limited number of tandem cycles and an e-bike charging socket – unique on a train in the UK.
There were complex challenges to overcome, such as the lack of space on public transport for carrying large sporting equipment.
The carriages had a full interior and exterior refresh including installation of free WiFi, at seat power points and USB sockets, and a refurbished toilet.
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The West Highland Line was chosen for the initial launch because of the access it provides to the rest of Scotland. Starting in Glasgow, the line takes passengers through Loch Lomond and The Trossachs to Oban. From here they can travel to majestic western isles such as Barra, Islay and Tiree. Customers must book their cycle’s space to guarantee its place on board. To support physical distancing the train operator will adopt the same approach as the rest of their network allowing customers to choose their seat once on board.
The Arrochar Alps
The Arrochar Alps ... (Arrochar, Tarbet and Ardgarten)
ith an abundance of natural beauty, outdoor activities, fresh water and sea lochs as well as the famous Arrochar Alps Mountain Range yet only 45 minutes from Glasgow airport, it is easy to see why this part of Argyll is fast becoming a real destination.
Boasting five Munros, eight Corbetts, eight Glens and six Lochs, and being in the Lomond and Trussachs National Park, it has become a must for anyone wanting to immerse themselves in the beauty and wilds of the Scottish Highlands. Cycle paths, hiking, climbing, camping, diving, wild swimming, water sports, sailing and mooring access, shops, accommodations, from Award Winning four star Gold to camping, restaurants, fresh local food, drink (newly launched Arrochar Alps Gin, area ales) and music, history and heritage, yet still unspoiled! With great train and bus links, boat and bike hire, (even a sleeper train from London direct to Arrochar and Tarbet station and direct bus from Glasgow airport) accessibility has never been easier. Destination Arrochar Alps. Come, eat, sleep, breathe, explore.
It is a well-equipped village with places to stay, to eat, food and drink outlets, various shops, a petrol station and newsagents. Gateway to the Argyll Forest Park, Arrochar is the natural base for numerous easy to medium grade, as well as more demanding, walks. The Arrochar Alps include four Munros (mountains over 3,000 ft), as well as the famous Cobbler, ideal for the more adventurous hill walker.
VILLAGE INN 01301 702279 www.villageinnarrochar.co.uk A traditional Scottish pub with welcoming accommodation set right on the shores of Loch Long and very close to Loch Lomond itself. The restaurant serves freshly prepared, seasonal produce in a warm and cosy atmosphere.
SLANJ 01301 702172 Facebook Slanj, in a beautiful converted church on the road between Arrochar and tarbet, is a family-run and owned restaurant & bar. From home-made steak pie and burgers to fresh Argyll mussels and full Scottish breakfast, food at Slanj (home of Arrochar Alps Gin) is all cooked to order. There is a lively bar offering lots of Argyll whiskies, gins, ales and live traditional music and they also offer an extensive take away menu and free overnight parking for campervans and motorhomes. TARBET is a very popular stop on the West Highland Railway line for walkers, climbers and cyclists. Day trippers can relax down near the pier where there is a large picnic area and visitor centre. Cruise Loch Lomond’s numerous cruises depart regularly from here throughout the year and a seasonal Visit Scotland information centre is situated within easy reach of the village. Down by the pier you can enjoy hot drinks and snacks along with spectacular views of the loch from Café Lochan
ARROCHAR ALPS GIN Arrochar Alps Gin. is a dry gin infused with Botanicals from the local area including Wild Mint and Scots Pine. Serve as a G&T over ice and a slice of Lemon. Perfect after a long day exploring the Arrochar Alps
CRUISE LOCH LOMOND 01301 702356 cruiselochlomond.co.uk CLL provide a full year round schedule of cruises and ferry crossings sailing from Tarbet and Inveruglass. Experience the serenity of the Northern end of the loch from one of the company’s comfortable craft and be amazed by the scenery all around you!
The Arrochar Alps
THE picturesque highland village of Arrochar is nestled in the shadow of the Cobbler, beneath the peaks of the Arrochar Alps, at the head of Loch Long.
The Arrochar Alps
Arrochar & Tarbet Paths TARBET LOOP & CRUACH TAIRBEIRT
Woodland walk with panoramic detour Follow this sheltered walk through mixed woodland and conifers. Keep an eye open for both red and grey squirrels, as well as the elusive pine marten. Park by the restaurant and follow the path under the railway at Arrochar and Tarbet station, turning right as you emerge at the T-junction. After climbing steeply and crossing a burn, watch for a marker post for the detour to the summit of Cruach Tairbeirt (415m). If you choose this detour, follow the path to the summit, offering spectacular views of Loch Lomond and Loch Long, as well as the dam at Loch Sloy, then return the same way to rejoin the circular path. Continue around the loop, with glimpses of the loch through the trees.
TARBET ISLE LOOP
THE HIDDEN HERITAGE TRAIL Arrochar to Tarbet Circular
A circular walk between Arrochar and Tarbet follows in the footsteps of Vikings who, in 1263, dragged their boats across the isthmus of land from Loch Long to raid settlements on Loch Lomond. For further information download the Hidden Heritage Trail leaflet or app from: www.hiddenheritage.org.uk The trail can be accessed at several points along its route, including Arrochar and Tarbet station. Start by the café at Arrochar’s Three Villages Hall and follow the Hidden Heritage and Three Lochs Way markers south along the lochside, then up the hill behind the church. Pass under the railway line then turn left. After about a mile, look out for the Hidden Heritage information panel, then shortly turn left to cross the A82 opposite Ballyhennan Crescent Access the forest path by the station, heading west to enjoy stunning views of the famous Arrochar Alps, before turning left to descend back into Arrochar.
Forest walk with mountain and loch views
ARDGARTAN RIVERSIDE TRAILS
This short circular walk through mixed woodland starts just north of Tarbet. Take care along the busy A82 if you walk from Tarbet, or park at the start of the walk opposite Tarbet Isle, known locally as ‘Honeymoon Isle’ because newlyweds were reputedly sent here. If they were still on good terms by the end of the week, it was deemed a sign that the marriage would last! The loop can be walked in either direction. Heading clockwise, the path climbs to the left before dipping down into the trees and continuing through deciduous woodland look out for the colourful jays, especially in the autumn when the acorns are ripe! The walk circles back, passing a local café and car park.
These gentle paths wind their way through mixed woodland along the River Croe and the shore of Loch Long. The Forestry Commission marks two trails, Cat Craig and Peninsula Circuit both starting at the small car park at Ardgartan, beside the carved wooden eagle. Looking up, you can see the south peak of The Cobbler. Look out for red squirrels in the trees, and bobbing dippers fishing for insects in the river, and you may even be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of an elusive otter near the shore. In addition to these pleasant walks, Ardgartan provides a base for accessing many other walks towards Lochgoilhead and the Rest-and-be-Thankful.
Riverside and Boathouse Trails
ARROCHAR TO HONEYMOON BRIDGE
Arrochar to Ardgartan above Loch Long Park at the head of Loch Long and climb the path marked by a carved wooden fox. Turn left at the T-junction, with views over Arrochar and Loch Long, and across to Ben Lomond. Continue to a fork in the path, then either head left to Ardgartan or right to Honeymoon Bridge. The latter path contours around the hillside, ending in a small parking area beside the road, while the left path descends gradually and emerges from the trees above Ardgartan. Take care crossing the busy A83, then follow the path by the river to the car park and picnic area. You can extend this walk by following the trails in Route 9. This is a one-way walk, but both Arrochar and Ardgartan are on bus routes.
SUCCOTH TO COIREGROGAIN CIRCULAR Glen and forest walk with spectacular scenery Follow Route 5 until you meet the tarmacked road to Loch Sloy. Turn left for about 0.5 km, then take the track left over a bridge into Coiregrogain. Ignoring a rough track to Ben Vane on the right, continue west below the dramatic peaks of Ben Vane, Ben Ime, Ben Narnain, and A’Chrois, finally descending and crossing the burn, just before a small dam. Take care after heavy rain or snow melt! The track heads back down the opposite side of Glen Loin, with views of Ben Lomond and down Loch Long to the Clyde. As the track passes above the houses at Succoth, either turn sharp left to descend to the glen, turning right out of the trees and following the road through Succoth to the head of Loch Long, or continue and turn left down the ‘zig-zag’ path to the A83 and the ‘Cobbler’ car park.
Climb Ben Arthur The iconic peak of Ben Arthur (884 m), better known as The Cobbler because of its distinctive outline, dominates the view from Arrochar. Although a popular climb, the terrain is steep and difficult, and the weather notoriously changeable - proper clothing and footwear are essential. Only a brief description is provided here, and you should use the appropriate OS map to plan your route. Park at the head of Loch Long (small charge), cross the road, and climb the path marked by a carved wooden fox. Turn left at the T-junction, then shortly right, soon following a stream. Ignore a path to the right and continue to the famous Narnain Boulders. Keep right at the next fork to reach a small lochan, then left to ascend stone steps to the ridge. Of the three peaks of The Cobbler, the central peak is the highest, but some scrambling and a head for heights are needed to scale the rock pinnacle!
SUCCOTH TO INVERUGLAS VIA LOCH SLOY Glen Loin
Starting from the car park at the head of Loch Long (small charge) follow the track to the right of the River Loin and then the sign for the ‘Stronafyne Loop Walk’. Turn left up the glen, with spectacular views of Loch Long to the south. At the head of the glen, cross the wooden bridge over Inveruglas Water by the ruined settlement of Coiregrogain. Turn right on the tarmac road to descend to Inveruglas on Loch Lomond (approx 2 miles/ 3.2 km); or turn left for a detour to the Sloy Dam and reservoir, built for the hydroelectric scheme in the mid-1940s and still in use today. This is a one-way walk, but parking and buses are available at Loch Long and Inveruglas.
TARBET TO INVERBEG VIA FIRKIN The Old Road
A pretty one-way walk along a quiet disused road hugging the shore of Loch Lomond, past pebbled beaches with spectacular views across the water to iconic Ben Lomond. Keep an eye out for ospreys! Starting by Tarbet Pier, this walk follows the A82 pavement for about a mile (1.6 km), but soon cuts down to the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond along a now-disused road. Arrive at Firkin Point with picnic benches and a great skimmingstone beach. The walk ends at Inverbeg caravan site. This is a one-way walk, but there are bus stops and parking at either end.
The Arrochar Alps
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CITY SIGHTSEEING BUS TOUR George Square. G1 3BJ T. 0141 204 4400 www.citysightseeingglasgow.co.uk Open top bus tours. The perfect way to see Glasgow. Tickets valid for two days. Hop on Hop off as often as you like with live or translated commentary available.
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GALLERY OF MODERN ART Royal Exchange Square. G1 3AH T. 0141 287 3050 www.glasgowlife.org.uk Glasgow is famous for the artists who have worked and studied here. GoMA collects and highlights the interests, influences and working methods artists from around the world share with those from Glasgow
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THE TALL SHIP 100 Pointhouse Place. G3 8RS T. 0141 357 3699 www.thetallship.com Glenlee – the only Clydebuilt windjammer still afloat in the UK. Fully restored to her former glory, a visit will take you back in time to experience life in the days of sail on the high seas.
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PEOPLE’S PALACE & WINTER GARDENS Glasgow Green. G40 1AT 0141 276 0788 www.glasgowlife.org.uk The People’s Palace is Glasgow’s social history museum charting the story of the people & city of Glasgow from 1750 to present day. Enjoy historic artefacts telling this fabulous story.
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THE LIGHTHOUSE 11 Mitchell Lane G1 3NU 0141 276 5360 www.the lighthouse.co.uk Scotland’s centre for design and architecture houses permanent exhibitions including Foundation, a unique history of Glasgow, as well as design exhibition and The Lighthouse Shop.
Pacific Quay. G51 1EA. 0141 420 5000 www.glasgowsciencecentre.org Experience hundreds of fun hands on science exhibits, shows and challenges in an amazing building right on the banks of the River Clyde with fantastic views over the city skyline
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KELVINGROVE ART GALLERY & MUSEUM
Argyle Street. G3 8AG 0141 276 9500 www.glasgowlife.org.uk Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum is one 7 ST VINCENT PL of Scotland’s most popular free attractions. BUCHANAN ST It has 22 themed, state-of-the-art galleries MACKINTOSH AT THE WILLOW displaying an astonishing 8000 objects. The collections are extensive, wide ranging and 217 Sauchiehall Street. G2 3EX T. 0141 332 7696 www.willowtearoomstrust.org internationally significant. 16 KELVINGROVE KELVIN HALL Miss Cranston’s original Willow Tea Rooms were designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh GLASGOW CATHEDRAL in 1903. This iconic building together with Castle Street. G4 the famous tea rooms have been fully 0141 552 8198 restored and are open to the public again. www.glasgowcathedral.org.uk BUCHANAN ST The present Cathedral building was 19 GLASGOW SCHOOL OF ART consecrated in 1197. Since that same period the Cathedral has never been unroofed and THE HAMPDEN EXPERIENCE it has been a working church for more than Hanpden Park. G42 9BA 800 years. The cathedral has a regular and 0141 616 6139 active congregation and very visitor to the www.scottishfootballmuseum.org.uk city should make a visit. See more than 2500 exhibits in 14 galleries, BUCHANAN ST walk among footballing legengs in the hall of 2 GLASGOW CATHEDRAL fame, and take the Stadium Tour.
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THE RIVERSIDE MUSEUM OF TRANSPORT
100 Pointhouse Place. G3 8RS T. 0141 287 2720 www.glasgowlife.org.uk A vast collection of Glasgow’s transport heritage assembled under one roof showcases the city’s important contribution to transportation through ship building, locomotive construction and car making.
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ST. MUNGO MUSEUM 2 Castle Street. G4 0RH 0141 276 1625 www.glasgowmuseums.com The award-winning St Mungo Museum, named after Glasgow’s patron saint, is home to inspiring displays of artefacts and stunning works of art exploring the importance of religion around the world.
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Glasgow 100 Stobcross Road, Glasgow, G3 8QQ T. 0141 212 1401 www.theclydeside.com Glasgow’s stills are flowing once again at The Clydeside Distillery. Discover how our craftsmen handcraft our whisky the timehonoured way. Experience the stunning views down the River Clyde from our picturesque Still House. See the fascinating history come to life on our Tours and learn about the heyday of Glasgow’s Queen’s Dock. Unwind in our sumptuous Clydeside Café with platters and whisky flights. Browse our selection of rare and regional malts in our Whisky Shop.
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G4 9XP T. 07415 787260 www.glasgowwakepark.com Come and try your hand at wakeboarding on the canal! Based at Pinkston Watersports, we offer a system 2.0 wakeboard park which allows the wakeboarder to ride continuously, turning at each end of the canal basin. To challenge you we have four obstacles in the water for trying out varying levels of tricks. Whether you are trying wakeboarding for the first time or are perfecting your latest trick we offer the ideal environment in an urban location. We are open from March to October.
Bellahouston Park, Dumbreck Road, G41 5BW T. 0141 483 1600 www.houseforanartlover.co.uk Designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, House for an Art Lover provides an excellent cultural attraction and tourist destination, while also being one of the city’s finest wedding and events venues. The House is home to the popular Art Lovers Café, Gallery and Shop, and within the grounds you will also find the Studio Pavilion and Heritage Centre as well as a beautiful Walled Garden. The Art Lover’s Café is open 10am until 4pm every day with morning bites from 10am, Lunch from noon and Afternoon Tea from 2pm.
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G4 9XE www.theloadingbayglasgow.com The Loading Bay is the latest addition to Glasgow’s new alternative urban sports playground. The impressive facility spans 30,000ft and incorporates a street plaza, 60ft long bowl, movable modular ramps and a training room with gymnastics flooring, trampolines, foam pits and a café.
G4 9XP T. 0141 332 5636 www.pinkston.co.uk Pinkston Watersports is a unique paddlesports centre with Scotland’s only artificial whitewater course. Come and visit us to take part in rafting, kayaking, canoeing or stand up paddleboarding. We welcome groups for corporate events, birthdays, community activities, stag and hen parties. You will find all these incredible pursuits in our urban setting.
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GLASGOW ICENTRE, VISIT SCOTLAND 156a/158 Buchanan Street, G1 2LL 0141 566 4083 www.visitscotland.com/info/ services/glasgow-icentre At the VisitScotland iHub you can make bookings for accommodation across Scotland, and journeys on Citylink buses or Calmac ferries. Visitors can also purchase tickets for the local sightseeing bus and trips to different destinations in Scotland, as well as various local and national attractions and events.
21 Bath Street G2 1HW 0141 333 1356 www.maiagifts.co.uk Maia Gifts are specialists in Unique and Quirky Gift Ideas! They have gifts for just about every occasion and since opening in 2009 have become one of Glasgow’s favourite stores. Maia Gifts was awarded Best Independent Retailer in Glasgow. Trading ethically they do not stock animal products.
The Glasgow Subway is an underground rapid transit line in Glasgow, Scotland. Opened on 14 December 1896, it is the third-oldest underground system in the world after the London Underground and the Budapest Metro. It is also one of the very few railways in the world with a track running gauge of 4ft (1,219 mm). Formerly a cable railway, the Subway was later electrified, but its twin circular lines were never expanded.
CITY CHAMBERS George Square. G2 1DU 0141 287 2000 www.glasgow.gov.uk Glasgow City Chambers is one of the most important and prestigious buildings in the city. It is an impressive symbol of Glasgow’s political strength and historical wealth. The interior boasts stunning architecture as well as beautiful ornate staircases and stairs.
SCOTLAND STREET SCHOOL MUSEUM 225 Scotland Street. G5 8QB 0141 287 0500 www.glasgowmuseums.com Scotland Street School is a must-see for fans of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and tells the story of education in Scotland from the late 19th century to the late 20th century.
Great Places to Eat in Glasgow SUGO PASTA
70 Mitchell Street. G1 3LX 0141 258 1650 www.sugopasta.co.uk Sugo Pasta in the heart of Glasgow’s city centre, is a bustling open space restaurant with over 200 seats where diners can watch chefs produce fresh pasta and cook in the open kitchen.
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LA LANTERNA 35 Hope Street G2 6AE : 0141 221 9160 www.lalanterna-glasgow.co.uk For over 40 years La Lanterna has been delighting customers old and new with its rich authentic Italian cuisine. Glasgow’s oldest family run Italian restaurant.
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50 Queen Street. G1 3DS 0141 204 4200 www.ichiban.co.uk Glasgow’s original noodle restaurant serving Japanese dishes freshly prepared. Menu includes rice, noodle, soup dishes, sushi and bento boxes.
44 West George Street. G2 1DH 0141 354 5154 www.waxyoconnors.co.uk Centrally located, with 3 floors, 6 bars and 9 different areas, Waxy’s is unique. Waxy’s is home to live sport shown on big screens and fabulous food served all day.
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81-85 Renfield St. G2 1LP 0141 332 6151 www.theravenglasgow.com The Raven is a vibrant gastropub serving freshly slow smoked food prepared and smoked on the premises. There is a wide menu choice and a fantastic craft beers.
30 Bothwell Street. G2 6NU. 0141 457 7100 www.bavarianbrauhaus.com An authentic German Bierhalle. The ONLY place serving 24 German beers on tap together with a fantastic food menu. An Oompah band on Sats & dj Fri & Sat.
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LA BONNE AUBERGE 161 West Nile Street G1 2RL 0141 352 8310. www.labonneauberge.co.uk At the heart of Glasgow’s Theatreland the city’s original Mediterranean Brasserie continues to thrive and the menus offer excellent value with tantalising cuisine.
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62 Miller Street, G1 1DT T. 0141 248 4165 www.thespiritualistglasgow.com All day contemporary cuisine and Scotland's greatest bar gantry offering an unrivalled selection of spirits, liqueurs, cocktails, wines and craft beers.
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MASALA TWIST Hope Street. G2 3PS 0141 332 6002 www.masalatwistscotland.co.uk Authentic classic Indian cuisine with a Scottish twist. You can also enjoy rabbit or venison curry and pheasant tikka along with better known dishes.
179 Buchanan Street. G1 2JZ 0141 353 8790 www.hardrock.com Hard Rock Glasgow has brought its classic rock themed experience to a welcoming audience. Enjoy classic Hard Rock burgers, cocktails and the amazing rock memorabilia on display.
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See Glasgow by bus the easy way... Glasgow has so much to offer and we know you’ll be keen to see it all. That’s why we make it simple and convenient to get around. We accept contactless payments from UK debit and credit cards on all buses, and you can even buy tickets in advance from the First Bus App. Please note, we are only able to accept exact fares on board our buses, with no change given.
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KELVINGROVE ART GALLERY & MUSEUM
Use services 2, 3, 8, 77, 90 & M4
ST MUNGO MUSEUM
Use services *2, *3, 4/4A, *6, *6A, 8, *77, 90, M4 (*short walk)
GALLERY OF MODERN ART
THE POT STILL
Use services *4/*4A, 6, 6A, *8, *90,* M4 (*short walk)
THE GLASGOW DISTILLERY CO.
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TENNANTS WELLPARK BREWERY
Use services 2, 18, 60/60A, 61, 64, 240, 255 & 263
POLLOCK HOUSE & COUNTY PARK
Use services 3, 34/34A & 57/57A
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Use services 19, 38/A/B/C/E, 57/57A, 41, 90, X3, X11, X85, X90
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Use service 9A
Use services 41 & 90
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Top Attractions Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum Services: 2, 3, 8, 77, 90, M4
Glasgow Cathedral, Provand’s Lordship & St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art
Services: 19, 38/A/B/C/E, 57/57A, 41, 90, X3, X11, X85, X90
The Burrell Collection, Pollok House & Pollok Country Park Services: 3, 34/34A, 57/57A, 59
Glasgow Botanic Gardens& Kibble Palace Services: *4/4A, 6, 6A, 8, 90 (*short walk)
Services: 2, 18, 46, 60/60A, 61, 64, 65, 240, 255, 263
Services: 2, 3, 4/4A, 6, 6A, 8, 77, 90, M4
Services: 19, 38/A/B/C/E, 57/57A, 41, 90, X3, X11, X85, X87
Tennents Wellpark Brewery Services: 41, 90
Ibrox Stadium Services: 9, 9A, 10, 90
Celtic Park Services: 2, 43, 60/60A, 61, 64, 240, 255
Looking for some out-of-town shopping destinations? Silverburn Services: 3, X8, 10, 49, 57
House for an Art Lover & Bellahouston Park Services: 9/9A, 10, 34/34A, 59, 90
Holmwood House/ Linn Park
Services: 4/4A, 6, *75 (*short walk)
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University of Glasgow & Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery
Services: 19, 38/38A, 46, 43, 60/60A
Braehead Shopping Centre & XSite Braehead Services: 9A, 77, 90
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