In & Around Loch Lomond Guide |Jan/Feb 2021

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The Clyde Sea Lochs, Argyll & the Trossachs GUIDE

Jan/Feb 2021

Your complete guide to Loch Lomond , Trossachs AND the Clyde Sea Lochs area

| Balloch | Loch Lomond Shores | Luss | Helensburgh | Clyde Sea Lochs | Rhu | Garelochhead & Rosneath Peninsula | Cardross | | Dumbarton & Clydebank | Ardlui | Arrochar & Tarbet | Balmaha | Aberfoyle | Loch Katrinei | Callander | Dryman | Inveraray | Glasgow |


appy New Year! Welcome to the January issue of the In & Around Loch Lomond Multi Media Guide. Sadly like everywhere else in mainland UK we are having to stay at home and observe strict new Coronavirus restrictions so until that changes we ask that you #DreamNowTravelLater and use our guide to plan and dream about the great things to see & do when once again you are able to come to Loch Lomond. In the meantime there are lots of amazing virtual experiences for you to enjoy from home such as the 2021 Celtic Connections is being held online with an awesome array of international and local musical performances for around the Celtic world.


Check out our feature to find links to booking tickets and finding out more. In other pages you will find video links to tours, experiences and much more so go ahead and get a taster of what you’re missing and start making plans to come visit us soon!

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For now, stay home, stay safe and look after each other! We look forward to being able to welcome you back soon.

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Page Guide ... Balloch Loch Lomond Shores Luss Helensburgh Clyde Sea Lochs Trail Rhu Garelochhead & Rosneath Peninsula Cardross Dumbarton & Clydebank Area Map

Ardlui Arrochar & Tarbet Balmaha Aberfoyle Loch Katrine Callander Drymen Golf Inverary Glasgow

From January 5 Scotland moved into a level 4 with Stay at Home regulations. By law, in a level 4 area, you can leave your home (or garden) only if you have a reasonable excuse to leave your home except for an essential purpose. Although you can leave home for these purposes, you should stay as close to home as possible. Shop on-line or use local shops and services wherever you can. Travel no further than you need to reach to a safe, non-crowded place to exercise in a socially distanced way. To minimise the risk of spread of Coronavirus it is crucial that we all avoid unnecessary travel. For Latest ScotGov Covid19 Guidelines & Restrictions Click HERE

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Balloch ...

... gateway to Loch Lomond


ALLOCH is the gateway to Loch Lomond and the truly stunning beauty that is the area around Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park. Getting here is easy. Balloch is less than forty minutes from Glasgow Airport and has good bus links as well as a regular, half hourly direct train service from Glasgow Queen Street Station.

VISIT SCOTLAND INFORMATION CENTRE 01389 753533 The Old Station Building, Balloch, G83 8LQ. Open all year providing a wide range of local information as well as leaflets, maps and timetables and helpful local knowledge.


Balloch is a thriving, bustling village where you can enjoy a great range of activities. Visit Balloch Country Park, enjoy a loch cruise with frequent departures throughout the day or simply wander into the lovely shops and restaurants along the main street. Take a short walk along to Loch Lomond Shores where you will find shopping, dining and family activities.

THE CARRICK GOLF COURSE Cameron House. Nr. Balloch. 0333 003 8557 The Carrick on Loch Lomond is the 71 par course designed by the acclaimed golf course designer Doug Carrick. This stunning course with dramatic landscape straddling the fault lines between the Scottish Lowlands and Highlands with spectacular views of Ben Lomond and Loch Lomond.

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LOCH LOMOND BIRD OF PREY CENTRE 01389 729239 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 in the aviary and learn about conservation.

AUCHENTULLICH FARM SHOP Arden. G83 8RF 01389 – 850240 Do not drive past Auchentullich Farm shop without stopping to vist! The shop stocks a huge range of locally produced foodie treats as well as their own farm reared beef and home produced milk which tastes the way milk should! Home made ice-cream, shortbread and much much more from local producers. Outside garden seating and freshly made coffee makes this a “must visit” during your stay!

SWEENEY’S CRUISES 01389 752376 : Be amazed at the sights and sounds of Loch Lomond when you take one of the wide and varied selection of cruises offered by this long established family cruise company. The one hour experience cruise continues to run throughout the day during the Autumn & Winter period subject to weather conditions. Sweeney’s other cruise schedules resume fully in the Spring. Please visit the website for full details, including sailing times.

LOCH LOMOND GIFT HOUSE 01389 753437 As well as a warm welcome, the Loch Lomond Gift house also offer a fantastic range of souvenirs, clan gifts, jewellery, glass and gifts for all occasions. There is a Highland department with a range of outfits for hire or to buy.

RSPB NATURE HUB Gartocharn. G83 8SB 01389 830670 The Nature Hub and trails are open daily from 10am to 4pm and staffed at weekends and during school holidays. Opening times vary in Winter. The trails are ideal for families to explore. Peer into the mini-beast mansion, go hunting for butterflies and bees, or crunch through piles of leaves in the colder months. The trails are suitable for push chairs although the gradient varies.

IN YOUR ELEMENT Offer a full range of award-winning, land and water-based outdoor activities and events hroughout the area. Instructor-led activities include: segway safaris, gorge walking, canyoning, canoeing, mountain biking, river sledging, WOW balling, and abseiling.

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Balloch MAID OF THE LOCH Paddle Steamer Maid of the Loch is a fine old ship that is moored at the Pier in Balloch across the lagoon from Loch Lomond Shores. Built in 1953 the vessel is being renovated by a small army of keen volunteers. We’d love to welcome you aboard to see the mighty steam engine, wander the decks with the best views of Loch Lomond, enjoy a tasty snack or lunch and explore the heritage of this unique Clydebuilt Ship. Entry is a modest £3 per adult with kids under 16 going free. Make it a ‘must see’ when you visit Loch Lomond. for special event day details.

THREE LOCHS WAY Linking the towns and villages to the west of Loch Lomond, this “walking gateway to Argyll” is endorsed by Scottish Natural Heritage and is truly “One of Scotland’s Great Trails”. At 55 km long and rarely rising above 250 metres, the route can easily be walked in 3 to 4 days and with the West Highland railway line never far away, it also offers options for shorter day expeditions. All the information you need is at

LOMOND WOODS HOLIDAY PARK 01250 878123 This 5-star holiday park in Balloch is just a short distance from the shores of Loch Lomond and is recognised for its quality and service, including a TripAdvisorHall of Fame & SOLA Best Glamping Award in 2017. Open all year round, our range of accommodation includes luxury lodges, caravan holiday homes, hot tub accommodation, luxury glamping & wooden camping pods,and of course touring & motorhome pitches. New for 2019 will be our luxury En-suite Glamping S-Pod, which sleeps up to 6 (max 4 adults) and If you’re looking to own a holiday home, we have a selection of Caravan & Lodges for sale at all

of our parks.


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THE BOAT HOUSE AT CAMERON HOUSE 01389 755568 The Boat House is a New England style restaurant situated next to Cameron House Marina. The Boat House features an extensive menu with particulat emphasis on locally sourced meat and seafood. Non-residents are welcome.

TREE ZONE AERIAL ADVENTURE COURSE 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.

BALLOCH COUNTRY PARK is a 200-acre public park on the southern tip of Loch Lomond. It features nature trails, guided walks, a walled garden, and picnic lawns with views of the Loch. It was developed in the early 19th century by John Buchanan, a partner in the Glasgow Ship Bank and the gardens were improved by the Dennistoun-Browns, who bought the estate in 1851. Buchanan also built Balloch Castle.


The Carrick Golf Course. Loch Lomond 01389 722596 Relax in the stunning newly re-opened Clubhouse at Cameron, next to The Carrick Golf Course. Luxurious yet relaxed, The Clubhouse is open to non members and is a haven for good food, welcoming surroundings and friendly service.

LOCH LOMOND PONY TREKKING Tullichewan Farm, Balloch. 07745 277320 Loch Lomond Pony Trekking offers leisurely treks through the tranquil countryside onto the more rugged terrain that overlooks the national park and Loch Lomond. Their experienced leaders cater for individuals and small groups of all abilities from complete novices to the more experienced riding safe, lovable and happy ponies.

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What’s On Loch Lomond Shores

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No trip to Loch Lomond Shores is complete without a visit to the Mall to browse the great summer offers and limited edition products available from boutique stores and big brand names. From independent stores selling designer jewellery, handmade gifts and luxury candles to delicious chocolates at Thorntons, there are a great range of products to suit everyone. Full details on all stores can be found at shop

THE GOLD RUSH Looking for something new and exciting to do with your kids? This great new attraction let’s your kids explore the world of Gold Prospecting in a safe and controlled environment. Bring out the adventurer, the explorer and treasure hunter in your little ones and watch their imaginations sparkle with the Loch Lomond Mining Company!

LOCH LOMOND BIRD OF PREY CENTRE 01389 729239 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.

TREE ZONE AERIAL ADVENTURE COURSE High in the trees at Loch Lomond Shores, TreeZone is the ultimate Aerial Adventure Course ... Zip wires, balance beams, hanging platforms, tightropes, 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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LOCH LOMOND EXHIBITION In collaboration with Friends Of Loch Lomond the new Loch Lomond Exhibition showcases and charts the story of this iconic area through a series of images, maps and words. The story takes you from the area’s geological beginnings and acncient clans to the villages around the loch and what they have to offer. So when you are spending time in the area, the Loch Lomond Exhibition can offer you a gateway to Loch Lomond and help to maximise your visit.

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.

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Celtic Connections

This year's festival will take place online for the very first time. Artists joining us this year include:

Celtic Connections 2021, in its digital format, will present concerts using an online platform every night between Friday 15th January - Tuesday 2nd February 2021. op quality performances will be available to view online across the 19 days with some of the biggest names on the Scottish music scene and beyond appearing on screens across the world as part of the festival.

Admiral Fallow / Aidan O'Rourke 365 / Amira Kheir / Bassekou Kouyate & Amy Sacko / Blazin Fiddles / Blue Rose Code / Breabach / Cherish The Ladies / Chris Stout & Catriona McKay / Declan O'Rourke / De Temps Antan / Duncan Chisholm & Scottish Ensemble / Eddi Reader / Edwin Morgan 100th / Elephant Sessions / Fara / Fergus McCreadie Trio / Fiona Hunter / Georgia Cécile / Gnoss / Grosse Isle / Imar / James Grant / José González / Kinnaris Quintet / Kris Drever / Karen Matheson / Kathleen MacInnes / Le Vent Du Nord / Lyre / Mairearad Green / Mànran / Paul McKenna Band / Project Smok / RANT / Rachel Newton / Rhiannon Giddens with Francesco Turrisi / Roaming Roots Revue / Rory Butler / Ross Ainslie / SCO with Karine Polwart & Pekka Kuusisto / Shooglenifty / Sian / Siobhan Miller / Sona Jobarteh / Sorren MacLean & Hannah Fisher / Talisk / The Secret Sisters / Transatlantic Sessions / TRYST / Westward the Light / Xabier Diaz / Zoe Bestel

BOOK NOW Tickets this year can only be purchased at celticconnections.vhx. tv, visit our 'How to Book' page for more information. The festival pass will be available to purchase at an Early Bird price of £30 for a limited time only. After this, the price for a festival pass will increase to £40. Tickets to individual concerts will be available to buy from early January, when the programme schedule is released.


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It has been a challenging but exciting process pulling this year’s digital festival together. I would like to say a huge thank you to all of the musicians who have contributed both at home and abroad, it has been brilliant to see them all get behind the concept and support our vision. We can’t wait to bring all of this great music into people’s homes this January!

Donald Shaw, Creative Producer for Celtic Connections


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LASGOW’S annual folk, roots and world music festival, Celtic Connections celebrates Celtic music and its connections to cultures across the globe. From 15 January – 2 February 2021, due to the ongoing global pandemic, the festival will be delivered digitally for the very first time. Over 100 musicians will be streamed onto screens around the world for 19 days of exclusive concerts, workshops, and free events. Celtic Connections is programmed by Creative Director (and founding member of Celtic supergroup Capercaillie) Donald Shaw, and in previous years has featured more than 300 events across multiple genres of music. The festival is renowned for its strong spirit of collaboration, bringing together one-off lineups for very special one night only collaborative shows. The festival has broadened its reach and in 2012 brought a taste of Celtic Connections to the Isle of Skye as part of the Year of Scotland’s Islands, as well as visiting Chicago as part

of Year of Creative Scotland to programme various musical performances throughout the Ryder Cup, including the Opening and Closing ceremonies along with a number of other hospitality events. In 2014, with the support of Homecoming Scotland, the festival staged a special one-off collaboration in the SSE Hydro, an exciting new large scale venue in Glasgow. This concert was part of the busiest weekend ever for Celtic Connections in which 25,000 music fans attended performances in the space of 48 hours. The festival also programmed a number of outdoor performances for Culture 2014 - the spectacular cultural celebrations surrounding Glasgow 2014. In 2015 the festival won the Art and Culture Award at the Inspiring City Awards ceremony organised by the Herald and Glasgow Chamber of Commerce in association with People Make Glasgow. The awards were created to celebrate the people and organisations that make Glasgow great.


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USS is a picturesque village on the western shores of Loch Lomond. The heart of the village is a quaint street bordered by beautiful cottages running down to Luss Pier, from where boat trips leave in summer. Views from the pier are stunning and to the


Luss ... north are dominated by Ben Lomond. Luss is popular all year round and has some lovely places to relax and sample local dining. The picturesque church St Kessog’s, is included in the international Green Pilgrimage Network, the only Scottish site to make the list.



Luss Village 01436 860420 The Loch Lomond Arms Hotel is an 18th Century inn set in the heart of Luss. The hotel combines history with modern comfort and facilities. There is a cosy restaurant serving seasonal produce, a welcoming bar serving locally brewed ales and now a seafood restaurant

0333 5770715 Based in Luss, Loch Lomond Leisure cater for small or large groups and offer a wide range of boat tours and activity packages to suit all budgets. Activities include boat tours, boat hire, watersports including water ski-ing as well a a range of onshore activities including biking, hiking, camping and fishing. Ideal for families in search of adventure!

THE VILLAGE REST Luss Village 01436 860220 The Village Rest is a lovely cafĂŠ bistro nestling in the heart of Luss Village. Located in tastefully refurbished period cottages, there is a fine selection of freshly prepared Scottish and International food as well as an extensive wine list all day and into the evening.

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LODGE ON LOCH LOMOND 01436 860201 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.


INN ON LOCH LOMOND 01436 860678 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!

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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 ...



ELENSBURGH is approximately 20 miles north west of Glasgow. Sir James Colquhoun designed the town in 1780 and named it after his wife Helen.

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 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.

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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.


THE ARTIST PATISSERIE 71 Sinclair, Helensburgh, G84 8TG. 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.

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.

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01436 675484 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.

01436 675505 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.


01436 674375 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.

01436 677796 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.


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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Places of note 1 The Hill House 12 Golf Course Upper Station 2 13 Victoria Hall 3 Hermitage Park 14 Rugby & Cricket Club Central Station 4 15 Submarine Centre & 5 Henry Bell Monument 15 Tower Cinema 6 John Logie Baird Bust 16 HighGreen Bowling Club 7 Mackintosk Club 17 Colgrain Bowling Club 8 Pier 18 Craignedoran Station 9 Comet Flywheel 19 Kidston Park 10 East King Street Park 20 Helensburgh Sailing Club 11 Swimming Pool and Gym 21 Helensburgh Ibrary 12 Outdoor Museum

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Parking 1 Kidston Park, 62 spaces, FREE 552 spaces, part pay & Display, bottom section FREE, 2 Pier, disabled spaces Sq, 82 spaces, pay & display, two hours FREE, 3 Colquhoun disabled spaces 4 Hermitage Park/Victoria Hall 28 spaces, disabled spaces 5 Central Station, 86 spaces, disabled spaces 6 Maitland St, 32 spaces, disabled spaces, FREE 7 Maitland St, on-street parking, restricted to two hours, FREE office parking, public use available Monday-Friday 8 Council evenings and weekends, FREE

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The Olde Christmas Shoppe Recently named in Scotland’s Favourite Independent Shops list

Temporary opening hours: Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10.30 to 17.30 75 West Clyde Street, Helensburgh, T: 01436 670873 W:

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ROWAN GALLERY 01436 670721 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.


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08444 932208 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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MASALA TWIST 01436 676665 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.

SUGAR BOAT 01436 647552 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.

ANNE OF LOUDOUNVILLE JEWELLERS 01436 671575 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.

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 themselves have been engraved with both a description of the items and QR codes which to scan for more information.


EDEN CHILDREN’S CLOTHING 01436 67701 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!

TWEEDIE 07904 111397 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

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PADRONE PIZZA 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 268518 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.

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.

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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.


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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.

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As the Three Lochs Way heads north and west from its starting point in Balloch, gentle landscapes

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Clyde Sea Lochs Trail To discuss Post-Covid marketing opportunities call Frank Willoughby on 07743 989089 or Email : • Web :


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Clyde Sea Lochs Trail


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● Helensburgh ● Cardross ● Faslane ● Garelochhead ● ● Rosneath Peninsula ● Arrochar ● Luss ●


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RHU MARINA 01436 820238 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.

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.

ROSSLEA HALL HOTEL 01436 439955 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.



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.

01436 820200 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 820238 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.

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!

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Gareloch head & Peninsula

Garelochhead and the Rosneath Peninsula ...

ROSNEATH CASTLE PARK 01436 831208 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.

THREE LOCHS HOSTEL 01436 810307 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.

THE KNOCKDERRY COUNTRY HOUSE 01436 842283 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.


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.

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Cardross ...


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 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.


07745 647156 Carman Trout Fishery is stocked with hard fighting Brown Trout, Blue Trout and Rainbow Trout. Situated in beautiful surroundings and rich with wildlife, including resident Mallard Duck. Geese,Buzzards and Kestrels and even an Osprey can often be seen and in summer evening. All anglers are welcome.


01389 849188 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!

CARDROSS GOLF CLUB 01389 841754 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 841358 A family run friendly pub Coach House Inn, Cardross 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 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+

MASALA TWIST INDIAN RESTAURANT 01389 496021 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

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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.

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01389 878561 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.

01389 732167 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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West Highland Way

West Highland Way ... T he West Highland Way celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. Officially opened on October 6, 1980, the Way is the most established and best-loved of Scotland’s long distance walking routes, attracting a growing number of UK and overseas visitors.

The virtual exhibition will cover the 96 mile route, looking at milestone moments over the last 40 years.

Forty years of memories and stories from Scotland’s most popular long-distance walking route from Milngavie to Fort William are being celebrated in an online anniversary exhibition.

There will be memories from those who walked the route in the early 1980s and adventurers who have tried to beat time and speed records right through to children as young as seven who have walked it this year.

The 40th anniversary owas marked with the launch of this specially created online exhibition as part of a wider project drawing in investment to support the future of the route for years to come. The route is completed by over 40,000 walkers every year and the figure is more than doubled by those that also enjoy walking short sections.

Walkers, runners, cyclists, charity fundraisers and the route’s fans from across the world have contributed their stories.

Inversnaid Falls - by Vlad Turculet

Folk singer Jimmie Macgregor, now in his 90th year and who inspired many people to walk the West Highland Way through his radio and TV programmes, plus spin-off books, during the 1980s and 1990s has given an exclusive interview and provides the welcome to the exhibition.

To celebrate its milestone birthday, the public has been contributing to the content of the exhibition by sending in stories, photos, videos and heart-felt moments from their time spent on Scotland’s most popular long-distance route.

Rob Roy’S Cave - by Lorie K Risner

Milarochy Bay, Loch Lomond - by John Thow


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West Highland Way

Top of the Devil’s Staircase

Black Rock Cottage, Rannoch Moor by Clark Hamilton

North of Crianlarich by Maree Glasson

Sore Feet Statue - Fort William

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Ardlui ...


he hotel at Ardlui was originally built by the Colquhoun family estate in the early 1800s as a hunting lodge, becoming a hotel in 1886 with extensions added before 1905. The very popular and scenic holiday park is next to the hotel. The Ardlui Hotel with its bar, restaurant, loch-side beer garden makes a fabulous place to stay. But if you prefer self-catering the Ardlui holiday park offers lodges with sauna and hot tub and glamping pods. There are plenty of options for enjoying Loch Lomond with speedboat tours, watersports, including SUPs and kayaks, and fishing trips.

Great ideas for a day trip include taking the train to Ardlui from Glasgow, having a spot of lunch in the hotel or dining alfresco on the covered deck with views of the loch before enjoying a speedboat tour of the loch from top to bottom to catch the train back to Glasgow from Balloch. Or you could spend the day in Ardlui learning how to wakeboard, wake-surf or water-ski or take a stand-up paddle board for a few hours to a deserted beach for a picnic.

ARDLUI HOTEL, MARINA & HOLIDAY PARK 01301 704243 The Ardlui Hotel is a small, intimate hotel on the northern banks of Loch Lomond, offering good food served all day using fresh local produce.The Terrace Restaurant, outside heated decking area and beer garden all have fantastic views overlooking the loch.The Lomond Bar with pool table, sky sports and a cosy log burning stove is an alternative if the weather decides to turn a bit chilly!

LOCH LOMOND WAKEBOARD Ardlui Hotel & Marina - 07545 561360 Loch Lomond Wakeboard is Scotland’s first purpose built wakeskate & wakeboard school and will guarantee you the ride of your life. Based on the shores of Loch Lomond next to The Ardlui Hotel this activity is fantastic fun for boarders and skaters of all ages and levels set in simply stunning surroundings.


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ARDLUI MARINA The Ardlui marina is the ideal location from which to explore the real Loch Lomond. With all the facilities you would expect from a premiere marina, there are swinging moorings, floating pontoons, and a well resourced out of water dock facility with travel hoist, slipway and storage.

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Arrochar & Tarbet

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HE 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.

It is a well-equipped village with a pottery and craft gallery, places to eat, various shops, a post office, petrol station, and newsagent. 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.


ARBET 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

CRUISE LOCH LOMOND VILLAGE INN 01301 702279 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.


01301 702356 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!

MANSEFIELD STUDIOS, ARROCHAR 01301 702956 The Contemporary craft gallery showcases the work of independent designers and makers from Scotland: Harris Tweed homeware and gifts, lambswool and Merino accessories, textiles, candles, ceramics, jewellery, prints and other traditional crafts. And don’t miss Campbell Bike Workshop - part maintenance space, part bicycle lifestyle boutique.

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ALMAHA is a pleasant and scenic place to visit. Popular with walkers, boating enthusiasts, and a welcome resting place on the West Highland Way.

The village is a great place for a day trip with the family. There is free parking beside the National Park Visitor Centre. The boatyard hires boats and runs boat trips to nearby island and Balmaha is also home to a micro-brewery and a smokehouse.

TOM WEIR MEMORIAL The bronze statue of popular countryside broadcaster Tom Weir has quickly become a kind of Mecca for walkers from all over the world being visited by thousands annually. The site also now includes new benches and a new mountain garden.

ST MOCHA COFFEE SHOP A lovely warm, welcoming speciality coffee shop where you will find their own home roasted small batch coffee as well as a range of loose leaf tea and a selection of made home 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.

CONIC HILL Conic Hill is a sharp little summit rising above

LOCH LOMOND CHOCOLATE Exclusively made in scotland for The Oak Tree Inn, you can enjoy three magical flavours - Scottish Sea Salt & Caramel, Colombian Milk and Expresso (made with Loch Lomond Coffee roasted beans). Available at The Oak Tree Inn, St. Mocha Coffee Shop and Ice Cream Parlour.


01360 – 870357 Discover a real Scottish welcome at the Oak Tree Inn. Standing in the shade of a 500 year-old oak tree, this unique country inn 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! Check the Oak Tree website and social media for special discounts and deals on rooms.

Balmaha and is easily recognisable on arrival in the village. Situated right on the Highland Boundary Fault, this short hill walk offers fantastic views over Loch Lomond and its islands. Conic Hill has good access with a good path on the ascent, with steps and is an ideal spot from which to get special photographs of Loch Lomond and Balmaha itself.

Balmaha now has a new pontoon, the first on East Loch Lomondside to have disabled facilities.There are now even more cruises and water bus services. Check the Oak Tree website for sailing times.

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BERFOYLE is a small village in one of Scotland’s most beautiful locations at the southern edge of the West Highland Fault, and lying inside the Lomond & Trossachs National Park, with Loch Ard, Loch Chon, Loch Arklet and Loch Lomond all lying to the West, Loch Katrine, Loch Achray and Loch Venacher to the North and the Lake of Menteith, Scotland’s only “lake” lying to the East. The village is ideally located for outdoor pursuits such as walking, watersports, golf, fishing, wildlife watching, history, genealogy and much more. There is a wide range of shops, cafes and restaurants and the village even boasts one of the most scenic golf courses in Scotland, the Aberfoyle Golf Club - a James Braid designed heathland course.

THE SCOTTISH WOOL CENTRE 01877 382850 The Scottish Wool Centre is a 4-star visitor attraction with daily free outdoor animal shows, including the Dog and Duck Show. Enjoy the menagerie of animals including miniature horses, various breeds of hens and sheep and an extensive selection of birds of prey. Inside, there is something for everyone including an extensive Whisky & Food Hall and the Ben Lomond Restaurant.

ABERFOYLE ICENTRE 01877 381221 W: Aberfoyle iCentre is centrally located in Main Street and can offer inspiration and advice to help you make the most of your time in this beautiful part of Scotland.


THE LODGE FOREST VISITOR CENTRE 0300 067 6615 Relax and enjoy the spectacular views, stroll to the waterfall, visit the Red Squirrel Hide or swing through the trees with Go Ape – the choice is yours. There’s also a cafe with panoramic views, a shop full of goodies, clothing and souvenirs, and all the information for exploring the Forest Park.

LOCH ARD BRIDGE From the village take a walk up manse road, take the left fork after about 1/2 mile. This leads onto forest track. Watch for the signs for Fairy Hill after about 1/4 mile. At the top of the hill in amongst the trees you can see prayer ribbons that people still leave.

THE STATION The Station, Main Street, Aberfoyle. 01877 389105 The Station is a new and vibrant cafe serving and excellent choice of freshly prepared in house 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 you taste buds is a delightful selection of sweet treats together with wonderful locally roasted Loch Lomond Coffee from the owners very own roastery based at St.Mocha Coffee Shop in Balmaha. Take some time to relax and enjoy something special (including free wifi) at The Station and remember to take home a souvenir or a bag of fresh coffee as a reminder of your visit.

GO APE 01603 895500 Go Ape and Scotland’s longest zip wire are located at the Lodge Visitor Centre in Aberfoyle. Go Ape is a high wire adventure course in the forest and is great fun for all the family. Starting from outside the Centre you are zipped across the forest to the course 460 metres away!! Not to be missed.

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SS SIR WALTER SCOTT 01877 376315/6 Set sail on the classic steamship Sir Walter Scott which has been cruising the loch for well over 100 years. Slow down and travel at a more gentle pace as the beauty of the loch unfolds before you and hear the tales and legends of the loch as you travel. Enjoy the superb hospitality on board as you cruise.

THE STEAMSHIP CAFE 01877 376315 The Steamship Café is an essential part of your Loch Katrine experience. From the café there are excellent views of Trossachs Pier, there is an outside seating area for warm sunny days. You’ll find a wide range of light and full meals. There is also home baking and a licensed bar.

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HE magnificent landscapes of Loch Katrine have been shaped by nature and immortalised in words by Sir Walter Scott. This is a place where time seems to stand still and where it is easy to relax and unwind. Set off for a cruise on the loch and watch the scenery glide by and join generations of visitors who have enjoyed the same magnificent views. With so many different ways of enjoying Loch Katrine, from carefree cycling adventures to lochside walks you are sure to be insired by this special place.

LADY OF THE LAKE 01877 376315/6 Relax and take in the views of Loch katrine as you travel on the Lady of the Lake, named after Sir Walter Scott’s classic poem. Enjoy a drink or a snack from the fully licensed bar and marvel at the scenery which inspired one of Scotland’s most famous writers.

LOCH KATRINE ECO LODGES 01877 376315/6 When your day exploring nature’s wonderland is over – relax and let Loch Katrine be your home for the night! There are 8 loch side lodges in one of the most special areas of the Trossachs over looking Loch Katrine and Ben Venue, from which to choose.You can make one of these lodges your base for the week, weekend or a mid week break away from the rat race.

STAY AND SAIL BREAKS AT LOCH KATRINE ● OUTLANDER Cruises ● Classic Steamship Cruises ● Lochside Eco Lodges & Campsite ● The Steamship & Pier Cafés ● Gift Shop • Cycle Hire

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Callander ...

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HE pretty town of Callander lies immediately south of the Highland Boundary Fault which is historically a meeting point between the Highlands and the Lowlands. This holiday town is a popular base for tourists exploring the Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park and 'Rob Roy Country', or stopping off on their way up into the Highlands. Set dramatically beneath high, wooded crags, the colourful town is crammed with teashops and souvenir shops. Callander gained fame as the location for the original Doctor Findlay's Casebook television series. There are a number of popular walks in the area for visitors to explore. The beautiful Bracklinn Falls and the River Keltie have mesmerised people for generations, to the west footpaths and cycle tracks follow the old Callander to Oban railway, and from the summit of Callander Crags there are spectacular sweeping views over the town of Callander and beyond.


CALLANDER GOLF CLUB 01877 330975 Blessed with stunning scenery, Callander Golf Club consists of stylish wooded parkland with panoramic views to the foothills of the Scottish highlands. Within beautifully lush and majestic surroundings, some truly memorable holes await the visitor, for example the charming and challenging 15th is one of the most famous par 3s in Scotland. The Scotsman includes Callander among its list of the best golf courses in their 4th February 2009 issue, ahead of Carnoustie’s Championship Course.

CALLANDER WOODS HOLIDAY PARK 01250 878123 Callander Woods (formerly The Gart) is the latest addition to the Wood Leisure family and is located in the scenic town of Callander, on the Eastern approach to the Trossachs National Park. Awarded a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence and a 5-star rating by Visit Scotland in 2019, we pride ourselves on delivering exceptional quality & service to our guests. We welcome you and your touring caravan or motorhome for a short break, or the entire season on our new fully-serviced pitches, hard standing or grass pitches. Our self-catering accommodation consists of brand new junior deluxe lodges with hot tubs, caravan holiday homes, wooden camping pods and a brand new luxury En-suite Glamping S-Pod, which sleeps up to 6 (max 4 adults). Become a holiday home owner at Callander Woods, with a fabulous selection of new & preowned caravan holiday homes available. For the first time, Callander Woods will be opening for the winter season, with the park now being open until 5th January 2020 (previously closed from October – March).

MHOR BREAD 01877 339518 Mhor Bread is a friendly social place to be. Open from 7am - 4pm daily, theywelcome anyone and everyone for all-day big breakfasts using their own bread, eggs from their farm and more from local producers.

TROSSACHS DISTILLERY 01877 339929 Trossachs Distillery - the home of McQueen Gin was founded in July 2015. In June 2016. Distillery tours are available

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Drymen ... East Loch Lomond


RYMEN lies to the south east of Loch Lomond and is a popular village with interesting restaurants, shops and pubs. It is known as the Gateway to East Loch Lomond, which is the quieter side of the loch. The village is part of the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park and also lies on The West Highland Way. It is therefore a welcome and popular stop for walkers as well as day trip visitors who can find many interesting things to do as well as good places to eat and drink as well as a choice of hotels or B&B’s in which to stay.

THE CLACHAN INN 01360 660824 The Clachan Inn is the oldest registered licensed pub in Scotland (1734) and offers true Scottish hospitality in its bar and restaurant for the hungry walker or visitor. Log fires and a warm welcome assure you of a pleasant visit.


THE DRYMEN INN 01360 660123 www.thedrymeninn. com The Drymen Inn is a newly refurbished, family run bar & restaurant with letting rooms situated right in the heart of Drymen. Emphasis is on comfy surroundings, good food and friendly service. A welcome addition on the West Highland Way.

GLENGOYNE DISTILLERY VISITOR CENTRE 01360 550 254 Located close by and offering seriously entertaining, in-depth visits to whisky experts and beginners alike, there is something for everyone here. The distillery itself is as pretty as a picture with whitewashed walls that nestle into Drumgoyne Hill. A must visit.

Blanefield 01360 770303 The Blane Valley Inn is now under new ownership and is a welcoming place to visit for food and drink located between Drymen and Glasgow and close to Glengoyne Distillery overlooking the Campsie Hills and close to Mugdock Country Park. Tastefully refurbished inside, you will find a great food selection available throughout the day as well as the St. Mocha Coffee brand which is so popular at the owner’s Oak Tree Inn in Balmaha.


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Golfers’ Paradise

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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 Loch Lomond 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.

BUCHANAN CASTLE GOLF CLUB 01360 660330 This course is a special tranquil place providing excellent golf in gorgeous surroundings. It is one of Scotland’s hidden golfing splendours nestling in the foothills of the Scottish Highlands close to the picturesque village of Drymen as well as nearby Balloch, Balmaha and Loch Lomond Shores. Buchanan Castle also has it’s own driving range for those who simply wish to practice their shotmaking.friendly staff.

HELENSBURGH GOLF CLUB 01436 675505 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.


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01389 841754 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.

01877 382493 Sitting at the foot of the Menteith Hklls on the southern border of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, Aberfoyle is a most scenic and interesting golf course. The views from the course are breathtaking. From Ben Lomond in the west, down the upper valley of the River Forth to Stirling Castle. Although the course is quite short it will still test your imagination and shotmaking skills. A recently refurbished clubhouse provides a friendly and informal welcome to all.

VALE OF LEVEN GOLF CLUB 01389 752351 Vale of Leven GC is located close to Balloch and Loch Lomond Shores and is situated on the east side of the valley overlooking the surrounding area with some tremendous views of Loch Lomond and Ben Lomond. From the highest point of the course the view extends as far as Dumbarton Rock and the Clyde estuary. This parkland course has been described as a hidden gem and welcomes visitors with excellent facilities and friendly staff.



0141 944 4141 Easy to reach from the Loch Lomond area World of Golf boasts a 72-bay all weather driving range combined with a golf academy with five PGA professionals. Golfers of all ages and abilities can enjoy practising their skills both on the range and also on the short game practice area. Afterwards relax in the Coffee Club restaurant where you can enjoy a light bite and other refreshments.

Cameron House. Nr. Balloch. 01389 713655 The Carrick on Loch Lomond is the 71 par course designed by the acclaimed golf course designer Doug Carrick. This stunning course uses every inch of the dramatic landscape straddling the fault lines between the Scottish lowlands and highlands with spectacular views of Ben Lomond and Loch Lomond

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lasgow is a great day out for all the family. As host city for so many great sporting and artistic events, the city continually showcases it’s new and vibrant identity. It only takes a few hours in Glasgow to realise that you are experiencing one of the best places in Europe. The City Centre, Merchant City and West End are vibrant and filled with superb attractions, shopping and great places to eat and amazing entertainment venues. Regardless of your budget. Glasgow is a must do experience during your stay.


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CITY SIGHTSEEING BUS TOUR George Square. G1 3BJ T. 0141 204 4400 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.



GALLERY OF MODERN ART Royal Exchange Square. G1 3AH T. 0141 287 3050 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



THE TALL SHIP 100 Pointhouse Place. G3 8RS T. 0141 357 3699 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.



PEOPLE’S PALACE & WINTER GARDENS Glasgow Green. G40 1AT 0141 276 0788 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.


THE LIGHTHOUSE 11 Mitchell Lane G1 3NU 0141 276 5360 www.the 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 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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Argyle Street. G3 8AG 0141 276 9500 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 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. 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 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.



100 Pointhouse Place. G3 8RS T. 0141 287 2720 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.



ST. MUNGO MUSEUM 2 Castle Street. G4 0RH 0141 276 1625 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 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 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.

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Bellahouston Park, Dumbreck Road, G41 5BW T. 0141 483 1600 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.


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Great Places to Eat in Glasgow MUSSEL INN 157 Hope Street. G2 2UQ 0141 572 1405 Mouth watering seafood, simply cooked in the relaxed and casual atmosphere of this award winning restaurant.



LA LANTERNA 35 Hope Street G2 6AE : 0141 221 9160 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.





50 Queen Street. G1 3DS 0141 204 4200 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 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.







81-85 Renfield St. G2 1LP 0141 332 6151 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 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.



LA BONNE AUBERGE 161 West Nile Street G1 2RL 0141 352 8310. 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 All day contemporary cuisine and Scotland's greatest bar gantry offering an unrivalled selection of spirits, liqueurs, cocktails, wines and craft beers.




MASALA TWIST Hope Street. G2 3PS 0141 332 6002 Authentic classic Indian cuisine with a Scottish twist. You can also enjoy rabbit or venison curry and pheasant tikka along with better known dishes.



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179 Buchanan Street. G1 2JZ 0141 353 8790 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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