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Autumn/Winter 2014

Loch Lomond AREA GUIDE

50% OFF SEALIFE voucher Loch Lomond Area Map

GREAT DEALS Your complete guide to Loch Lomond

Balloch | Balmaha | Drymen | Luss | Ardlui | Loch Lomond Shores

AND the Clyde Sea Lochs area

Helensburgh | Dumbarton | Rosneath Peninsula | Arrochar

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Welcome ... ... discover Loch Lomond and the Clyde Sea Lochs

THE Loch Lomond and Clyde Sea Lochs area is simply brimming with activities to keep you busy however long you are staying in the area. Our guide will provide you with top tips on the best places to eat and drink, top attractions and fantastic things to see and do. From walking and cycling to sightseeing, spas and seaplanes, let us help you to plan a truly memorable stay in and around this amazing destination. For lots more information and listings head over to www.lovelochlomond.com or join the chat and share your experience on Facebook and Twitter. The stunning photo below captures the essence of Autumn on Loch Lomondside, a season brimming with amazing colours, bathed in a rich golden glow - truly, as Keats had it, a “Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness”. Keats loved it on Loch Lomondside and on his famous walking tour of Scotland described the scene at the lower end of the loch as “precious good”!

Inside Loch Lomond Shores events - 4/5 Balloch - 7/8/9 Love Loch Lomond Autumn/Winter Events - 10/11 Autumn Offers - 12 Luss, Ardlui & Inverarnan - 13 Arrochar and Tarbet - 14/15 Area Map - 16/17 Balmaha - 18/19 Drymen - 20 Helensburgh - 23/24/25 Rhu, Shandon & Garelochhead - 26 Rosneath Peninsula - 28 Dumbarton and Clydebank - 29 Cover photograph courtesy of Cameron House : 15th at The Carrick

Produced by Downtown CityMaps (www.downtowncitymaps. com 07743 989089) in collaboration with Love Loch Lomond (www.lovelochlomond.com) Graphic Design by Let’s Promote (UK) Ltd (07789904687) With thanks to Paul Saunders Photography for many of the images in this guide. www.paulsaundersmedia.com 07810 481426 Other images from Titan Crane, Scotkart, Scottish Martime Museum, Fiona Butcher, Derick on the Loch, Robert Ryan and Fiona Howard are acknowledged.

© Downtown CityMap Products 2014 - No part of this publication may be reproduced without the express permission

of the publisher. Every care has been taken in the preparation of this publication to ensure the accuracy of the content. However, neither the publisher or its distributors accept any responsibility whatsoever for any errors or omissions, or the consequences thereof. Offers contained within any advertisements printed in this guidebook are made solely and exclusively by the individual advertisers concerned. Any queries relating to individual advertiser’s messages or offers made therein must be directed to the individual advertiser concerned and not the publisher and/or distributors of this guide.

Photo by Derick on the Loch - 07767030537


What’s On at Loch Lomond Shores in October, November and December 2014 Loch Lomond Shores offers everything you need for a great day out. Whether you fancy visiting our exclusive shops and relaxing in one of our superb cafés, or you want to wrap up, get active and enjoy the beautiful outdoors at our stunning loch-side setting, there’s something for everyone. Visit www.lochlomondshores.com for all the latest news on what’s on at the must-visit shopping and day trip destination this winter.

Throughout Autumn & Winter Can You Experience, The Beach, Loch Lomond Shores - outdoor activities available 7 days a week. Activities include: segway safaris, rib rides, guided hikes and mountain biking trips, bushcraft, orienteering, bike hire. NEW FOR 2014: Funky 2-seater electric Twizy car hire and 2 and 4 seater quadricycle hire. Booking essential for all activities. Call 01389 756251 • www.canyouexperience.com The Wee Heilan Man, 12 hole adventure golf course, open daily from 10am. This fabulous new addition is suitable for both young and old, and will have even the most skilled golfer confused and engaged in the tricky holes.


NEW Lomond Pirates, a pirate themed soft play centre, cafe and birthday party zone will be opening soon in the upper mall and will be open daily throughout the year for soft play activities and kids parties. For booking details contact lomondpirates@gmail.com Sunday 5th Charity Fun Day in aid of the Little Princess Trust Hawkshead • 12pm – 4pm Farmers’ Market The Gathering • 10am – 3pm

Thursday 9th Face painting with Glitzparty The Mall • 1pm – 5pm

Friday 10th Face painting with Glitzparty The Mall • 12pm – 4pm

Monday 13th Drakes of Hazard dog and duck show The Meadow • 12pm, 1.30pm & 3pm

Tuesday 14th The Animal Man’s Mini Zoo The Mall • 10am – 4pm

Wednesday 15th Loom Band Creative Zone The Mall • 12pm – 4pm Movie night at SEA LIFE Aquarium Boxtrolls (PG) • 5.30pm What we did on our holiday (12A) • 8.30pm

Thursday 16th Loom Band Creative Zone The Mall • 12pm – 4pm

Friday 17th Indoor curling The Mall • 12pm – 4pm Face painting with Glitzparty The Mall • 12pm – 4pm

Saturday 18th Hello Kitty & Mikey, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle (look-a-like mascots) The Mall • 12pm – 4pm

Sunday 19th Farmers’ Market The Gathering • 10am – 3pm

Saturday 25th Caricaturist The Mall • 12pm – 4pm

Sunday 2nd Farmers’ Market The Gathering • 10am – 3pm

Sunday 16th Farmers’ Market The Gathering • 10am – 3pm Festive Lights Switch On A full day of events including Santa’s arrival, Your Radio Roadshow, live music, face painting and family fun culminating in the switch on of the Christmas lights and a spectacular fireworks display over the Loch.

Saturday 22nd Caricaturist The Mall • 12pm – 4pm



Saturday 1st Walking Theatre The Witchy Walk Open air walking theatre for families, Halloween special. Booking essential at www.itison.com • 4.30pm

Sunday 7th Farmers’ Market The Gathering • 10am – 3pm

Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th Christmas in Bloom – Christmas silk floral arrangements for sale with all proceeds going to charity. The Mall • 10am – 6pm

Saturday 20th Helensburgh & Lomond Youth Brass Band The Foyer • 11am -3pm

Sunday 21st Farmers’ Market The Gathering • 10am – 3pm

Monday 22nd Clyde Community Orchestra The Foyer • 2pm – 4pm

All events and activities correct at time of publication but for up-to-date listings please check our website www.lochlomondshores.com

The Cameron Grill is stylish and informal, with the emphasis on Scotland’s larder of fresh produce. This is the main restaurant; the open feature kitchen, butchery and walk-in wine cellar ensure a real theatre experience.


3 course meal including a glass of wine £35 per person (Sunday to Thursday)


Relax this Sunday and let us make the Sunday roast and all the trimmings 2 courses £16.95 3 courses £19.95

To Book call 01389 722596

Cameron House on Loch Lomond I Dunbartonshire G83 8QZ

Dine for Two for just £29 Relax in the comfort of the Claret Jug at the Carrick with open fires and a relaxed informal atmosphere. Dine for two for just £29 Enjoy a delicious 2 course winter warmer menu for just £29 for 2. £35 per person (Sunday to Thursday, excludes Wednesdays)

Curry Night Every Wednesday night £15 per person

Pie & Pudding

Every Thursday Night £9.95 per person

To Book call 01389 722596

Cameron House on Loch Lomond I Dunbartonshire G83 8QZ

Winter Specials Delight in the stunning views of Loch Lomond whilst enjoying a delicious lunch at the Boat House

Winter Warmer Lunch 2 courses - £15.50 3 courses - £19.50

(Available Monday to Friday from November to March 2015)

Lunch by The Loch

Enjoy a speciality pizza or pasta dish with a glass of wine for just £22 for Two (Available Monday to Friday from November to March 2015) Booking recommended. Call 01389 722596 to make a reservation

Cameron House on Loch Lomond I Dunbartonshire I G83 8QZ I Tel: 01389 755565

All offers are subject to availability until March 2015


Balloch ...

... gateway to Loch Lomond

BALLOCH 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. 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. Why not take a short walk along to Loch Lomond Shores where you will find shopping, dining and family activities a plenty?

Sweeney’s Cruises

Family fun

01389 752376 : www.sweeneyscruises. com Be amazed by the sights and sounds of Loch Lomond when you take the year round, one hour experience cruise or during the summer months you can enjoy a two hour Island Discovery Cruise and Evening Sunset Cruise. Sweeneys have been delighting visitors for generations and now boast the largest fleet of purpose built boats waiting to show you Loch Lomond.

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 kilometres 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 www.threelochsway.co.uk

Balloch Country Park ... is a 200-acre public park on the southern tip of Loch Lomond. It was recognised as a country park in 1980, and it is the only country park in the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park. The Country Park features nature trails, guided walks, a walled garden, and picnic lawns with views of the Loch. It was originally developed in the early 19th century by John Buchanan, a partner in the Glasgow Ship Bank and the gardens were significantly improved by the Dennistoun-Browns, who bought the estate in 1851. Buchanan also built Balloch Castle, which is due to be refurbished in the near future.

Out & about


at Loch Lomond Shores, Balloch, Alexandria. +++++

25% Discount Present this voucher at reception to receive 25% discount on entrance fee (applies to all in party)

t: 01389 729239 e: llbopc@gmail.com w: www.llbopc.co.uk



Balloch ... AUTUMN and Winter is a slightly quieter time to visit the Loch Lomond area but Balloch remains a busy place as visitors marvel at the stunning scenes awaiting them as they arrive in the National Park area. There are plenty of interesting things to do within the town itself as well as a good selection of places to eat catering for most styles and budget. Getting to the area is easy with excellent road links as well as regular bus services and a fast, half hourly train service from Glasgow.

Claret Jug, Cameron Grill and Boathouse Visit Scotland Information Centre


01389 753533 www.visitscotland.com 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.


Cameron House on Loch Lomond 01389 755565 Fine dining for all occasions and some wonderful winter offers - see page 6

Loch Lomond Gift House

01389 753437 www.lochlomondgifthouse.com 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.


Farmer’s Market, Loch Lomond Shores

“We have the gift for giving” As well as a warm welcome, we offer a Fantastic Range of Souvenirs, Clan Gifts, Jewellery, Glass, Ceramics, Gifts and Cards for Every Occasion. Not forgetting our Highland Wear Dept for Outfits to Buy or Hire. Whether you need a gift for home or abroad we have everything you need.

The Farmers’ Market runs on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of every month, 10am - 4pm. With fresh and local produce piled high on every stall the producers vary dependant on the seasonal availability of their products, but you will find fresh cheese, home-baked breads and cakes, seasonal vegetables, chutneys and oils, freshly baked pies, fresh meats and fabulous smoked fish.Scottish Stall Hire 07983392488

Golf at The Carrick Cameron House. Nr. Balloch. 01389 713655 www.cameronhouse.co.uk 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 lanscape straddling the fault lines between the Scottish lowlands and highlands with spectacular views of Ben Lomond and Loch Lomond.

Loch Lomond Bird of Prey Centre OPEN SEVEN DAYS BALLOCH ROAD, BALLOCH G83 8LQ TEL 01389 753437



Out & about

Loch Lomond Shores. 07751 862416 www.llbopc.co.uk For a unique experience visit the Loch Lomond Bird of Prey Centre. Learn about the individual birds, see them close up, stand six feet from a Golden Eagle! Watch the birds training or flying in the aviary compound and learn about conservation. A great family venue with lots to learn.


Loch Cruises, National Park, Shopping, Activity

Photo by Robert Ryan - robertryan@gmx.com

Dug Cafe Loch Lomond Shores DUG Cafe (Facebook) 07540599886 Ever wanted to go for lunch or a coffee and bring your four legged friend? Well now you can at the newly opened DUG Cafe upstairs in the Mall. it serves delicious sandwiches, soups and cakes every day. And because it’s all about hanging out with your pooch, there are even tasty treats and toys for your dog.

Cucina 01389 755455 www.cucinaballoch.com Expect a warm welcome to Cucina Ristorante. Contemporary dining with Italian style. Offering friendly attentive service, the finest imported Italian ingredients and a welcoming family atmosphere..


Tullie Inn

01389 752052 www.tullieinnballoch.co.uk With a stunning glasshouse to the front and a Cape Cod nautical themed interior, inspired by the beauty of Loch Lomond, the Tullie Inn is the perfect location for a morning coffee, a lazy lunch / dinner or simply a great place to enjoy a glass of wine and watch the world go by.

Loch Lomond Brewery

Out & about

01389 755698 www.lochlomondbrewery.com Loch Lomond Brewery is an award winning family brewery, brewing handcrafted ales since 2011. Why not drop in past the brewery and visit the shop? Loch Lomond Brewery, Block 1 Unit 5, Lomond Industrial Estate, Alexandria, G83 0TL. Or give them a call to arrange a tour..

Loch Lomond Sealife Aquarium Loch Lomond Shores 01389 721500 www.visitsealife.com Dive in and be wowed by the many strange, beautiful and fascinating creatures of the deep as you journey through the amazing underwater world of Loch Lomond SEA LIFE Aquarium.

Loch Lomond Shores

Family fun

01389 751031 www.lochlomondshores.com A popular and spectacular location set on the shores of Loch Lomond. Enjoy fabulous shopping in the mall which includes Jenners, and many other stylish shops and designer names. Delight in the assortment of places to eat, drink and relax. A delightful destination with so much to do both inside and out. A location for all the family.

Test your skills on our exciting new 12 hole Adventure Golf Course at Loch Lomond Shores!

Great fun for all the family t Loch Lomond Shores, @HeilanManGolf Ben Lomond Way, Find us on Facebook Balloch G83 8QL The Wee Heilan Man Tel : 01389 751035 Adventure Golf


Autumn/Winter Events All Month

Hill House, Helensburgh open to the public. www.nts.org.uk/


Every Tuesday

Scottish Nights at Cameron House Loch Lomond Call 01389 722596 to find out more and book a table

October 4-5

National Park Annual Fungi Weekend There will be a guided walk at Inversnaid on the Saturday afternoon, and at the Lodge on the Sunday. The cost is £3 (free for Woodland Trust or RSPB members). Book by emailing: suemorris@thegreattrossachsforest. co.uk or phone the Lendrick Steading: 01877 376340.



Every Tuesday


Scottish Nights at Cameron House Loch Lomond Call 01389 722596 to find out more and book a table

November 1

October 4-6

Callander Jazz Festival Finishes with a Jazz Cruise on Loch Katrine. Tickets at http://callanderjazz.com

October 4,11 & 18

Live music weekends Ardlui Hotel, Loch Lomond 10pm Onwards Tel: 01301 704 243/269

October 1

Antiques Valuation with Anita Manning St Andrew’s Kirk, Helensburgh 10am to 3pm

October 3

Skerryvore Live Support band Heron Valley Three Villages Hall, Arrochar

November 2

Farmers Market Loch Lomond Shores, Balloch 10am to 4pm www.facebook.com/

November 4

Hallowe’en in the Square Fun and spooky games for all the family in Colquhoun Square, Helensburgh All day Hallowe’en Fun Ardlui Hotel, Loch Lomond Ghoulish games, freaky fun, and frightening festivities!! 10pm Onwards Tel: 01301 704 243/269 Loch Lomond Indoor Flea Market Lomond Galleries, Alexandria 10am to 3pm All enquiries

West Dunbartonshire Firework Display Dalmuir Park, Clydebank 7.00pm – 9.00pm Display commences at 7.30pm An exhilarating and spectacular fireworks display. A very much family orientated event. Funfairs, hot food also on site

Every Tuesday

December 6

Scottish Nights at Cameron House Loch Lomond- until Dec 23 Call 01389 722596 to find out more and book a table

December 1-23

Christmas at The Lodge The Lodge Visitor Centre Aberfoyle Christmas trees will be on sale at the Lodge from the 1st - 23rd December, 10am - 4pm daily. Look out for additional fun festive activities on the weekends of the 7th, 8th and 14th, 15th. A great family day out, collect a real Christmas tree and enjoy a mince pie along with other home baking, teas and coffees. Take part in our festive trail quiz and win a prize. http://www.forestry.gov.uk/

November 5

West Dunbartonshire Firework Display Levengrove Park, Dumbarton 7.00pm – 9.00pm Display commences at 7.30pm An exhilarating and spectacular

Hill House Festive Opening Helensburgh Santa will be there and there will be live music from local schools and music groups. http://www.nts.org.uk/ Loch Lomond Indoor Flea Market Lomond Galleries, Alexandria 10am to 3pm

December 7

Hill House Festive Opening Helensburgh Santa will be there and there will be live music from local schools and music groups. http://www.nts.org.uk/ Farmers Market Loch Lomond Shores, Balloch 10am to 4pm

7pm More info: www.threevillages.org.uk

October 4

3rd Gartness Beer Festival Milarrochy Bay, Loch Lomond 5pm to 9pm www.gartnessbeerfestival.co.uk/ Loch Lomond Flea Market Lomond Galleries, Alexandria 10am to 3pm All enquiries – 07799635832

October 5

Farmers Market Loch Lomond Shores, Balloch 10am to 4pm www.facebook.com/ LochLomondShoresFarmersMarket

October 11 fireworks display. A very much family event. Funfairs, hot food also on site

November 8

Helensburgh Fireworks Display Round Table charity event - seafront 7.30pm Loch Lomond Indoor Flea Market Lomond Galleries, Alexandria 10am to 3pm

November 15

Loch Lomond Indoor Flea Market Lomond Galleries, Alexandria 10am to 3pm

November 14&15

Wine Lovers Weekend Break Knockderry Country House Hotel, Cove Call 01436 842813 for information

November 16 December 13

Christmas Craft Market Helensburgh Sailing Club 10am to 2pm Hill House Festive Opening Helensburgh Santa will be there and there will be live music from local schools and music groups. http://www.nts.org.uk/ Winter Wildlife Walk with RSPB Loch Lomond Gartocharn 1pm to 3pm Call 01389 752538 to book. Loch Lomond Indoor Flea Market Lomond Galleries, Alexandria 10am to 3pm

December 14

Hill House Festive Opening

...throughout the area Inn on Loch Lomond Beer festival Inn on Loch Lomond Noon to Midnight Festival menu, live music great beers Call 01436 860430 for info Loch Lomond Flea Market Lomond Galleries, Alexandria 10am to 3pm

October 15

Community Cinema Loch Lomond Sealife Centre The Boxtrolls at 5:30pm and What We Did On Our Holidays at 8:30pm

October 18 Craft Fair Tower Centre, Helensburgh 10am to 4pm Loch Lomond Flea Market Lomond Galleries, Alexandria

10am to 3pm

Farmers Market Loch Lomond Shores, Balloch 10am to 4pm www.facebook.com/

October 25

October 26

Hallowe’en Golf Open Victoria Halls, Helensburgh 9.30 am to 4pm, admission free. Loch Lomond Indoor Flea Market Lomond Galleries, Alexandria 10am to 3pm Alexandria Christmas Lights Event Main Street, Alexandria 2pm – 5.30pm TBC Before the big switch-on, the Your Radio team will host a live radio roadshow from 2pm until 5:30pm

November 21

Christmas Craft Fair Three Villages Hall, Arrochar 10am to 2pm Tea, Coffee and home baking Dumbarton Christmas Lights Event High Street, Dumbarton 2pm – 5.30pm TBC Dance Festival and Display Victoria Halls, Helensburgh

November 22

Christmas Food and Craft Fair Helensburgh Santa will be there and there will be live music from local schools and music groups. http://www.nts.org.uk/

December 20

Loch Lomond Indoor Flea Market Lomond Galleries, Alexandria 10am to 3pm

December 21

Farmers Market Loch Lomond Shores, Balloch 10am to 4pm

December 27

Loch Lomond Indoor Flea Market Lomond Galleries, Alexandria 10am to 3pm

December 31

Helensburgh 21st Hogmanay Ceilidh Organised by Helensburgh & District

October 30

Seven Hungers, with young theatre group Company of Wolves Three Villages Hall, Arrochar 7.30pm. Tickets from Arrochar post office or the Village Hall (admin@ threevillages.org.uk or 01301 702669). Loch Lomond Flea Market Lomond Galleries, Alexandria 10am to 3pm

Christmas Lights Event Loch Lomond Shores, Balloch A full day of events including Santa’s arrival, Your Radio Roadshow, live music, face painting and family fun culminating in the switch on of the Christmas lights and a spectacular fireworks display over the Loch. Farmers Market Loch Lomond Shores, Balloch 10am to 4pm Helensburgh Christmas Lights Event Victoria Halls/Colquhoun Square 6pm start at Victoria Halls Street Parade to Colquhoun Square, switch on event in the Square

The Carrick on Loch Lomond Further details richard.mason@ cameronhouse.co.uk or grant. robertson@cameronhouse.co.uk Tel: 01389 713672/3

October 19

November 23

Access Trust Victoria Halls, Sinclair Street, Helensburgh 8pm til 1am A family friendly event Tickets available late October For further information phone 01436 674922 or anne@balmillig. co.uk

January 1, 2015

New Year Swim Rhu Marina Noon New Year Water Ski Event Loch Lomond For more information go to: http://www. lochlomondwaterskiclub.co.uk/

January 18, 2015

Dawn Goosewatch with RSPB

American folk singer songwriter Greg Trooper live Commodore Hotel, Helensburgh Tickets £10 from Helensburgh Visitor Centre

October 27 - November 3

Spooky Hallowe’en Week Boathouse Restaurant at Cameron House Loch Lomond Spooky ghost stories and Spider Web Sundaes from the Ice cream Parlour Call 01389 722596 to find out more.

1.30 to 4pm.

November 29

Helensburgh Winter festival Helensburgh Town Centre Street Market, Victorian fairground ride, Farmers Market, Music and much more 10am to 5pm www.facebook.com/ HelensburghWinterFestival www.helensburghwinterfestival.co.uk Loch Lomond Indoor Flea Market Lomond Galleries, Alexandria 10am to 3pm

November 30

Helensburgh Winter festival Santa Dash, real reindeer, Street Market, Victorian fairground ride, Farmers Market, Music and much more. Fireworks Display to close Noon to 5pm Loch Lomond Come along to RSPB Loch Lomond to enjoy the sights and sounds of hundreds of geese taking off at sunrise. 7am to 9am Call 01389 752538 to book.

To see our collection of videos go to: www.youtube. com/user/ LoveLochLomond To find accommodation visit: www. lovelochlomond. com/loch-lomondaccommodation


Love Loch LomondAutumn Offers The Tea Room, Antartex Village, Alexandria

Cream Tea for One - ONLY £5 Tea for Two - ONLY £10 Tea for Four Sharing Platter - ONLY £20

Bring this voucher to claim. Offers subject to availability and subject to change.

Enjoy a dram of Glengoyne 12 year old Highland Single Malt and a full distillery

tour, followed by a unique whisky and chocolate experience at Glengoyne Distillery at a special price of per person on production of this offer. Bring offer or quote “Love Loch Lomond Whisky Chocolate” on arrival.

only £16

Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Maximum party size 8 adults. Offer valid 1st September - 31st December 2014.

Can You Experience Co Ltd

Enjoy 25% off the price of the hire of all self drive boats from 1st September to 21st December 2014. Boats are available from the CUX base at the beach at Loch Lomond Shores in Balloch. Please quote ‘Love Loch Lomond Autumn 2014’ to redeem this offer. Valid from September 1st to 21st December 2014. All self drive boats require £100 deposit

which is refundable on return. 7 day hire includes a tank of fuel. Driver must be 18 years +. www.canyouexperience.com

Wild by Nature

10% off Island Hopping Loch Lomond Canoe Safaris and Bushcraft & Survival Day Trips Both full day trips offer free pick up and drop off from Glasgow City Centre with a driver guide and full safety instruction and/or necessary equipment. Book online or by phone - please quote the code LLLAUT to redeem your offer. Trips are subject to company terms & conditions and availability. Offers valid from 1st September - to 15th December 2014

World of Golf & Jurassic Parrr Adventure Golf Get £5 off a Family Pass for Jurassic Parrr - on production of this offer. Buy 100 balls and receive an extra 20 free - on production of this offer. Both offers valid until 12th December 2014.

Cafe Lochan *Winter Warmer*

Enjoy a hot drink and a cake for only £4.00 per person at Cafe Lochan this Autumn and Winter on presentation of this offer. Offer valid from 1st November 2014 - 31st January 2015.To redeem the offer please present this voucher.

Cafe Lochan, Tarbet & Inveruglas Visitor Centres. Tel:07879 335731

Children Go Free

at The Wee Heilan Man Adventure Golf

Loch Lomond Shores, Balloch.One child goes free with each paying adult, saving £4.95. To redeem the offer quote the promo code ”FREE CHILD LOVE LOCH LOMOND” at the pay-in box.

15% OFF per person at Go Ape Aberfoyle

Offer valid until November 30, 2014 – Sunday to Friday only (excludes Saturdays). Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Subject to availability. Offer available to book online at goape.co.uk/aberfoyle. Quote Promotional Code: LLLAB15. Pre-booking is essential. Offer available at Go Ape Aberfoyle only.

Cruise Loch Lomond child ticket with every full fare Free adult ticket on production of this offer or

quote Love Loch Lomond Autumn offer when booking by phone. Applicable to all scheduled departures between 1st September – 2nd November 2014. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Tel: 01301 702356

The Oak Tree Inn

BUY ONE, GET ONE FREE offer on pizzas at St Mocha Coffee Shop & Ice Cream Parlour in October and November

2014.Take this voucher and present when you order to take advantage of the offer. Offer valid from 1st October - 30th November 2014.

Pages 2, 7, 22, 25 and 26 for more fabulous offers!

LUSS is a picturesque village on the western shores of Loch Lomond.

some lovely places to relax and sample local dining.

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.

Ardlui is an excellent place for walkers being right on the West Highland Line. There is a ferry to take you to other places on the loch, (runs April to October). There is a marina and plenty of accommodation.

Views from the pier are stunning and to the north are dominated by Ben Lomond. Luss is popular with visitors all year round and has


Luss,Ardlui, Inverarnan

Luss, Ardlui, Inverarnan ...

Further on lies Inverarnan famous for The Drover’s Inn, one of Scotland’s oldest pubs.

Loch Lomond Arms Hotel

Luss Village 01436 860420 www.lochlomondarmshotel.com The Loch Lomond Arms Hotel is a traditional inn set in the heart of Luss. Recently refurbished, the hotel remains true to its 18th century heritage but combines it with the comfort and facilities of a modern hotel. There is a warm, cosy restaurant serving freshly prepared seasonal produce alongside a welcoming bar serving locally brewed ales.

Ardlui Hotel, Marina & Holiday Park 01301 704243 www.ardlui.com Built in the early 1800s as the hunting residence of the Colquhoun family, the Ardlui Hotel is a beautiful tribute to its Scottish heritage and history, nestling as it does on a hillside by the loch. First opened as a hotel in 1886, the Ardlui Hotel has evolved over the years as a family run venue into the fine establishment combined with the marina and holiday park that exists today.

Family fun

The Village Rest Luss Village 01436 860220 www.the-village-rest.co.uk The Village Rest is a lovely cafĂŠ bistro nestling at the heart of Luss Village. Located in tastefully refurbished period cottages, there is a fine selection of freshly prepared Scottish and International food choices as well as an extensive wine list on offer throughout the day and into the evening..


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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. 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. Several long distance footpaths and cycle trails, as well as a wealth of natural mountain bike trails, are easily accessible.


Photo by Fiona Butcher

Arrochar and Tarbet

Arrochar and Tarbet ...

Mansefield Studios, Arrochar

01301 702956 www.mansefieldstudios.com Pottery studio and craft gallery showcasing ceramics by Tom Butcher, hand made Harris Tweed cushions as well as a delightful selection of jewellery, photography, paintings and other traditional crafts inspired by and hand made in Scotland.

Ben Arthur’s Bothy, Arrochar 01301 702241 A local village pub serving traditional pub food with excellent views over Loch Long. A wellknown location for walkers, climbers and visitors staying locally, the Ben Arthur is a fun place to visit throughout the year.

Village Inn, Arrochar


Mansefield Studios ARROCHAR . ARGYLL & BUTE

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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.


Arrochar and Tarbet

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.

Café Lochan

07879 335731 www.cafelochan.com A welcoming coffee stop next to the grassed area at Tarbet where you can warm up with great coffee, snacks, sandwiches and home baking. A perfect place to marvel at the amazing scenery. Also at Inveruglass further along the road.

Cruise Loch Lomond 01301 702356 www.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 their comfortable craft and be amazed by the scenery you experience.

Out & about

Ardlui Hotel, Marina & Holiday Park 01301 704243 www.ardlui.com Built in the early 1800s as the hunting residence of the Colquhoun family, the Ardlui Hotel is a beautiful tribute to its Scottish heritage and history, nestling as it does on a hillside by the loch. First opened as a hotel in 1886, the Ardlui Hotel has evolved over the years as a family run venue into the fine establishment combined with the marina and holiday park that exists today.

Family fun

Visit Scotland Information Centre 01301 702260 www.visitscotland.com Open April to October providing a wide range of local information as well as leaflets, maps and timetables and helpful local knowledge.










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Climb the Cobbler and visit Mansefield Studios for contemporary crafts in Arrochar

Hire a bike or cruise the loch from Tarbet with Cruise Loch Lomond

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Take a coastal tour of Helensburgh and the Clyde Sea Lochs, Cove, Kilcreggan

Visit Luss village, enjoy local food & drink, walk on the beach, admire views of Ben Lomond. Take a cruise from Luss Pier

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Explore Balmaha on foot, take a boat trip from Balmaha Boatyard and enjoy a meal and locally brewed beer at The Oak Tree Inn. Go horse-riding or bird-watching in Gartocharn, enjoy a village walk in Drymen








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East Loch Lomond

National Park Visitor Information Centre 01389 722100 www.lochlomond-trossachs.org Get local information, maps, guides and local knowledge before you start exploring the area.

Balmaha Brewing Company


01360 870357 www.balmahabrewingco. co.uk The brewery is nestled right beside Loch Lomond. All the ingredients and resources for these fine ales are locally sourced and the end result is a fabulous range of small batch ales bursting with flavour and rich aromas. Ask about our ales at The Oak Tree Inn and other village outlets.

Out & about

Café St Mocha


01360 870357 www.oak-tree-inn.co.uk A lovely new tearoom & café opens this spring where you will find small batch artisan coffee freshly roasted in-house every day together with a range of loose tea and locally made home baking. Something special to enjoy during your visit.

COFFEE SHOP & ICECREAM PARLOUR Artisan Roasted Speciality Coffee • Teas Own brands of Loch Lomond Luxury & Bal-Moo-Ha Ice Creams Lunch Menu • Snacks & Home Baking www.theoaktreeinn.co.uk - next to the Oak Tree Inn & Village Shop, Balmaha facebook.com/StMocha • twitter.com/stmochacoffee


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 islands while the village shop does cycle hire. Balmaha is also home to a micro-brewery and a smokehouse. CafĂŠ St Mocha offers great coffee and Italian Gelato style Loch Lomond Luxury ice creams. The Oak Tree Inn provides a warm welcome throughout the year with a great range of food and drink and cosy rooms.


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

Conic Hill Conic Hill is a sharp little summit rising above 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 many islands. Conic Hill has good access with a good path on the ascent, with steps. Conic Hill is a fantastic place from which to get unique and special photographs of Loch Lomond and Balmaha itself.


Out & about

The Oak Tree Inn

01360 – 870357 www.oak-tree-inn. co.uk Take some time to 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 tranquil location for those wishing to simply escape. Family owned, The Oak Tree gives you the perfect base from which to explore the stunning surrounding countryside or take a boat trip on the loch. Cosy rooms and great food and drink, including their own Balmaha Brewing Company ales and ciders, smoked produce & ice cream complete a perfect visit!



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Drymen ... East Loch Lomond

DRYMEN 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 www.clachaninndrymen.co.uk 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.


Ealain Gallery 01360 660996 www.ealaingallery.com Located within The Pottery in The Square, The Ealain Gallery – pronounced ya-linn, is a quiet haven in which you can browse lots of whisky (daily tastings) as well as Scottish gifts, ceramics, jewellery and a selection of art.


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.


Ealain Gallery

The Drymen Pottery 01360 660458 www.thedrymenpottery.co.uk Drymen Pottery is a café, restaurant and pub situated at the centre of the village. Freshly prepared food is available all day and The Pottery is a welcome and popular stop for walkers on The West Highland Way.

Glengoyne Distillery Visitor Centre

Out & about

01360 550 254 www.glengoyne.com Located close by and offering seriously entertaining, indepth 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.

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The Ealain Gallery – pronounced ya-lin, is the Gaelic word for art. Find us at the Main Square, Drymen, Stirlingshire, in the heart of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, on the eastern edge of Loch Lomond. With daily whisky tastings, we also feature contemporary art ceramics, glassware, pottery, jewellery and gifts for all ages and occasions. (Open Daily)

Ealain Gallery (within The Pottery), The Square, Drymen, Stirlingshire, G63 0BG • 01360 660996 • info@ealaingallery.com • www.ealaingallery.com


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Chinese Restaurant and Takeaway

Enjoy the warmest welcome, and the finest Oriental cuisine in the restaurant with the best view in town! 41 West Clyde Street, Helensburgh G84 8AW Tel: 01436 674080 21


HELENSBURGH is approximately 20 miles north west of Glasgow. Sir James Colquhoun designed the town in 1780 and named it after his wife Helen. An elegant town, with streets laid out in a grid pattern many of which are tree-lined, the most notable ones with cherry blossom, which is stunning in the springtime. Helensburgh has an outstanding collection of houses designed by famous architects including Charles Rennie Macintosh, Leiper and Honeyman Macintosh’s Hill House is the most well known and sits high above the Clyde commanding fine views

Helensburgh Heritage Trust 01436 675484 www.Helensburghheritage.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.


Helensburgh ... 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. Helensburgh is a surperb base for visiting Loch Lomond and the surrounding areas.

The Hill House 08444 932208 www.nts.org.uk The finest of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s domestic creations, this National Trust property sits high above Helensburgh with commanding views over the Clyde. The house contains a huge range of period furniture and the gardens are a feature not to be missed.

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Out & about

Helensburgh Golf Club

01436 675505 www. helensburghgolfclub.co.uk Fancy golf while visiting Helensburgh? A warm welcome awaits you at Helensburgh GC with fabulous moorland 18 hole course suitable for all levels. To check availability & to book simply contact Fraser or Matt at the pro shop who will be glad to assist.

The Wee Kelpie Scotland’s Best Takeaway

We cook to order haddock, cod, monkfish, halibut, wholetail scampi, whitebait, fritto misto, calamari, scallops and smoked haddock and frequently have specials. We also sell haggis, locally made blackpudding and our own tartare sauce and mushy peas, chilli jam and beetroot ... and of course ... OUR FAMOUS AWARD WINNING CHIPS! 82 W Clyde St, Helensburgh, Dunbartonshire G84 8BB. Tel: 01436 675000 (telephone orders taken)

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Restaurants, Shopping, History, Heritage BIRTHPLACE of John Logie Baird, famous for its architecture including The Hill House, Helensburgh is a great base from where you can easily access the Clyde Sea Lochs and west coast beyond. Getting here is easy with a half hourly fast train service from Glasgow Queen Street

Rowan Gallery 01436 670721 www.rowangallery.com The beautiful redesigned Rowan Gallery features exhibitions from some of Scotland’s finest contemporary artists in a series of exhibitions throughout the year. The gallery is warm and welcoming space where you can take time to browse with ever helpful and knowledgeable advice on hand at all times during your visit.

The Scandinavian Shop


07748541720 www.haveashooftie.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 delightful collections of products from around Scandinavia and more local Scottish products.


Shooftie Shooftie in James Street is a unique retail store with the sole aim of highlighting talented local artisans, giving them a space in a prime location in Helensburgh for a modest monthly fee & commission. They offer products from 21 artisans including handmade tablet & biscuits to fuzed glass, prints & orginal artworks and carved wooden pieces and lots more!

Station to Helensburgh Central and it is also a stop (Helensburgh Upper Station) on The West Highland Line, voted Top Rail Journey in the World by Wanderlust magazine. Helensburgh has much to offer visitors with plenty of interesting shops and excellent places to dine.

The Wee Kelpie


01436 675000 Winners of Scotland’s Best Takeaway title 2014 the Wee Kelpie serves amazing fish & chips with every serving cooked to order! The Wee Kelpie is fast becoming a Helensburgh institution with sea fresh fish, hand prepared chips and a range of homemade accompaniments. Also Scottish winner of National Choice Chip Awards 2014.

Anne of Loudounville 01436 671575 www.anneofloudounville.co.uk Luxury designer handbags, umbrellas, jewellery as well as artisan chocolate and many more carefully selected collections of indulgent “must-haves” for you and those special to you. A visit to Anne of Loudounville will delight and inspire you.

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 a delightful upstairs restaurant with stunning sea views, especially at night.

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The Scandinavian Shop 53 Sinclair Street Helensburgh G84 8TG

Tel - 01436 673623 : Email - enquiries@scandinavianshop.co.uk : www.scandinavianshop.co.uk




01436 678035 This is a great little family run bistro with amazing food. The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly with attentive service. The menu features the best of fresh local seasonal produce with a distinctive Scottish flavour.

The Garth Bar and Grill 01436 269278 Enjoy a taste of the USA in this family friendly diner style restaurant. Select from fresh, homemade burgers, fajitas, ribs and awesome steaks. There is also live sport available on big screens. A great family venue with memorable food.

Riverbank Bar and Restaurant

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The Upper Crust

28 East Princes Street 01436 678288 Home of fusion cooking and offering something for all lovers of spcey food with Indian, Lebanese and Turkish. Everything is freshly cooked to order and there is plenty of choice for vegetarians. Takeaway and home delivery.

Mira Mare 01436 673766 Classic Italian food, friendly service and a good wine list make the Mira Mare one of Helensburgh’s finest places to eat. Choose from traditional Italian favourites alongside daily specials using the best seasonal produce.


01436 674252 www.riverbankhelensburgh.co.uk Delighting customers for many years, if you like fresh, hand stretched, authentic Italian pizza then head to Riverbank. You can also choose from other great house favourites such as Hungarian Goulash and a great atmosphere to enjoy during your stay.

La Barca

01436 268518 www.labarcahelensburgh.co.uk Winner of Scotland’s Favourite Mediterranean Restaurant 2014, La Barca is a beautiful, authentic Spanish Tapas restaurant serving a wide variety of freshly prepared dishes made using the finest local, seasonal produce. Enjoy a true taste of the Mediterranean with a selection from the extensive, well-stocked wine cellar.

Masala Twist

01436 676665 www.masalatwistscotland.co.uk Enjoy sumptuous Indian cuisine with a mixture of both classic Indian dishes and others using the best local produce such as venison and haggis. Masala Twist is a busy, popular restaurant serving great food in warm and friendly surroundings.

Craigard 01436 677787 www.craigard-tearoom.co.uk Craigard is a multi award winning traditional Scottish restaurant serving a wide variety of homemade menu choices throughout the day including its famous quality homebaking made on the premises daily by the team of bakers.


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Rhu, Shandon and Garelochhead ... Photo by Derick on the Loch - 07767030537 THE charming village of Rhu is famous for its stunning views and excellent sailing facilities. It is situated in a well defined bay with the recently upgraded yacht marina to the east and Rhu Point to the west. At the heart of the village is Rhu Parish Church, where Henry Bell, pioneer of the world famous steamship “Comet”, is buried. Cove and Kilcreggan are small villages on the wooded Rosneath Peninsula, made prosperous from ship-building in the 19th and 20th centuries. The area boasts some magnificent architecture and panoramic views over the Firth of Clyde. Cove makes an excellent base to discover the Clyde’s sea lochs, the Gareloch, Loch Long and Loch Fyne while there are ferries that run regularly from Kilcreggan.

Rosslea Hall Hotel 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.


The Ardencaple Hotel

01436 820200 www.johnbarras.com The 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.

Out & about

Rhu Marina

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 which has excellent, fresh food served all day.

The Rhu Inn 01436 821048 www.therhuinn.co.uk The Rhu Inn is a traditional local village pub overlooking Rhu Bay. There is a fine collection of fine ales from local microbreweries as well as a good collection of malt whiskies to sample. There is regular live music provided by a variety of local bands on Saturday nights.

Clyde Sea Lochs Trail

Out & about

Enjoy the splendour of the Clyde Sea Lochs by car or bike using this well signed trail. The views are stunning and there is access to the water at Kilcreggan where a regular Clyde ferry stops. Some of the most stunning views can be found along the lochs from Rhu over to Kilcreggan and Cove where you can enjoy views south towards Arran.


Rhu, Garelochside

Rosneath Peninsula Cove and Kilcreggan; Rosneath and Clynder

A SHORT distance west from Helensburgh and Rhu or east from Arrochar brings you along and through the Rosneath Peninsula. This area of outstanding natural beauty is the perfect environment in which to unwind and relax with fabulous sea views across the Firth of Clyde and south towards Arran – and all just a fifteen minutes travel from the bustle of busier places. There are numerous places to stop and enjoy a picnic or short walk along the shoreline. You might also like to take time to visit Linn Botanic Gardens with its abundant selection of fauna and flora. The peninsula also forms part of The Clyde Sea Lochs Trail.

Kilcreggan Pier The pier at Kilcreggan is still in use today from where the Clyde ferry to Gourock departs/arrives. For an interesting day out why not take some time and travel across the Clyde by ferry? The views from the pier itself are spectacular and very popular with photographers.

Linn Botanic Gardens

Rosneath Castle Park


01436 842283 www.knockderryhouse.co.uk With an enviable reputation for excellent food and drink sourced from quality local suppliers, Knockderry House provides its guests with a welcoming and relaxing environment to escape, explore and relax with stunning views and exhilarating nearby walks.


Café at Kilcreggan

01436 842022 www.cafeatkilcreggan.co.uk This friendly and relaxed café is a welcome stop throughout the day. The menus are simple and offer delicious food, cakes, ice cream, coffee and tea to sit in or take away.

Cove Seafront Area

Stopping and simply enjoying some quality time along the foreshore at Cove can be memorable. Part of the Clyde Sea Lochs Trail, there is parking from where you can take a walk along the beach or simply enjoy and photograph the lovely sea views. An afternoon tea at Knockderry House or a picnic is sure to round off a pleasant afternoon by the sea.

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01436 842084 www.linnbotanic.org.uk These mature and enchanting gardens with burn and waterfall, contain many plant collections. Among these are rhododendrons, magnolias, bamboos and many little known ferns, The New Zealand mountain daisies are of special note. Open all year.

01436 831208 www.rosneathcastle.co.uk Rosneath Castle Park is an ideal family location where you can stay, get active with on site sports facilities and explore the surrounding area. There is also an on site shop as well as The Castle Isle Restaurant and Bar and indoor and outdoor children’s play areas.

Family fun

The Knockderry Country House Hotel

OVERLOOKING 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. Today’s Clydebank has exceptional shopping choice in its covered mall, the Clydebank Shopping Centre. The town also boasts a large indoor go-kart track at ScotKart Indoor Kart Racing as well as a major golf tuition facility, World of Golf, with its family fun attraction, Jurassic Parrr. Dumbarton’s shipbuilding heritage includes the building of the famous clipper ‘Cutty Sark’. Dumbarton Castle on its fortified rock has for long guarded the Clyde approaches and the routes into the Highlands.

The Clipper 01389 731981 www.theclipper.info After a busy day sightseeing why not drop into The Clipper where you will find a lovely dining experience but at family friendly prices. There are menu options to suit all tastes as well as daily specials to keep all the family happy.

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+

The Denny Ship Model Experimental Tank Museum


Dumbarton and Clydebank ... Photo by Robert Ryan - robertryan@gmx.com

Frankie & Benny’s 01389 739035 www.frankieandbennys.com Enjoy a taste of the USA at Frankie & Benny’s. Ideal for family dining with a great range of menu choices such as home baked pizza, fajitas, pasta, BBQ Ribs, steaks and of course their legendary burgers. A great way to round off a busy day out!.


World of Golf and Jurassic Parrr 0141 9444141 www.jurassicparrr.co.uk ‘www.worldofgolf. co.uk Within easy reach of Loch Lomond & Glasgow, World of Golf boasts a 72-bay all weather driving range and a premier golf academy, perfect for getting some well earned practice in. The centre boasts entertainment for all the family, with the skill testing and stunning Jurassic Parrr adventure golf course - you may want to play it more than once! Then round off the visit by visiting American Golf or relaxing in the Coffee Club Restaurant and compare scores!

Family fun

01389 763444 www.scottishmaritimemuseum.org Forming 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. The Denny Tank was the world’s first commercial example of a test tank and starting point for many of the firm’s great innovations. The museum is open daily.

Dumbarton Castle 01389 732167 www.historic-scotland.gov.uk Impressively situated on a volcanic rock overlooking the Firth of Clyde, the castle rampards offer stunning views of the local area. From the White Tower Crag, one can see for miles, including the peak of Ben Lomond. The castle is open all year. A visit to the Denny Ship Model Experiment Tank is a step back into the world of the Victorian ship designer. A grade A listed building built in 1882 the Visit Scotland four star attraction retains many original features including the fully restored testing tank that is as long as a football pitch.

Denny Ship Model Experiment Tank

Open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 4pm (Cafe opens at 9am) Limited disabled access. Please call 01389 763444 for information












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Solo Exhibition by Alison Cowan Rowan Gallery proudly presents sought-after Glasgow artist Alison Cowan with a solo exhibition featuring a selection of more than forty stunningly beautiful textured acrylic paintings. Exhibition continues until 26th October Paintings will be available to view @ www.rowangallery.com from Friday 26th September

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Handy visitor guide featuring the best things to see and do in the Loch Lomond area of Scotland. Packed full of great attraction, events, di...

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Handy visitor guide featuring the best things to see and do in the Loch Lomond area of Scotland. Packed full of great attraction, events, di...