The Loch Lomond National Park and offers a whole host of activities from your doorstep. Cycling (road and track), fishing (fish for salmon and brown trout) and walking are very well catered for with tracks for beginners in the Trossachs.
There is a village pubs and a selection of shops, cafes and restaurants in Aberfoyle. For golfers, there is a golf course and horse-riding in Aberfoyle
The Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park is full of bird and wildlife and a great place to view them is The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre, just outside Aberfoyle. There is a red squirrel hide in the woods and live CCTV in the Visitors Centre where you might see ospreys, woodpeckers and water voles too. The Great Trossachs Forest nature reserve has golden eagles, black grouse and otters. The Lake of Menteith is a great place to see wetland birds and the short ferry ride over to the island to explore Inchmahome Priory is well worth a trip. The ruined priory is very evocative and much of the 13th century building remains - King Robert the Bruce visited the priory on several occasions and Mary Queen of Scots was given sanctuary there after the Battle of Pinkie so it has many historical connections. It's a lovely place for a picnic too.
In the wider area you can visit historic Stirling to see the Wallace Monument or Stirling Castle, arguably on a par with Edinburgh Castle. Glasgow and its fabulous architecture and world-renowned shopping is only 45 minutes away. Otherwise you could take a leisurely trip to Loch Lomond or Loch Katrine and enjoy a day's watersports, or walk or cycle around the lochs, or take the paddle-steamer tour.
Holiday cottages near The Loch Lomond National Park
The area is also well known for its fabulous restaurants, with a number of high quality pubs serving excellent food in the surrounding villages as well as Nick Nairn's famous cookery school at Port of Menteith. Nearby Go Ape is a very popular with all ages - zip wire thrills in the trees! There is a massive amount to do around Aberfoyle.
The Comer Estate enjoys a magnificent position right in the heart of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. It is nestled beneath Ben Lomond and has wonderful views over the 'Bonnie Banks' of the Loch Lomond. The area is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) due to the native woodlands and the rich fauna and flora. For those wishing to walk is on the route of the West Highland Way and any climber will be tempted by Ben Lomond and its foothills.
The Trossachs have often been referred to as the 'Highlands in Minature'. There are wild glens and sparkling lochs and the contrast between Highlands and Lowlands is marked. The area has plenty to do and places to go that offer a unique chance for those looking for peace and tranquility will appreciate. There is the most idyllic hideaway cottages for those wanting to truly get away from it all!
- Loch Lomond National Park
- Airports - by road
Edinburgh 50 miles or Glasgow 30 miles
- Nearest rail station Stirling 32 miles
- Edinburgh and Glasgow - 45 minutes by train
- Pubs and restaurants
- Golf - Aberfoyle
- Fishing - salmon and brown trout
- Horse riding
- Loch Lomond National Park
- Ben Lomond is a good climb
- Bird watching
- Loch swimming - peace and tranquility
Directions to Aberfoyle:
From Perth, or east / Edinburgh, travel towards Stirling on the M9 and leave at Junction 10 (marked Stirling). Follow the A84 towards Callander. After 4 miles (just beyond the Blair Drummond safari park) take the A873 for Aberfoyle. From the south / Glasgow, take the A81 for the city centre and travel via Milngavie and Strathblane towards Aberfoyle.
To reach from Glasgow International Airport follow the M8 towards Edinburgh and take the M80/A80 which is signed for Stirling. Then take the M9 and exit at junction 10 Stirling and take the A84 west (sign posted to Callander) to Blairdrummond. One mile west of the Safari Park take the A873 to Thornhill which then runs into the A81 to Aberfoyle.