Things to do
Things to do

Many people come to enjoy the scenery and just get away from it all, but for those of a more active inclination, there is no shortage of things to do.

For those of you of a more active persuasion, here are a few of our personal favourites:

  • We have two golf courses within 5 minutes (one with a driving range)
  • Bike hire
  • Canoe hire
  • Boat trips
  • Fishing (permits available locally)
  • Hill walking, rambling and hiking

And if you'd like to take it just a little bit easier:

  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Glengoyne Distillery (10 minutes away)
  • Luss Village (Glendarroch in the ITV soap Take the High Road) with a sandy shore on Loch Lomond, kiltmaker and bagpipe works
  • Lomond Shores (retail, sealife centre and National Park visitor centre) 
  • Glasgow for excellent shopping
  • Stirling and Edinburgh (exceptional historic cities)
  • There is also a Pipe band in the Square every Thursday evening during July and August.

Family favourites:

  • Blair Drummond Safari Park
  • Sea Life Centre at Lomond Shores
  • Briarlands Farm: Jumping Pillows, Tractor Go Karts, Cable Ride,Outdoor Play structures, Mini Diggers,Tyre Maze, Sand Pits, Football Skills Game and Animal Paddocks. Busy Bees craft area. Pick you own strawberries and Farmers Den tea room.
  • David Marshall Lodge (forest visitor centre) with outdoor adventure playground, Go Ape! high-wire adventure course, extensive forest walks, Osprey watching (via hidden cameras), ranger-guided activties, shop and cafe.

 (And four pubs to relax, unwind and meet the locals.....)

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Overall rating: 4.7 out of 5
 Walked the Highland Way from North to South, The Hawthornes was my last stay before I reached Glasgow. After 6 days of hiking it was a very comfortable and warm place, I can really recommend. 
Johann / Oct 18
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