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Ben Lomond

Ben Lomond is one of the most familiar of the Munros, with spectacular views across Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park.

Catagory: Mountain Peak

Address:

FK8 3TR

Website: www.walkhighlands.co.uk/munros/ben-lomond

 

Blair Drummond Safari and Adventure Park

A unique fun-filled family attraction letting you get up close to a variety of interesting and exotic animals including rhinos, lemurs, chimps, elephants and sea lions. And to complete your day there is also an adventure playground, boat rides, drive through reserves and a pets farm.

Category: Outdoor Activities

Address:

Blair Drummond Safari and Adventure Park

Blair Drummond, FK9 4UR

Phone: 01786 841456

Email: enquiries@blairdrummond.com

Web Address: www.blairdrummond.com

 

City Sightseeing Glasgow

See Glasgow in 21 stops on the City Sightseeing Glasgow open top tour! The tour offers visitors a brilliant and convenient way to discover the city and all its wonderful history and culture. Get an entertaining and colourful insight into Glasgow’s past and present and hop-on hop-off around the city with your one or two day ticket. 

The tour takes approximately 1 hour and 25 minutes. You can hop-on and hop-off to visit one of Glasgow’s many free museums or art galleries as well as a stop for lunch, a bit of shopping or simply a walk in one of the city’s many parks.

Famous historian Neil Oliver provides English commentary and there is a choice of multi-lingual commentary.

Category: Tourist Attraction

Address:

153 Queen St, Glasgow, G1 3BJ

Website: www.citysightseeingglasgow.co.uk

 

Clyde Sea Lochs Trail

Fringing the south western edge of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, the Clyde Sea Lochs Trail links together a necklace of coastal communities. The trail leads visitors on a fascinating and scenic journey of discovery. The Clyde Sea Lochs Trail link together a necklace of coastal communities fringing the south western edge of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, the trail leads visitors on a fascinating and scenic journey of discovery. Castles, gardens, history, seashore and woodland walks, coastal and mountain scenery and must see architecture and restaurants – the Clyde Sea Lochs Trail has all you could ever ask for! 

Category: Outdoor Activities

Address:

Castle Road

 

Clydeside Distillery

Glasgow's stills are flowing again at The Clydeside Whisky Distillery; Glasgow's first dedicated Single Malt Whisky Distillery in over 100 years. Head to the Docks and watch the Clydeside Distilleries craftsmen distil pure new make whisky by hand, the most traditional time-honoured way. You’ll find out more than you’d expect, with various of Scotland’s finest single malts to enjoy within a Specialist Whisky Shop and Whisky Tastings.

Category: Tourist Attraction

Address:

100 Stobcross Road, G3 8QQ

Phone: 0141 212 1401

Web Address: http://www.theclydeside.com/

 

Cruise Loch Lomond

Departing from Luss Pier, Cruise Loch Lomond operates daily scheduled cruises from end of March to end of October. Cruise Loch Lomond operates daily scheduled cruises from end of March to end of October. Experience the magic of Loch Lomond’s majestic scenery from the comfort of one six vessels which cruise along the Loch’s waters. Sail from Luss Pier upon the Island Explorer through Loch Lomond’s island jewels and visit Inchcailloch for a perfect family adventure with a picnic and walk through Coffin Valley to Burial Ground. Tarbet Pier departures at the northern fjord end of the Loch offering a Rob Roy cruise and Explorer cruise to Inversnaid.

Category: Tours

Address:

The Boatyard, Tarbet, G83 7DG

Phone: 01301 702 356

Email: stuart@cruiselochlomond.co.uk

Web Address: http://www.cruiselochlomond.co.uk

 

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle is set in the heart of Scotland's dynamic capital city it is sure to capture your imagination. Edinburgh Castle is one of the most exciting historic sites in Western Europe, situated in the heart of Scotland’s dynamic capital. The castle’s architecture, views and the scenery are sure to take your breath away.

Category: Tourist Attraction

Address:

Castlehill, Edinburgh, EH1 2NG

Phone: (0)131 225 9846

Email: ec.enquiries@gov.scot

Website: www.edinburghcastle.gov.uk

 

Glengoyne Distillery

An award winning malt, it's the product of an unconventional process, remarkable ingredients and the pride and passion of its people. Glengoyne is one of the leading premium malt whiskies in the world, situated amongst the most idyllic countryside. An award winning malt, it’s the product of an unconventional process, remarkable ingredients and the pride and passion of its people. Tours, Master classes, Whisky Tasting and of course the opportunity to buy a bottle or two.

Category: Other

Address:

Killearn, G63 9LB

Phone: (0)1360 550 254

Email: reception@glengoyne.com

Web Address: https://www.glengoyne.com

www.glengoyne.com

 

Go Ape Aberfoyle

Award-winning outdoor attraction with forest tree top adventures, forest Segways, tree top junior and zip trekking. Award-winning outdoor activities from forests tree top adventures, forest Segways, tree top junior to zip trekking. The closest Go Ape to Cameron Lodges is situated in Aberfolye.

Scotland’s first Tree Top Adventure course, this high ropes course is situated in the stunning backdrop and country scenery of Queen Elizabeth Forest Park, Aberfoyle.

Whether you’re a zip wire professional or never experienced the thrill of soaring through the air, Go Ape Aberfoyle is one of the best high rope courses in Scotland where you will tackle adrenaline-pumping obstacles and crossings high up in the forest.

Category: Outdoor Activities

Address:

David Marshall Lodge, Queen Elizabeth Forest Park, Aberfoyle, FK8 3SX

Phone: 0333 414 9560

Email: questions@goape.co.uk

Web Address: https://www.goape.co.uk

 

Icefire Glass

Icefire Glass is a small design/manufacturing business in Balloch that specialises in high quality hand-made ornamental glass.

Icefire Glass is a small design/manufacturing business in Balloch that specialises in high quality hand-made ornamental glass. Due to their Loch Lomond location, much of their work is Scottish themed.

This includes, glass thistles in many shapes and forms from candlesticks to thistles to hang in windows, stags, golden eagles, ospreys and highland cows. We also make fantasy pieces from dragons to unicorns, as well as heraldic insignia, militaria and clan crests.

Visitors are very welcome to come along and watch the glass being made and coloured. Opening hours are 10.30am – 4.30pm 6 days a week, except Tuesdays.

Category: Shopping

Address:

G83 8NB

Phone: 01389 755928

Email: john@icefire-glass.co.uk

Web Address: http://www.icefire-glass.co.uk/

 

In Your Element

Guided outdoor activities, canoe and kayak hire within Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park. From canoe trips, river sledging, river tubing, gorge walking, segways, walk on water balls throughout the National Park and a 5* aerial adventure course TreeZone - you'll get a squirel's eye view as you swing through the trees! Guided outdoor activities, canoe and kayak hire within Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park.

From canoe trips, river sledging, river tubing, gorge walking, segways, walk on water balls throughout the National Park and a 5* aerial adventure course TreeZone – you’ll get a squirrel’s eye view as you swing through the trees!

All these unforgettable experiences are just a short walk or drive away from your luxury lodge. Click on the link below to book your Loch Lomond adventure.

Category: Outdoor Activities

Address:

Ben Lomond Way, Balloch, G83 8QL

Phone: 0333 7007004

Email: lochlomond@iye.scot

Web Address: https://iye.scot/loch-lomond/

 

Inchmahome Priory, Lake of Menteith

The enchanting ruins of Inchmahome Priory stand on the largest of three islands in the centre of Lake of Menteith. The enchanting ruins of Inchmahome Priory stand on the largest of three islands in the centre of Lake of Menteith. Soak up idyllic settings as you cross the lake to explore a peaceful, wooden island of Inchmahome Priory where Robert the Bruce sought solace and Mary Queen of Scots found safety.

Category:

Tourist Attraction

Address:

Port of Menteith, FK8 3RA

Phone:

01877 385294

Web Address:

https://www.historicenvironment.scot/visit-a-place/places/inchmahome-priory/

 

Inveraray Castle

Inveraray Castle is unquestionably, one of the most beautiful and enchanting historical castles in Scotland and is first and foremost a family residence to the Duke and Duchess of Arygll. Inveraray Castle & Gardens.  Argyll’s “Jewel in the Crown” is the family home of the Duke & Duchess of Argyll and their young family as well as ancestral home of the Clan Campbell. This romantic fairytale castle stands on the edge of Loch Fyne overlooking the beautiful little town of Inveraray.  Offering guided tours to coach parties of all sizes and with a wealth of information available it is only 55 miles from Glasgow Airport.

Category: Tourist Attraction

Address:

PA32 8XE

Phone: ( 0 ) 1499 302203

Email: enquiries@inveraray-castle.com

Web Address: http://www.inveraray-castle.com

 

Kelvingrove Art Gallery

Kelvingrove Museum opened in 1901 and is a firm favourite with local people and tourists. It has stunning architecture and a family friendly atmosphere. Kelvingrove Museum opened in 1901 and is a firm favourite with local people and tourists. It has stunning architecture and a family friendly atmosphere.  If you only have one day to explore Glasgow, Kelvingrove is a must see attraction!

Category: All Seasons Attraction

Address:

G3 8AG

Email: museums@glasgowlife.org.uk

Web Address: www.glasgowlife.org.uk/museums/venues/kelvingrove-art-gallery-and-museum

 

Loch Katrine & Sir Walter Steamship

Loch Katrine is the perfect place to start your Trossachs adventure. Take a minute, enjoy a bite and explore somewhere special. Loch Katrine is the perfect place to start your Trossachs adventure. Take a minute, enjoy a bite and explore somewhere special. From cycling expeditions to family walking adventures, to a cruise along the beautiful waters of Loch Katrine are some of the ways to enjoy the magnificent landscapes of the Trossachs.

Category: Tourist Attraction

Address:

Trossachs Pier, Loch Katrine, FK17 8HZ

Phone: (0) 1877 376315

Email: enquiries@lochkatrine.com

Web Address: www.lochkatrine.com/

 

Loch Lomond Birds of Prey

See Birds of Prey up close in magnificent surroundings at this Loch Lomond attraction. Loch Lomond Bird of Prey Centre is located within the boundaries of the first National Park in Scotland, Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park. This centre allows you the unique opportunity to get up close and personal with over 30 Birds of Prey & Owls within the magnificent surroundings of Loch Lomond. 

Category: Outdoor Activities

Address:

Balloch, G83 8QL

Phone: 01389 729239

Email: llbopc@gmail.com

Web Address:  www.lochlomondbirdofpreycentre.co.uk

 

Loch Lomond Pony Trekking

Their experienced ride leaders will take you on a leisurely trek through the tranquil countryside onto the more rugged terrain of the surrounding moorland that overlooks the national park, on our sure footed and well-mannered ponies. Emphasis is certainly placed on enjoying the splendour of overlooking one of the most impressive and iconic views in Scotland whilst on horseback.  Rest assured, you’ll experience unforgettable views of the landscape of Loch Lomond, whatever the season. The ideal opportunity for both novices and experienced equine riders to witness the very best that Scotland’s National Park has to offer.

Category: All Seasons Attraction

Address:

Tullichewan Farm, Upper Stoneymollan Road, G83 8QY

Phone: 07745 277 320

Email: info@lomond-ponytreks.co.uk

Web Address: http://lomond-ponytreks.co.uk/

 

Loch Lomond Sea Life Aquarium

A fantastic family attraction with the magical marine world of The Loch Lomond Aquarium and discover the strange, beautiful and fascinating creatures of the deep. Prepare for astonishing, close views of everything from humble starfish to mighty sharks, all in displays which carefully recreate their natural habitats.

Enjoy a fantastic family attraction with the magical marine world of The Sea Life Loch Lomond Aquarium. Discover a collection of over 1,500 strange, beautiful and fascinating creatures of the deep and prepare for astonishing close-up views of everything from humble starfish to the remarkable lives of seahorses and the largest collection of sharks in Scotland, all in displays which carefully recreate their natural habitats.

Other highlights include Scotland’s largest collection of sharks, a playful family of otters (Lily, Pickle & Cub) as well as being able to touch a starfish in the interactive hands-on rock pool experience (Feeding times can change so keep an eye on the Sea Life website).

Aquarium Location

Situated on the stunning Loch Lomond Shores, the Loch Lomond aquarium is just 30 minutes from Glasgow, 5 minutes’ walk from Balloch train station and open 7 days a week 10am – 5pm (last admission at 4pm – seasonal opening times do apply so please check www.visitsealife.com/loch-lomond for current opening times).

Visitors can move through each of the themed zones which take you from the Loch Lomond shores to the deep, dark ocean depths. Other zones include the tropical shark and seahorse nurseries as well as the coral reef tank.

After that, you can Head to the Observation Deck for unrivalled views of Loch Lomond and then enjoy an array of Hot & Cold drinks, snack, sandwiches and cakes which are available in the Loch View Cafe.

Aquarium Sleepovers

How could we not mention the VIP sleepovers? If your kids want to celebrate their birthday on the seabed and stare at our creatures then they can. The kids will get to experience a 60 minute aquarium tour then get treated to some snacks/nibbles. And if they want to take part in a craft workshop or watch a film in a 350 seater cinema then they can do that as well.

There’s plenty for everyone to enjoy at Sea Life Loch Lomond. The aquarium offers great fun for all the family, has a range of fun talks, animal feeds, special events, a quiz trail and fortunately is one activity in Scotland that’s not dependent on the weather. At every step, there are different amazing creatures to find, to watch and to learn about!

Conservation Commitment

With a commitment to conservation, Sea Life are known to care deeply about the oceans and the animals which live there. As a result, they will only host creatures which they believe will thrive in the environments which they can create for them. They also petition governments, raise awareness for a range of crucial marine issues and take part in the rehabilitation of various ocean dwelling, creatures.

Category: All Seasons Attraction

Address:

Drumkinnon Tower, Ben Lomond Way, Balloch, G83 8QL

Phone: 01389 721500

Email: scottishsealifemarketing@merlinentertainments.biz

Web Address: www.visitsealife.com/loch-lomond

 

Loch Lomond Waterski Club

Loch Lomond Waterski Club provides water-skiing lessons to club members, members of the public and tourists. Whether you are an experienced skier or a novice skier, all skill levels are welcome.

Category: Summer Attraction

Address:

Pier Road, Balloch, G83 8QX

Phone: 01436860632

Email: j.henderson555@btinternet.com

Web Address: www.lochlomondwaterskiclub.co.uk/

 

Stirling Castle

One of Scotland’s grandest castles due to its imposing position and impressive architecture, Stirling Castle commands the countryside for many miles around. It towers over some of the most important battlefields of Scotland’s past including Stirling Bridge, the site of William Wallace’s victory over the English in 1297, and Bannockburn where Robert the Bruce defeated the same foe in the summer of 1314.

Website: www.stirlingcastle.gov.uk

 

Stirling Distillery

With a visitor’s centre, shop and soon-to-be renovated garden, Stirling Distillery has plenty to offer. Gin tours and tastings, masterclasses, drinks education, training and seasonal events run throughout the year. Stirling Distillery makes, bottles and labels all of its products on site, by hand, and has an arresting view of Stirling Castle from its front door.

Category: All Seasons Attraction

Address:

9 Lower Castlehill, FK8 1EN

Email: hello@stirlinggin.co.uk

Web Address: https://stirlinggin.co.uk/

 

Stirling Ghostwalks

Stirling Ghostwalks have been a popular tourist attraction in the Royal Burgh's Old Town area for 30 years, offering a unique mix of comedy, drama and storytelling to the thousands of visitors to Stirling.

Join Stirling Old Town’s most grumblesome Ghoul – the Happy Hangman, Jock Rankin on a dramatic, yet comical storytelling guided tour through Stirling’s city grounds. – “Fear, Fun and Frights for all the family”

Category: All Seasons Attraction

Address:

Saint John Street, FK8 1EA

Web Address: http://www.stirlingghostwalk.com/

 

The Falkirk Wheel

The Falkirk Wheel is a magnificent, mechanical marvel which has been constructed to 21st century, state-of-the-art engineering.

The Falkirk Wheel is a rotating boat lift in Scotland, connecting the Forth and Clyde Canal with the Union Canal. With boat trips,a cafe, gift shop, a children’s adventure play zone, water-sports activities including a mini-canal waterwalkerz, canoeing, bicycle hire and woodland walks, there is something for everyone to enjoy at The Falkirk Wheel!

Category: Tourist Attraction

Address:

Lime Road, Falkirk, FK1 4RS

Web Address: https://www.scottishcanals.co.uk/falkirk-wheel/

 

The Kelpies

The Kelpies, designed by Scottish sculptor Andy Scott, and they're the largest pair of equine sculptures in the world.

The Helix is home to The Kelpies, two 30-metre-high horse head sculptures which are a true feat of engineering. Come and visit the world’s largest equine sculpture up close and even go inside to appreciate the complexity and the engineering which created these fantastic art sculptures. The Helix also provides a number of activities such as cycling, walking, watersports and much more.

Category: Tourist Attraction

Address:

The Kelpies, The Helix,, Falkirk, FK2 7ZT

Web Address: http://www.thehelix.co.uk/things-to-do/the-kelpies

 

The National Wallace Monument

Discover the life and legacy of Sir William Wallace at Stirling’s famous landmark, overlooking the scene of his greatest victory at the Battle of Stirling Bridge.

A national landmark, where visitors discover the life and legacy of the patriot and martyr Sir William Wallace. When you reach the Crown at the top of the Monument the 360° views will take your breath away. It’s one of the finest sights Scotland has to offer, from Ben Lomond and the Trossachs in the west, and through the Forth Valley past the city of Stirling and the Ochil Hills, to the Pentland Hills in the east.

Category: Tourist Attraction

Address:

Abbey Craig, Hillfoots Road, Causewayhead, Stirling, FK9 5LF

Phone: (01786) 472140

Email: info@nationalwallacemonument.com

Web Address: http://www.nationalwallacemonument.com/

 

The Scottish Crannog Centre

Join the 21st Century Crannog Community where you will be guaranteed a warm welcome and taken on a fascinating journey into Scotland's prehistory.

Walk in the footsteps of the original Crannog dwellers and immerse yourself in village life with original artefacts; demonstrations of textiles, cooking and ancient crafts & technologies; paddle into prehistory in one of our replica log boats and take in the atmosphere inside the Crannog Roundhouse.

Bring your picnic and make a day of it surrounded by the stunning landscape of Loch Tay. Dogs are also welcome.

Opened following the reconstruction of an Iron Age Crannog as an archaeological experiment, the Scottish Crannog Centre has evolved over the years to become a unique insight into life in the Iron Age.  Throughout your visit, you will find a team of passionate, knowledgeable and friendly interpreters to help transport you through your Iron Age adventure.

Category: All Seasons Attraction

Address:

Kenmore Loch Tay, Nr Aberfeldy, Perthshire, Loch Tay, PH15 2HY

Phone: +44 (0)1887 830583

Email: info@crannog.co.uk

Web Address: http://www.crannog.co.uk/