The Three Lochs – 1 hour:
North up the A82 on Loch Lomondside to Tarbet, take the A83 to Arrochar on Loch Long, turn left on A814 towards Helensburgh, turn left on to B832 leading you back to A.82 and Shantron.
1 Turn left at Inverbeg and wind your way through Glen Douglas until you reach the A.814 and turn left towards Helensburgh.
2 At the top of Sinclair Street turn left in to Kennedy Drive and “Hill House”
is on your right. Go back to Sinclair Street, B832, turn left and go back
3 If you prefer at Garelochhead you can take the B.833 down to Rosneath
Peninsula and drive to Helensburgh and Shantron
4 Or when on the A.814 at Garelochhead turn left on to the A817 leading to
Loch Lomond and the A.82 which will bring you back to Shantron from
Cruising on Loch Lomond:
1 There are ½ hour boat cruises from Luss Pier.
2 In Balloch “Sweeney’s Cruises” have varied trips – www.sweeney.uk.com
3 From Tarbet “Cruise Loch Lomond” sail down to Inverbeg - web
4 Balmaha – you can take the Mailboat round the Island and on - web
Inchmurrin have your Lunch – depending on which day you choose.
Loch Lomond Shores and National Park Gateway Centre, Balloch
www.lochlomondshores.com From the National Park Gateway Centre www.lochlomond-trossachs.org with all the information you need for your stay in the area there are shops and eating places with stunning walks, an Aquarium opening shortly. Farmers’ Markets and many other activities are organised for your interest. Can You – for canoeing and bike hire – www.canyouexperience.com
Luss is a small Village on the banks of Loch Lomond and commends one of the many scenic locations in the area. There is a large car park, village shop and post office, tourist shops, 2 hotels and coffee shop. The area was the setting for the Scottish soap “High Road” and was the village of Glendarroch. The local Church nestles near the shore of the Loch and has beautiful stained glass windows and a hammer beam roof. There are nice walks along the shore and up Luss Water leading up Luss Glen.
Helensburgh, Dumbarton and Vale of Leven:
Helensburgh is a Victorian seaside town and is renowned for many examples of fine architecture – Hill House designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, www.nts.org.uk the Helensburgh Blossom Festival from 17 to 23 April Scotland's unique Spring walking, arts, music and environmental Festival - with a wee touch of Japanese culture – www.blossom.helensburgh.info
Dumbarton has a rich history as the ancient capital of Strathclyde, Dumbarton Castle, to shipyard, marine engineering works and glass works to present day Whisky and electronic industries. Visit the Scottish Maritime Museum – Denny Tank world’s oldest ship model test tank built in 1883.
Alexandria and surrounding towns and villages used to specialise from bleach fields to dyeing and bringing techniques to day’s industries of Whisky blending, light engineering and clothing.
West Highland Train from Helensburgh to Fort William and Mallaig and journey on “One of the Great Train Journey’s in the world. – www.steamtrain.info
Clyde Marine Trips:
Enjoy your morning coffee aboard the Kennilworth for a cruise on the Clyde Estuary
Have a Sail to Rothesay and visit Mount Stuart and gardens www.mountstuart.com
Cruise to Gourock
Cruise on the Waverley
Inveraray and Loch Awe – 45 minutes:
Up the Lochside on the A82, at Tarbet take the A83 through Arrochar, up the Rest and Be Thankful. Take a detour to Ardkinlas Woodland Gardens, visit the Tree Shop next to the Oyster Bar on your way to Inveraray www.hereweare-uk.com As you go over the bridge into Inveraray you will see the magnificent Castle www.inveraray-castle.com on your right, in the town there is the old Town Jail www.inverarayjail.co.uk The Bell Tower with stunning views over Loch Fyne, or visit the Inveraray Woollen Mill and the Artic Penguin Museum. For Children there is the Argyll Wild Life Park and south of Inveraray Argyll Riding Ltd www.horserides.co.uk and Auchindrain Open Air Museum. To leave Inveraray take the A819 by Loch Awe turning left on to A.85 towards Dalmally which joins the A82 through Crianlarich, down through the hills and glens through Glen Falloch, Ardlui, Inveruglas and back to Shantron.
Travel times to:
Glencoe – 1½ hours.
Fort William 2 hours.
Mallaig – 3 hours.
Skye – 3 hours.
Inverness – 3 ¾ hours
Oban – 2 hours:
Up the Lochside on the A82 and taker the A85 to Oban, just after Loch Awe there is the
Cruachan Power Station and then on to Oban visit the Sea Life Centre, Distillery, view McCaig’s Folly. From here you can journey on a ferry to Mull and Iona www.historic-scotland.gov.uk
Coming back to Shantron you can journey down from Oban on the A816 taking you through Kilmartin Glen www.kilmartin.org with its standing stones and hill forts on to Lochgilphead and then back through Inveraray on the A83, A82 to Shantron.
Campbeltown on the Mull of Kintyre – 3 hours
Dunoon and the Cowal Peninsula – 1 ¼ hours
Benmore Botanic Gardens www.rbge.org.uk
Quadmania for the outdoor experience www.quadmaniascotland.co.uk
Campsies – 2 hours
East Loch Lomond – 45 minutes:
On the A82 turn right towards Balloch, take the A811 passing through Gartocharn, coming to a “T” junction turn left, remaining on the A.811 turn left into Drymen. Take the B837 to Balmaha and east Loch Lomond. This road continues on a single track which winds its way along the scenic shore of the Loch to Rowardennan where you can climb Ben Lomond or just enjoy the magnificent scenery.
The Trossachs – 45 minutes to Aberfoyle:
On the A82 turn right towards Balloch, take the A811 passing through Gartocharn, coming to a “T” junction turn left and remain on the A811 until the junction with A81 where you turn left for Aberfoyle. Visit the Sheep and Wool Centre and be entertained by Fergus Wood, walk in the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park. Journey on through the Trossachs through the Dukes Pass on the A821 to Loch Katrine www.lochkatrine.com and sail on the SS Sir Walter Scott or hire bikes to travel round the area. Drive on the A821 past Loch Venachar to Callander and the Rob Roy Centre www.royroyvisitorcentre.com then travel through Kilmahog, detour at Kinghouse to Balquidder for Rob Roy’s Grave and back to Kingshouse on the A84 towards Lochearnhead then on A85 through Glen Ogle. At Lix Toll turn right towards Killin Breadalbane Folklore Centre and the Falls of Dochart. Turn back and return to A85 to Crianlarich where you turn left and travel back down Loch Lomondside.
Stirling – 45 minutes
On to A.82 turn right towards Balloch, take the A811 passing through Gartocharn and remain on A.811 following signs for Stirling passing through villages of Buchlyvie and Arnprior. You will see Stirling Castle with the Wallace Monument www.nationalwallacemonument.com in the distance.
The views from both are fabulous. Visit also Stirling Bridge, Old Town Jail www.oldtownjail.com Church of the Holy Rude and many more historic monuments to the past. There is the Bannockburn Heritage Centre www.nts.org.uk on the A.872, Cambuskenneth Abbey on the A907.
You can travel on to Falkirk and visit the stunning Callander House and marvel at the engineering of the Falkirk Wheel.
Glasgow – 40 minutes driving
Train leaving Balloch every 30 minutes – alight at Queen Street Station and in George Square board the City Tour Bus which will enable you to visit most places:
On the A.82 continue on this road right into Glasgow, continue on Great Western Road in the City and will lead you to Buchanan Street Parking area where you can walk down to George Square. I have maps to help you.
Visit – Glasgow Cathedral, People’s Palace, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Transport Museum, Glasgow University, Huntarian Museum and Art Gallery, The Art School – designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, The City Chambers,
Scottish Football Museum www.scottishfootballmuseum.org.uk
Edinburgh 1 ½ hour driving:
You could drive to Stirling and take a train from there.
Ayrshire – Rabbie Burns Country – 1 ¾ hour
Lanarkshire and the Clyde Valley – 1 ¼ hours
Perth – 1 ½ hours
Mill Trail – visit the many Mill shops in Alloa and Tillicoultry and surrounding area – all day.
The Colquhoun Arms Hotel
The Lodge on Loch Lomond
The Stables Restaurant
The Kilted Skirlie – Lomond Shores – opening summer 2006
The Hungry Monk, Gartocharn
Upper Crust, Helensburgh
Café Lahore, Helensburgh
The Great Wall Chinese Restaurant, Helensburgh
Commodore Carvery, Helensburgh
Cruin Restaurant, Lomond Castle Lodges
Duck Bay Marina, Arden
The Loch Fyne Oyster Bar
The Village Inn, Arrochar
Inverbeg Inn, Loch Lomond
McTavish’s – Oban and Fort William – Restaurant and Scottish Show
Loch Lomond – Dougie McIntyre – 01389 753559
Permits – Loch Lomond Park Centre Luss
I & A Gibson, 225 Bank Street, Alexandria
Macfarlane & Son, Balmaha