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Places of Interest

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Auchengarrich Wildlife Park: Comrie: www.auchengarrich.co.uk

Blair Drummond Safari Park: near Stirling www.blairdrummond.com

Boat Hire: Drummond Estates Boat Hire, Ardveich Bay. Boats for hire with 4HP outboard engines for fishing or pleasure on Loch Earn. More details from www.drummondtroutfarm.co.uk

Cluny House Gardens: For people who love gardens, this unusual woodland garden boasts Britain’s widest conifer at 11 metres, a plethora of Himalayan plants and red squirrels. Woodland plants for sale and you can even borrow a walking stick! Open all year round (see website for opening hours and prices, which contribute to the feeding of the red squirrels and wild birds ). Just 3.5 miles from Aberfeldy on the Weem to Strathtay Road, Perthshire PH15 2JT  www.clunyhousegardens.com

Crannogs: were ancient dwellings, built 2,500 years ago, in which families and their stock would live, often out on lochs.

The Scottish Crannog Centre, Kenmore on Loch Tay was the subject of Channel 4’s Time Team and has an authentic crannog reconstruction to visit, as well as an interactive exhibition and demonstrations of ancient tools and crafts, which you and your children can enjoy trying out.  Check our What’s On pages for seasonal events at the Crannog. Awarded The Greenest Tourist Attraction in the UK 2013-2014. Closed for the winter from 1 November, reopening on 1 April.  www.crannog.co.uk

Cruachan Pumped Storage Power Station, near Loch Awe.  Hidden deep within the mountain of Ben Cruachan on the shores of Loch Awe is Cruachan Power Station.  A short distance from Oban, you can discover one of the hidden wonders of the Highlands.  This power station is buried one kilometre below the ground.  At its centre lies a massive cavern, high enough to house the Tower of London!  Enormous turbines convert the power of water into electricity, available to you in your home at the flick of a switch. Interactive displays in the Visitor Centre give everyone the chance to find out how the Power Station operates and demonstrates the way in which power will be generated well into the future.  www.visitcruachan.co.uk

Cycling and Cycle Hire: Balquhidder is a quiet road which provides easy access to the Sustrans 7 cycleway from Callander to Killin. Mounter Bikes, based in Callander, is open 7 days a week and  offers cycle hire and repairs http://scottishcyclehire.co.uk

Doune Castle: The late 14th century courtyard castle on the banks of the River Teith, which has been featured in several movies, including ‘Ivanhoe’ (1952), ‘Monty Python & The Holy Grail’ (1974) and more recently the set for Winterfell in the TV series ‘Game of Thrones’ and also ‘Outlander’.  http://www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/propertyresults/propertyoverview.htm?PropID=PL_092&PropName=DouneCastle

Falkirk Wheel: explore the Falkirk Wheel, the world’s only rotating boat lift, where the Union Canal meets the Forth & Clyde canal. Visit the website for boat trips, guided walks and other information www.thefalkirkwheel.co.uk

The Famous Grouse Experience: near Crieff www.thefamousgrouse.com/visit-us/visitor-centre/tours-prices

Fishing: There is a wealth of salmon, sea trout and brown trout in both lochs and rivers. Balquhidder lochs Voil and Doine together with the river Balvaig provide good wild trout fishing. Day and weekly permits are available in Lochearnhead and Callander. Or visit www.drummondtroutfarm.co.uk to hire boats and stocks or fishing tackle etc. Loch Earn offers brown trout, rainbow trout, arctic char, grayling and occasional salmon.

Learn Fly Fishing: for individuals, groups (minimum 8 years of age) www.fishing-scotland.co.uk

Glass: Make your own glass paperweight or paint your own glass at Caithness Glass, Crieff Visitor Centre www.caithnessglass.co.uk/visitor-centre

Glencoe, Glen Etive and Rannoch Moor: Explore the dramatic landscape of this area approx 80 minutes drive from Balquhidder. Glencoe Mountain Resort offers summer and winter activities, including chair lift rides www.glencoemountain.com

Gleneagles offers equestrian school, falconry, golf, fishing, shooting and off-road driving to non-residents www.gleneagles.com It is just under an hour’s drive from Balquhidder.

Go Ape: Aberfoyle – zip wires, Tarzan swings for thrill seekers in the Queen Elizabeth Forest http://goape.co.uk/days-out/aberfoyle

Golf: There are a number of golf clubs and courses in the area.  Buy the Highland Golf Ticket from, and valid for any of the following clubs with nine hole courses  (5 days of golf £70.00, 3 days of golf £45.00).  Individual course prices at the different clubs:

Other golf courses can be found in Callander www.callandergolfclub.co.uk and further afield at the famous Gleneagles www.gleaneagles.com/golf

Guided Tours – Highland Safaris: in Aberfeldy provide standard and tailored safaris taking in the nature, culture and history www.highlandsafaris.net or Hidden Glen Safaris, based in Balquhidder, offers differing trips for up to 8 people to explore the area, the wildlife and the history of Scotland’s famous folk hero and outlaw Rob Roy MacGregor http://hiddenglensafaris.co.uk

Horse Riding: Can be found at Mains of Taymouth Stables, Kenmore www.taymouth.co.uk/on-site-facilities/stables.htm, Castle Redknock Farm, Port of Monteith www.trosssachstrekking.com, Crieff Hydro Riding School www.crieffhydro.com/leisure/things-to-do/horse-riding.aspx and Alichmore Stables Riding School, Crieff http://riding-schools.com/perthshire/crieff/alichmore-stables.asp.  Also see Trekking below.

Inverary Castle and Garden, Inverary, Argyll is the ancestral home of the Duke and Duchess of Argyll, Chief of the Clan Campbell http://www.inveraray-castle.com/home.html

Loch Lomond Bird of Prey Centre: Loch Lomond Shores, Ben Lomond Way, Balloch, Alexandria, Dunbartonshire G83 8QL. Home to 35 birds and over 25 species. Meet and get close to Orla the golden eagle and Smudge to the little owl. www.lochlomondbirdofpreycentre.co.uk

National Trust Scotland: Visit the website www.nts.org.uk for activities and events to be found all over Scotland.

Red Kites: On the Braes of Doune, there is a hide and feeding station for red kites http://argatyredkites.co.uk

Rob Roy MacGregor was born at the end of Loch Katrine, lived and died in Balquhidder at Inverlochlarig Beg at the end of Balquhidder Glen.  His grave is in the Kirkton of Balquhidder.  For more information visit www.robroycountry.com/index.php/Rob-Roy-MacGregor.htm

Scone Palace, Perth PH2 6BD: Important religious gathering place for the Picts and the crowning place of the Kings of Scots including Macbeth and Robert The Bruce. Outstanding collection of antiques, paintings and rare artefacts.,  The grounds celebrate nature, a kitchen garden and Perthshire’s only maze comprising 2000 beech trees, planted in a way to create a unique tartan effect. The Gothic Scone Palace is open every day during the season (admission charges apply) with free winter access to the grounds, where you will find the Old Servants’ Hall Coffee Shop and Christmas/Food Shop on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays (10am to 4pm). Tours available. Check the website for events, exhibitions and activities www.scone-palace.co.uk

The Scottish Real Ale Shop at The Lade Inn, Kilmahog, Callander FK17 8DN. Discover 160 beers from over 35 microbreweries http://scottishrealales.com

Skiing, Snowboarding and Winter Sports – In winter skiing, snowboarding, sledging and avalanche rescue training are available at Glencoe Mountain Resort. 19 runs across 7 lifts cater for skiers and boarders of all levels, including the longest and steepest runs in Scotland.www.glencoemountain.com

Sir Walter Scott Steamship on Loch Katrine.  This magnificently refurbished steamer (and the Lady of the Lake) has been sailing on Loch Katrine since 1899.  You too can enjoy the experience www.lochkatrine.com

Stirling Castle: www.stirlingcastle.gov.uk

Theatre: Pitlochry Festival Theatre.  Check the website to discover a packed programme of plays, musicals, comedy, ceilidhs and concerts, plus tours, talks and festivals http://pitlochry.org.uk

Trekking – Castle Redknock Farm, Port of Monteith offers Pony Trekking, Segway Trekking, Quad Pods, Shetland Driving and Orienteering www.trosssachstrekking.com

Wallace Monument: the monument to Sir William Wallace of ‘Braveheart’ fame, the hero who led Scotland to victory against King Edward I of England in 1297 www.nationalwallacemonument.com

Walks – Local walks can be found at http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/lochlomond/strathyre-lochearnhead.shtml  Search the same website for details of nearby Munros.

Water Sports – On Loch Tay Legend Sailing offers archery, kayaking, canyoning, clay pigeon shooting, quad biking, paintballing, Canadian canoe trips, river rafting, sailing, mountain biking and downhill cycle trips www.legendsailing.co.uk

Whalewatching: Sea.fari Adventures Oban offer various whalewatching and wildlife trips to see Minke whale, seals, dolphins and porpoises, seabirds  and the world’s third largest whirlpool at the Gulf of Corryvreckan. Advance booking advisable www.seafari.co.uk

Whisky Distilleries – visit and join a tour to find out about the local amber nectar at the Deanston Brewery on the shores of the River Teith at Doune www.deanstonmalt.com or try The Famous Grouse Experience, near Crieff www.thefamousgrouse.com/visit-us/visitor-centre/tours-prices

Wildlife – If you are lucky you may spot wild red and roe deer, red squirrels, pine martens, osprey and otters.

Wildlife Tours of Perthshire – guided walks and tours throughout Perthshire, including foraging opportunities and observing European beaver populations. www.perthshirewildlife.co.uk