The Local Area
The Trossachs, made famous by Queen Victoria, Rob Roy and Sir Walter Scott, has many cycle tracks and fine walks. Also you can take a boat ride in a Victorian steamship on Loch Katrine (take a bike and cycle back 14 miles with a picnic), a ferry to the Island of Inchmahome, go to beaches on the shores of Loch Lomond; there’s horse riding, Go Ape, zip wire course, McLaren Leisure Centre, Segway, West Highland Way, Glengoyne Whisky Distillery, highland shops and restaurants in nearby Aberfoyle, Drymen and Callander, and there are a number of local golf courses. Stirling Castle, Wallace Monument and Bannockburn are just a short drive away. All within 10-30 minutes of the house.
Trained at Sotheby’s, Jo is an experienced guide of Country Houses, from Blair Castle and Scone Palace in Perthshire, to Dalmeny House near Edinburgh, down to the Borders. There are also wonderful local gardens to enjoy.
Jo would welcome groups of up to 6 for both cultural and activity guided tours. She would enjoy cooking breakfast and a ‘dinner party’, together with packing up a picnic lunch to accompany your activity.
The Weld Forester experience is one that you will enjoy – including eating at home at the Old Manse (by appointment), where they try to live round the year on vegetables and fruits from the garden, also there are several good eating places within an 8-mile radius, including a pub in the village.
Places To Eat
Black Bull in the Village (5 minutes walk) – www.blackbullhotel.net
Crossed Keys in Kippen (l5 minutes) – www.kippencrosskeys.com
Inn at Kippen (15 minutes) – www.innatkippen.com
Lake Hotel in Port of Menteith (10 minutes) – www.lake-hotel.com
Roman Camp in Callander (25 minutes) – www.romancamphotel.co.uk