Tours of Scotland,
The vast expanse
of Loch Lomond's waters and the sharp peaks and forest-covered
slopes of Trossachs country fulfil a popular ideal of Scotland
based on the poems and novels of Sir Walter Scott. To the south
lie the remains of the Antonine Wall, built across the narrowest
part of Scotland and marking what was the northern extremity
of Roman territory in Britain.
North of village is
Queen Elizabeth Forest Park Visitor Centre, with informative
displays. Facilities for forest walks, pony treks, boating and
fishing. Old slate quarries and site of Aberfoyle Quarries village
on hills above Aberfoyle.
Part of Queen Elizabeth
Forest Park. Achray Forest Drive is a 7 mile route with fine
view of Tross-achs, and good opportunities for observing wildlife.
Picnic sites, parking places and marked paths.
Weavers' Cottages Museum
comprises two cottages built 1780. Gives insight into lives
of weavers and displays local artefacts. Wide views from Airdtiehill.
Roman wall built a
AD 142 stretching 37 miles from sea to sea at narrowest part
of Scotland. Ran from Bowling on the Clyde to Bo'ness on the
Forth, and was built of turf and clay on stone base some 14ft
wide. May have reached height of 12ft. Huge ditch 12ft deep
on north side of wall is still visible in places. Wall had been
finally abandoned by AD 214.
largest and greatest domestic design, brought to life in 1990.
Contains four of his finest interiors.
Castle Country Park
Public park on southern
shore of Loch Lomond covering 200 acres. Nature trails, guided
walks, wailed garden and picnic lawns with views of loch. Castle,
built 1808, contains visitor centre.
Roman bathhouse, used
by soldiers stationed on Antonine Wall during 2nd century AD.
Drummond Safari and Leisure Park
Animals can be seen
at dose quarters from car or bus. Features include monkey jungle,
boat nip to Chimp Island and cable car across lake. Other attractions
include adventure playground and cinema showing 3-D films.
Remains of one of Scotland's
finest medieval buildings, built 13th century, stand on crag
above River Clyde. Dismantled in 14th century following siege,
and later restored by powerful Douglas family after 3rd Earl,
Archibald the Grim, acquired it by marriage and made it his
seat in 1362.
Holiday resort and
base for walks and drives around Trossachs and Loch Katrine,
with 18th-century homes around Ancaster Square.
Trust in West Canal Street is museum of industrial and social
history. Working machinery and tram-way, excavations of 1835
ironworks and restored canal.
Mansion, 19th century,
set in landscaped gardens, contains local history museum. Banqueting
hall and two rooms displaying paintings by local artists can
be seen. Woodland walks, children's zoo, ruins of castle demolished
by Cromwell and picnic areas.
Moat surrounds well-preserved
14th-century castle of four floors. Gatehouse tower 95ft high.
Walk along walls affords good views of surrounding country.
Doune Motor Museum contains veteran, vintage and post-vintage
Castle built above
River Clyde in 5th century -- only Wallace Tower and some 17th
and 18th-century fortifications remain, as well as sundial given
to town by Mary, Queen of Scots. Denny Ship Model Experiment
Tank is world's oldest -- visitors can see wax hull forms being
House and Garden
Ten-acre estate has
formal garden, woodland walks, picnic sites, play areas and
visitor centre. Tours of house can be arranged.
Four hamlets in Endrick
Valley. Views across Clyde Valley from Lennoktown road. Loup
of Fintry, 90ft waterfall, 3 miles east.
Footpath up nearby
Duncryne Hill allows views of Loch Lomond and its islands.
Victoria Park and Fossil Grove
Park contains formal
flower garden, arboretum and Fossil Grove, with fossilised stumps
of 330-million-year-old trees.
Zoo specialises in
big cats and reptiles. Children's showground, long walks, picnic
Children's museum in
1585 castle, showing daily life over last 400 years. Landscaped
gardens include knot garden.
Views from above Snaid
Burn ravine take in 'Arrochar Alps' and narrows of Loch Lomond.
waterfall above tiny harbour, foot-bridge leads south along
West Highland Way, beside loch.
Church of St Mary,
built 1644, now restored as centre for exhibitions. Next door
is museum of domestic life.
Wildlife includes roe
deer, red deer, foxes, wildcats and swans. Large choice of forest
Reservoir in Trossachs,
surrounded by woodlands. Visitor centre at Trossachs Pier is
starting point for walk through woods and departure point for
rides in turn-of-the-century steamer.
Largest loch in Scotland
-- 23 miles long, up to Smiles wide, and 630ft at deepest point
-- with 38 islands. Regular pleasure cruises start from Luss,
Balloch and Tarbet.
Village of stone cottages
with rose gardens, next to Loch Lomond. 1875 church has ancient
stone font and medieval effigy of St Kessog.
Ancient woods, open
moorland, lochside marshes and remains of 14th-century Mugdock
Castle in this 500 acre park.
Reputed to be birthplace
of St Patrick -- hence name. Church built 1812 on site of older
Paisley Museum and
Art Gallery houses world famous collection of Paisley shawls
and traces devel-opment of Paisley pattern. Also collections
of local history, natural history, ceramics and Scottish painting.
Sins' Shot Cottages restored as typical Victorian mill-workers'
houses and Weaver's Cottage. Paisley Abbey founded in 1163 --
much 14th and 15th-century architecture remains, as well as
stained-glass windows and one of finest church organs in Europe.
Coats Observatory, built 1882, is now one of Scotland's best-equipped
Burrelli collection is main attraction of this 360 acre parkland.
Items include ceramics, bronzes, Oriental jade, tapestries,
silver and glassware, furniture, needlework, prints and paintings.
Pollok House, Georgian mansion, has one of finest Spanish painting
collections in Britain, with works by Goya and El Greco. Country
park centred on Old Stables Courtyard beside a weir on White
Cart Water. Interpretation centre illustrates history and wildlife
Viewpoint 12 miles
north-west of Glasgow from which Queen Victoria, in 1879, gained
her first view of Loch Lomond. Spot reached by short, stiff
climb up path from west side of A809. Good 1'/2 mile walk westwards
to The Whangie, with rocky outcrops.
car park starting point for walks through woodland offering
views of sur-rounding mountains. Part of Queen Elizabeth Forest
Visitor centre, situated
in extensive picnic area, has display that illustrates working
forest. Variety of walks. Part of Queen Elizabeth Forest Park.