PLACES TO VISIT AND THINGS TO
We have put together a few ideas of things to do, places to go and see, we hope that you will find this useful.
Cycling: Sustrans Cycle Route 7 is right on our doorstep. This is an excellent long distance cycle network allowing you to see the most stunning scenery in our area. It connects many town and villages and you can decide where to start and end your tour. To get on it from the hotel go up to the T Junction and turn left and go to the start of the village where you will see the Episcopalian church go up past that and you will then join the cycle track which you can then go towards Callander or go up to Killin or further.
Walks: There are various walks in and around the area. You can walk along the cycle track mentioned above. There is also a 6 mile walk through Glen Ample to Loch Lubnaig where you can enjoy the scenery and watch the wildlife in their natural habitat. For the more adventurous there are several mountains to climb all within 30 minutes’ drive from the hotel.
Ben Vorlich (985m) rises above Loch Earn on the south side and is one of the best known Scottish Mountains. From the top you get excellent views into the highlands and lowlands of Scotland
Ben Lawers (1219.2m) is the highest mountain in the southern highlands. It lies on the north side of Loch Tay near Killin approximately 9 miles from the hotel.
Ben More (1000m) is situated near Crianlarich on the A85 at Benmore Farm
Ben Ledi (879m) a gentler climb. This is near Callander 13 miles from the hotel on the A84
Balquhidder (7 miles)
Rob Roys Grave. Rob Roy was a Scottish Outlaw, who later became a folk hero. His grave is situated in the very picturesque village of Balquhidder about 5 miles from the hotel.
Loch Katrine (18 Miles)
Steamship Sir Walter Scott. The steamship is the flagship and jewel in the Loch Katrine experience’s crown. With over 100 year’s sailings to her name, this world famous steamship has captivated visitors for almost a century. Connecting every aspect of the Loch Katrine experience, it brings together the best of adventure, relaxation, history and scenery – all in one experience. Sailings depart from the Trossachs Pier to Stronachlachar daily.
Doune (21 miles)
The Scottish Antique and Art Centre. This offers and inspiring shopping experience suiting many tastes, budgets and interest. This centre has three halls of antique and vintage shopping at its best.
Doune Castle. This is a medieval stronghold originally built in the 13th century
Blair Drummond (22 miles)
Safari Park. The safari park features drive-through reserves, a boat safari, amusements, children’s play areas and a petting zoo. Open March to October
Stirling (30 miles)
Stirling Castle. Stirling Castle is one of Scotland’s grandest castles due to its imposing position and impressive architecture. The Scenery will take your breath away.
Wallaces Monument. A National hero, a national landmark, enjoy stunning views over Stirling and follow the story of Sir William Wallace, patriot, martyr Guardian of Scotland
Killin (6 miles)
Fingal’s Cave. Killin is said to be the burial place of the mythical Celtic giant and warrior, Fingal. This is the same Fingal who gave his name to Fingal’s Cave on the Island of Staffa and the giant of the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland.
McNabs Burial Site. This is situated on an island “Inchbuie” in the Falls of Dochart at Killin. Access is by a small iron gate down a flight of steps on the side of the Dochart Bridge.
Falls of Dochart Killin, as you drive into Killin the falls are on your right. Admire the misty spray rising in the air as the waters crash into the rocks.
The Crannog. Discover what life was like 2,500 years ago at the Scottish Crannog Centre, a unique reconstruction of an ancient loch dwelling sitting over Loch Tay. Fun, exciting, inspirational and informative, this award winning centre has something for everyone, from the youngest explorer to the serious knowledge seeker!
Aberfeldy (30 miles)
The Birks of Aberfeldy. This beautiful short walk is extremely popular. Popularised in a song by Robert Burns, the fine walk up the steep gorge of the Moness burn reveals several waterfalls.
Crieff (19 Miles)
Drummond Castle Gardens. These are one of Europe’s and Scotland’s most important and impressive formal gardens. The castle is known for its gardens, described by Historic Scotland as “the best example of formal terraced gardens in Scotland.”
The Famous Grouse Experience in Crieff. Glenturret Distillery is a unique whisky experience blending the popularity of one of the UK’s most successful whiskies.
Dewar’s Aberfeldy Distillery. Your visit to Dewar’s Aberfeldy Distillery, Scotland’s most exciting and innovative brand home combines tradition with the latest interactive technology to tell the story of the Dewar family
Deanston whisky distillery tours allow you to experience the craft and devotion that goes into every drop of Deanston whiskies.
There are three golf courses all close to the hotel.
St Fillans is at the bottom end of the loch from us and it is a 9 hole course.
Killin is an 18 hole course,
Callander is an 18 hole course
If you just fancy a wee drive there are various places to go as we are very central to most places but two of our favourites are:
1. Lochearnhead – Killin – Kenmore – Aberfeldy – Sma Glen – Gilmerton – Crieff – Comrie – St Fillans – Lochearnhead. This is a lovely circular tour taking in breathtaking scenery and you can stop off at any of the little villages and towns.
2. Lochearnhead – Crianlarich – Tyndrum -Glencoe – Fort William – Glencoe – Oban – Tyndrum – Crianlarich – Lochearnhead. You will see spectacular scenery, driving through the atmospheric Glencoe and along the shores of Loch Linnhe to Oban.
Enjoy your stay with us and if you require any more information please ask.
CYCLING BREAKS AT CLACHAN HOTEL
Lochearnhead is the ideal destination for a cycling break with the stunning Loch on the doorstep, the rolling hills to enjoy and of course a hearty, honest Scottish meal prepared on your return.
Whether you’re a two-wheeled enthusiast bringing your own bike, or an eager novice looking to rent one of the Clachan Cottage Hotel bikes for free, you’ll find great enjoyment in exploring the beautiful Scottish countryside on two wheels.
EAT- SLEEP- BIKE
The Clachan Cycling Breaks are becoming very popular with the beginner or experienced cyclist, the bike days are organised to sure that you get cycling as easy as possible, just bring some sensible cycling gear and off you go.
Mountain bikes are provided free to residents on 2 night cycle breaks.
Charges apply for Cyclo-cross or E – bikes.
There are a large number of routes to explore with all different skills ranges, you can toddle up the glen ogle trail for a few hours of fun or you can head on the glen ample trip for a five hour blast, you decide, maps provided.
The guided tours comprise a 10.30 start and the routes selected will depend on how energetic you feel, but all will include a lunch stop somewhere along the route.
A guided tour has the advantage that you can’t get lost and you have good local knowledge with you.
Guided tours .. E- bike hire .. Cyclo- cross ..
Phone the hotel to enquire about prices for the above.
All bikes have to be pre-arranged, we suggest you phone the hotel to discuss your requirements and to guarantee availability.
Call us directly to enquire about our ‘Eat, Sleep, Bike’ Packages available throughout the year.