The Trossachs, sometimes referred to as "Scotland in Minature" as it is a reflection of Scotland as a whole for its scenic beauty consisting of Forest, Lochs and Glens. From The Bield, a 10 minute walk will take you to The David Marshall Lodge Visitor Centre with many displays and wildlife information and also a shop and Cafe with magnificent views. Aberfoyle now forms a gateway village to The Trossachs and Loch Lomond National Park, Scotland's first National Park established in 2002. There are miles of waymarked cycling and walking routes for you to explore in The Park with cycle hire available nearby and bikes can be stored at the bed and breakfast. For the more energetic, maybe a walk to the top of Limecraig or Craigmore, hills within a short walking distance from the Guest House.
The Trossachs is Rob Roy MacGregor country as the hero, or villian, was immortilised in the novel by Sir Walter Scott in 1817 which told the story of Rob Roy and his life in The Trossachs. Sir Walter Scott had earlier promoted the area as a place to visit in his poem "The Lady of The Lake" set around Loch Katrine, published in 1810.
Local Attractions and Thing to Do
With so many great places to visit and lots of great outdoor activities to do a 1 night stay at The Bield will never be enough!
We are able to offer lots of advice on The Trossachs area to help you enjoy your visit and there is also a Tourist Information Centre in The Village Main Street. Here is just a short selection of some of the best attractions which we feel are well worth visiting.
Go Ape High Wire experience is a great day out for the more adventurous and just a few minutes walk away located at the David Marshall Lodge. We are able to offer our guests a 15% discount on tickets! Click on this link and enter the code"Trossachs" when you book your tickets.
It is certainly an experience to remember for all the family and the course takes about 3 hours to complete. There is a Cafe and toilets at the Forest Visitor Centre and some great walks too if Go Ape is not for everyone.
Aberfoyle Old Kirk
Just on the edge of Aberfoyle is the Old KIrk which has a facinating story to tell about the life of the Reverand Robert Kirk who was the local minister in 1692 when he died in mysterious circumstances and whose spirit is said to be trapped in the lone Scots Pine on Doon Hill which you can see from The Bield garden. He was the author of a book called "The Secret Commonwealth" which delved into fairy folklore and it is said that he was spirited away as he revealed the secrets of the fairy people.
Nevertheless, a gravestone marks his grave in the graveyard to the right of the Old Kirk which nowadays is just a ruin. There are some interpretive boards and a short waymaked walk up "The Fairy Knowe" to the top where you will find the Scots Pine with ribbons attached containing the written wishes of visitors.
The two "mort safes" which are seen at the entrance to the kirk are devices that were in use in the early 1900s to thwart grave robbers which was a common practice in remote graveyards.
Stirling Castle is one of Scotland's most impressive castles and sits atop Castle Hill overlooking the River Forth.
The history of Stirling is rich with legends and events from the figures of William Wallace who fought and won the battle of Stirling Bridge in 1297 against Edward I's occupying English army, to the Battle of Bannockburn where Robert the Bruce's defeat of Edward II's invading English army in June 1314 and secured Scottish independence until the Union of The Crowns in 1603.
In 1603 James VI of Scotland, the son of Mary Queen of Scots who was crowned in Stirling Castle in 1542, became James I of England and ruled the kingdoms of Scotland, Ireland and England for 22 years, the period known as The Jacobean Era.
Nowadays, Stirling has a lively social atmosphere with regular cultural events around the city and on the Castle Esplanade taking place throughout the year. The Albert Hall in the centre of the City is a great venue for theatre and music. Stirling is a great day out for all the family as there is something for everyone.
Glengoyne Distillery is just a 20 minute drive from Aberfoyle and sits in a very scenic setting on the road to Glasgow. The distillery dates back to 1833 and boasts to have the slowest stills in Scotland, which is why Glengoyne Whisky is so unique. The Distillery today is still a family owned business and prides itself by making whisky the same way through the generations, no matter the costs.
Open all year round to visitors, Glengoyne has daily tours which vary in length and content but all give a interesting and enjoyable insight of how Glengoyne Whisky is made. Visitors can take a Master Class Tour and blend their own single malt whisky to take with them or take a shorter tour and also see the visitor centre.
To get a 10% discount on all tours just follow this link here
The Loch Katrine Experience
Loch Katrine is one of Scotland's iconic lochs offering breathtaking views best seen by taking the Steamship Sir Walter Scott to Stronachlacher. The ship has been sailing on the loch since 1902 and has recently been upgraded with new boilers and passenger facilities.
Passengers can take there own bikes or hire bikes from The Pier. You can board the boat and then disembark at Stronachlacher 13 miles down the loch, have lunch in the Pier Cafe and then cycle back on the private road to your start point. The cycle has many historic places to stop along the way telling the story of Rob Roy who once lived on the site of Glengyle House. We are able to offer our guests a discount on both The Steamship and Cycle Hire here
Enjoy discovering The Trossachs and Loch Lomond National Park