Stronend cottage welcomes those visiting Scotland to retrace their ancestry, those interested in walking & golf, or just those looking to relax in the most incredibly peaceful getaway with views all around of the mountains. Although there is no civilisation in sight , local services are easily accessible by car.
We are only 12 miles from Stirling and less from the new Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. Twenty miles from Glasgow, we are centrally placed for easy access to Edinburgh, Perth, Inverness and beyond. There are a huge number of different things to do in our area. Local attractions include the historic Wallace Monument with its breathtaking views for miles around; Stirling Castle and the nearby old town jail; Blair Drummond Safari Park and its nearby Strawberry Farm, maze and play area - a great day out for all the family; the Falkirk Wheel - a wonder of modern engineering; Doune Castle - featured in Monty Python and the Holy Grail! Lomond Shores - top class shopping, eating , natural history and sea-life centre. Loch Katrine, where you can walk or hire cycles for all the family (even the baby tag along buggy!) or take a boat trip across the loch on the Sir Walter Scott amidst breathtaking highland scenery. The drive over the Duke's Pass, above Aberfoyle, has to be experienced - every corner another amazing view, and the David Marshall Lodge (Forest Park) has Forest trails, a play park, cafe, shop, and "Go Ape!" with its 400m zip wires, flying the intrepid explorer 150 ft above ground over a 90ft waterfall!
In Glasgow - Scotland's largest city - there is the newly restored Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum - Scotland's most visited attraction (including the Iconic Salvidor Dali painting 'Christ of St John on the Cross'); The Glasgow Science Centre (fantastic for children, loads of hands-on interactive fun) and its IMAX cinema; Braehead Shopping Complex including Xscape - Skypark ( obstacle course 50 ft in the air), bungee, climbing wall, snowboarding etc; The Burrel Collection and Pollock House (especially beautiful in the spring, with the gardens overflowing with rhodendrons, azaleas and blossoming fruit trees); The Botanical Gardens in Glasgow's colourful West End; The West End itself - full of quirky cafes and shops, cobbled lanes and interesting restaurants. Also Glasgow City Centre - a top destination for shoppers!
Visits to Edinburgh
The two largest cities, Edinburgh and Glasgow are a mere 40 miles apart and we are situated centrally, between the two. Steeped in history and rich inheritance, Edinburgh is home to The Edinburgh International Festival, The Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, all of which happen in the months of August and September. Designated as a World Heritage Site, Edinburgh is home to more monuments and sites of historic interest than anywhere else in the country, and is much admired for its aesthetic beauty and beautifully preserved Old Town. Attractions include Edinburgh Castle, the New Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh Zoo, Camera Obscura (a 3-D experience), Dynamic Earth, National Museum of Scotland (Chamber Street), Princes St Gardens, Greyfriars Bobby, The Botanical Gardens, to name but a few. The open top bus tours, are a great way to see the City.
Golf, Walking, Cycling
For those interested in outdoor pursuits there are numerous beautiful walks in the area, either from the cottage door, or nearby. Dogs are welcome! The area is ideal for cycling, and there are cycle paths detailed in the cottage. Internationally renowned as 'The Home of Golf', Scotland boasts over 500 golf courses and Stronend is a great base for you to explore and experience these. Nearby Balfron has its own golf course and the famous Gleneagles is an easy drive away. St Andrews is around a two hour drive, and there are also Turnberry, Royal Troon, and Carnoustie , and the world's oldest course at Perth to name but a few.
Our local village of Kippen (5 minutes drive) has two wonderful pub restaurants - The Cross Keys and The Inn at Kippen, and Berrits and Brown - a first class deli and cafe with fine wines and a large range of stock. Kippen also has a general store for all your household needs. The Kippen butcher 'Skinners' has an incredible array of locally sourced , lamb, beef (fillet steaks particularly delicious!) steak pies and other ready made mouth watering meals. Neighbouring village Fintry is home to Katy Rogers 'Courtyard Cafe' which is really worth a visit - a lovely relaxing atmosphere, good food, a gift shop and an ice cream parlour in the summer months selling homemade ice cream made on the farm that houses the cafe. A short drive from the cottage is the Lake of Menteith Hotel which has an award winning restaurant and relaxed bar area for less formal dining. The views from the dining room across the Lake are beautiful. Next door to the hotel you can take a short boat trip to the island of Inchmaholme in the middle of the lake, which is home to the ruins of a priory where Mary Queen of Scots hid as a girl. Further afield you can visit Stirling, Glasgow or Edinburgh which are full of an amazing diversity of top notch eateries - all cultures and of course, first class Scottish cuisine.
It is hard to describe the peace and tranquillity of Stronend Cottage. We are down a track, away from roads, people and noise. The views all around are spectacular. Mountains and sheep filled farmland. A little bit like stepping back in time. Truly a place to refresh the spirit.
Whatever you decide to do, and where ever you come from, you will receive a warm welcome. Enjoy the friendliness of the Scottish people and go home refreshed!