Poachers Hut Guidebook

Lorna
Poachers Hut Guidebook

Things to do, see, visit close-by

The Poachers Hut is on the Cardross Estate on the edge of the Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park in central Scotland. There are lots of things to do and see and a great base to visit lots of Scotland. These are just some places and there are more recommendations in the shepherds hut, along with maps, little books with walking and cycling routes.
20 minutes drive and fun to visit - even for grown-ups.
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Blair Drummond Safari Park
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20 minutes drive and fun to visit - even for grown-ups.
Beautiful spot and the only lake in Scotland. You can go fishing or a small boat out to the island. Or have lunch at the Lake Hotel which is on the water's edge and has wonderful views over the Lake. Wonderful sunsets.
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Lake Of Menteith
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Beautiful spot and the only lake in Scotland. You can go fishing or a small boat out to the island. Or have lunch at the Lake Hotel which is on the water's edge and has wonderful views over the Lake. Wonderful sunsets.
Take the little boat to visit the island in the middle of Lake of Menteith. Reopening April/May 2022.
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Inchmahome Priory
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Take the little boat to visit the island in the middle of Lake of Menteith. Reopening April/May 2022.
15 minutes from the Shepherd Hut - tree top wandering and zip wire.
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Go Ape! Aberfoyle
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15 minutes from the Shepherd Hut - tree top wandering and zip wire.
15 minutes away and lots of walks and cycling options in a beautiful part of Scotland
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Queen Elizabeth Forest Park
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15 minutes away and lots of walks and cycling options in a beautiful part of Scotland
Half an hour away from the hut - enjoy a cruise on the loch which supplies Glasgow with its water. You can also walk round and hire bikes. Wonderful wee Tea Room at Stronachlacher Pier.
Loch Katrine
Half an hour away from the hut - enjoy a cruise on the loch which supplies Glasgow with its water. You can also walk round and hire bikes. Wonderful wee Tea Room at Stronachlacher Pier.
Half an hour from the hut - amazing sculptures - lit up at night.
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The Kelpies
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Half an hour from the hut - amazing sculptures - lit up at night.
Half an hour away from the shepherds hut, definitely worth a visit and you can climb Ben Lomond for spectacular views, sail the Loch, visit Inchcailloch Island or go shopping at Loch Lomond Shores.
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Lacul Lomond
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Half an hour away from the shepherds hut, definitely worth a visit and you can climb Ben Lomond for spectacular views, sail the Loch, visit Inchcailloch Island or go shopping at Loch Lomond Shores.
Wonderful small hill with spectacular views, just 25 minutes from the hut.
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Ben A'an
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Wonderful small hill with spectacular views, just 25 minutes from the hut.
Another great hill half an hour away, quite steep for a lot of the way. You can enjoy the summit from the hot tub!
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Ben Ledi
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Another great hill half an hour away, quite steep for a lot of the way. You can enjoy the summit from the hot tub!
25 minutes away, great Scottish history and views
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Stirling Castle
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25 minutes away, great Scottish history and views
25 minutes away and AMAZING views and lots of steps!
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The National Wallace Monument
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25 minutes away and AMAZING views and lots of steps!
Half an hour away, not visited - yet.
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The Battle of Bannockburn Visitor Centre
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Half an hour away, not visited - yet.
Just five minutes away, pony trekking and Segway trekking.
Castle Rednock Trekking Centre
Just five minutes away, pony trekking and Segway trekking.
Our lovely neighbours run fabulous interesting and fun courses. Check their website for current activities. Just a lovely quiet scenic 50 minute walk or four minute drive.
Gartur Stitch Farm
Our lovely neighbours run fabulous interesting and fun courses. Check their website for current activities. Just a lovely quiet scenic 50 minute walk or four minute drive.
Another lovely neighbor with wonderful courses - flowers and beautiful rustic home wares . Check out their pop up stall on the road to the Kake and main shop at the Woodhouse cafe in Kippen - Twine.
Green Pea Studio
Another lovely neighbor with wonderful courses - flowers and beautiful rustic home wares . Check out their pop up stall on the road to the Kake and main shop at the Woodhouse cafe in Kippen - Twine.
Outlander location - Devils pulpit, just 20 minutes away.
Finnich Glen
Outlander location - Devils pulpit, just 20 minutes away.
Just 25 minutes away and another Outlander filming location.
Doune Castle
Just 25 minutes away and another Outlander filming location.
Fabulous raptor experience, 25 minutes away
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Argaty Red Kites
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Fabulous raptor experience, 25 minutes away
Stunning glen, and wonderful scenic hour and a half drive.
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Glencoe
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Stunning glen, and wonderful scenic hour and a half drive.
Wonderful scenic 40 minute drive and maybe onwards to Loch Fyne (great seafood restaurant) and Inverary ( lovely little town - George Hotel for lunch and best chips ever!)
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Rest and be Thankful Viewpoint
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Wonderful scenic 40 minute drive and maybe onwards to Loch Fyne (great seafood restaurant) and Inverary ( lovely little town - George Hotel for lunch and best chips ever!)
everyone's favourite munro with fantastic views over Loch Lomond. Good path, not too difficult, usually busy.
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Ben Lomond
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everyone's favourite munro with fantastic views over Loch Lomond. Good path, not too difficult, usually busy.
Lovely walks and river falls and wooden bridge in Callander.
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Bracklinn Falls Bridge
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Lovely walks and river falls and wooden bridge in Callander.
Small village with busy Main Street of shops and cafes and restaurants and bars.
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Callander
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Small village with busy Main Street of shops and cafes and restaurants and bars.

Places to eat and drink aroundabout

We have some lovely places, these are just some and there are more (and our favourites) detailed in the hut.
Great menu and tasty food. Craft beers and gins - recommended. 20 minutes away
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The Old Mill
6 Balfron Road
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Great menu and tasty food. Craft beers and gins - recommended. 20 minutes away
Friendly local country hotel with bar and restaurant. Highly recommended for lunch or tea - hearty delicious food - with open fires in the winter.
Lion & Unicorn
Friendly local country hotel with bar and restaurant. Highly recommended for lunch or tea - hearty delicious food - with open fires in the winter.
Amazing views over the Lake - breakfast and lunch and dinner and a small bar. 4 minute drive or half hour walk. Taxi back is c.£8.
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Karma Lake of Menteith
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Amazing views over the Lake - breakfast and lunch and dinner and a small bar. 4 minute drive or half hour walk. Taxi back is c.£8.
Recommended - great country pub with food. In Scotland the best 2019 book. Just 15 minutes away.
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The Cross Keys
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Recommended - great country pub with food. In Scotland the best 2019 book. Just 15 minutes away.
Very scenic 25 minute drive to this little tearoom on the edge of Loch Katrine - or take a boat from the other end of Loch Katrine - perfect.
The Pier Cafe
Very scenic 25 minute drive to this little tearoom on the edge of Loch Katrine - or take a boat from the other end of Loch Katrine - perfect.
great place, 20 minutes away - deli, butcher, shop, café. Great breakfasts, lunches and tea and coffee and cake! Recommended
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Blair Drummond Smiddy Farm Shop
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great place, 20 minutes away - deli, butcher, shop, café. Great breakfasts, lunches and tea and coffee and cake! Recommended
Our favourite local place for breakfast and lunch and everything in between. It also has a butchers and small deli and shop. Very popular. Also has a little shop called Twine beside it - Greenpea studio owners - wonderful house and garden things to buy. If you love the hut you will love Twine :)
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Woodhouse Coffee Shop
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Our favourite local place for breakfast and lunch and everything in between. It also has a butchers and small deli and shop. Very popular. Also has a little shop called Twine beside it - Greenpea studio owners - wonderful house and garden things to buy. If you love the hut you will love Twine :)
New owners, a lovely warm welcome and constantly changing menu.
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The Inn at Kippen
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New owners, a lovely warm welcome and constantly changing menu.
Lovely meals or coffee and cake right on the edge of Loch Venacher, lovely views and fab sunsets. Perfect stop if you do the Aberfoyle, Loch Katrine, Brig o Turk, Ben Ledi, Callander driving/cycling loop from the shepherds hut. Really lovely trip.
Venachar Lochside
Lovely meals or coffee and cake right on the edge of Loch Venacher, lovely views and fab sunsets. Perfect stop if you do the Aberfoyle, Loch Katrine, Brig o Turk, Ben Ledi, Callander driving/cycling loop from the shepherds hut. Really lovely trip.
Nick has opened a small restaurant in his Cook School open Thursdays to Sundays. Best to book, small delicious menu and sometimes a pop-up cocktail bar. Lovely outdoor area with lights and heating and blankets.
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Nick Nairn Cook School
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Nick has opened a small restaurant in his Cook School open Thursdays to Sundays. Best to book, small delicious menu and sometimes a pop-up cocktail bar. Lovely outdoor area with lights and heating and blankets.
Pop up coffee bar between Doune and Dunblane. The best coffee locally, friendly staff and totally delicious toasted bagels and rolls and cakes! This pic is their halloumi, saracha, pickles, salad toasted bagel - yum!
James’s Specialty Coffee Bar
Pop up coffee bar between Doune and Dunblane. The best coffee locally, friendly staff and totally delicious toasted bagels and rolls and cakes! This pic is their halloumi, saracha, pickles, salad toasted bagel - yum!
Hires bikes and great sunny outdoor cafe. Will deliver (and pick up) bikes to shepherd hut. Also e-bikes which are amazing and let you explore further afield with little effort.
Aberfoyle Bike Hire & Cafe
Hires bikes and great sunny outdoor cafe. Will deliver (and pick up) bikes to shepherd hut. Also e-bikes which are amazing and let you explore further afield with little effort.
Lovely farm cafe. Delicious ice creams, yogurts, pour your own pint of cows milk! Quite a nice wee shop too.
Knockraich Farm
Lovely farm cafe. Delicious ice creams, yogurts, pour your own pint of cows milk! Quite a nice wee shop too.
Lovely warm welcome at this community owned country pub with rooms. Food is really good too!
The Black Bull Hotel
Lovely warm welcome at this community owned country pub with rooms. Food is really good too!

Food scene

Quirky spot for brunch, lunch or dinner. Lovely views and small and very tasty menu. Thursday nights are local music night.
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Mhor 84 Motel
84 Kingshouse
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Quirky spot for brunch, lunch or dinner. Lovely views and small and very tasty menu. Thursday nights are local music night.

Sightseeing

Lovely drive down the glen to Balquhidder Church (where we got married!) which is always open. Rob Roy’s grave is in the churchyard round the Church. Short walk up to great viewpoint.
Balquhidder
Lovely drive down the glen to Balquhidder Church (where we got married!) which is always open. Rob Roy’s grave is in the churchyard round the Church. Short walk up to great viewpoint.