More Local Activities

We write to you from Gavinburn Cottages, five fantastic self-catering country cottages, set high in the Kilpatrick Hills. They all enjoy stunning views of the River Clyde and are only ten minutes from Glasgow and Loch Lomond. We are just approaching the end of our busy summer season and thought we would share some of our guests feedback and ideas of what to do in the area.

Top of the list for everyone seems to be feeding our resident highland cows before setting off for a walk from the cottages to nearby Loch Humphrey. The cottages sit right on the main walking trail for the Kilpatrick Hills and from here you can enjoy a 45 minute walk to the Loch at the top. The tranquillity of the Loch and wildlife on offer is not the only reward as you will also get to enjoy unbeatable views of the Clyde and Glasgow as you walk. There are also paths into the woods behind the cottages if you want to spot even more wildlife.

Our guests have also been raving about what the city of Glasgow can offer. From some of the finest museums to unrivalled shops, Glasgow offers endless opportunities for visitors. The excellent and cosmopolitan restaurants and bars are also worthy of note and makes Glasgow one of the top nightlife destinations in Britain. Kilpatrick Station which is under a mile from the cottages offers you hassle free travel to the city centre, every half hour.

On sunnier days, all guests recommend a visit to Loch Lomond, one of Scotlands most beautiful locations. There’s lots of small picturesque villages around the Loch, where you can relax and dine whilst taking in the breath-taking scenery. Special mention must go to Ben Lomond, one of the highest mountains in the area and if you climb to the top, you will find it hard to find a better vista in Britain. For those short on time, a climb up nearby Conic Hill is equally rewarding. Loch Lomond also boasts a host of water sport activities and guided cruises, enabling guests to explore the area, right on the famous water.

Lomond Shores at Balloch on the banks of the Loch and very near to Gavinburn Cottages, offers a range of water sports activities coupled with excellent shopping, dining and on land activities, including bike hire, crazy golf, aquarium and tree top trail. Another local attraction is of course the Auchentoshan Whisky Distillery. Only five minutes’ drive from the cottages. Guided tours are on offer every day at various intervals, where you learn all about the water of life and more importantly get to sample this highly renowned whisky. The Glengoyne Distillery is also close by and involves a twenty five minute car journey over the scenic Stockiemuir Road.

Guests have also loved Blair Drummond Safari Park, with all the animals providing a great day out for all the family. Hill House at Helensburgh, for all the art and Charles Rennie Macintosh lovers. Stirling Castle, The Wallace Monument and Dumbarton Castle, letting you take in the history and step back in time. The Kelpies and the Falkirk Wheel, are a mixture of awe inspiring public art and Scottish engineering. A sail down the Clyde on the Waverly, the worlds oldest ocean-going paddle steamer. Golf at a number of local course, including the Cameron House courses at Loch Lomond.

After all this its little wonder our guests build up an appetite and whilst the cottages all have fully equipped new kitchens, many venture out and sample the local restaurants in Old Kilpatrick and Glasgow. The nearby town of Helensburgh, which sits on the Clyde coast, also boasts some of the finest eateries in the area, namely La Barca, Cattle and Creel, The Sugar Boat, Riverhill Courtyard, Padrones and Ardardan Farm Shop and Garden Centre. All of these restaurants sit close to the waters edge and after your meal you can enjoy a lovely walk along the promenade and grab an ice cream at Dinos!

Hopefully you can come and visit us soon. We also have lots of local recommendations included in our guest reviews on Trip Advisor if you wish to get more ideas. We are open all year round and generally accept one well behaved dog per cottage.

Thank you for taking time to read,
Alex & Leigh-Anne Fleming

Roll on the Summer

New Cottages front

Easter’s been and gone. Roll on the Summer!

Everything’s happening in Glasgow this summer and if its too busy for you, there’s always the peace and tranquillity of Loch Lomond. Both are a mere twenty minutes away by car or train.
We have the Commonwealth Games and Radio 1 Big Weekend coming to Glasgow along with a host of other events. So Glasgow’s definitely where it’s at!

Our five self catering holiday cottages were full over the Spring fortnight and our guests enjoyed some glorious weather. We only have a few available weeks left in the summer period and we’re currently doing great deals for Autumn stays. Our Highland Cows are enjoying the new grass and we have new lambs in the fields too. The tadpoles are also back in the pond next to the cottages and we’ve seen new chicks hatched at various nest sites in the hills behind the cottages.

Also for the summer we’ve introduced a new walk in the hills. Instead of following the road to Loch Humphrey, some of our guests have been trying the paths through the woods behind the cottages. This is accessed by following the walk towards Loch Humprhey and taking the gate on the right, which leads into the woods. You will find lots of tracks meandering up through the woods to the top of The Kilpatrick Hills. These were made over 100 years ago by previous land owner, Lord Erskine so he could travel through his Estate on his pony and trap while looking across the River Clyde to his stately home, Mar Hall – it used to be Erskine Hospital for Wounded Servicemen, but is now The Mar Hall Hotel.

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