Things to do with kids at Appletree Cottage, Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park
Very Local Easy Walks …
Walk up Duncryne Hill – about 10 minutes drive and 15 minutes to get up to the top. Fantastic views across Loch Lomond. Very satisfying brief walk.
Walk along old railway line over good high bridge over the River Endrick
When you’re here we can point out other good walks, local and otherwise.
There are also Nature Reserves nearby if that is of interest.
Buchanan Arms Hotel Swimming Pool and Spa - Day membership usually available, 5 mins drive, for wet weather cover.
(Appletree Cottage has Netflix if things get desperate.)
Sealife Centre in Balloch (buy tickets at the tourist office which are almost half the price of tickets on the door.) https://www.visitsealife.com/loch-lomond/
Tree Zone tree top adventure in Balloch (next Lomond Shores ) – about 20 minutes drive https://treezone.rezdy.com/catalog/46981/treezone-loch-lomond
A short stroll from the Sealife Centre (above) and the Maid of the Loch Paddle Steamer…
Maid of the Loch – paddle steamer http://www.maidoftheloch.org - open for tea and exploration within.
Sweeney’s Cruises on Loch Lomond https://www.sweeneyscruiseco.com
Various cruises commencing from Balloch, Balmaha and Luss
Medieval Castle on top of a rock with fantastic views over the Clyde Estuary
Lomond Shored Weekend Market
A weekend market at Loch Lomond shores during October
East Loch Lomond, Loch Katrine and Lake of Menteith - about 20-40 minutes away
Take the short passenger ferry from Balmaha boatyard across to Inchcailloch nature reserve. No cars or houses on this island but great exploring paths and nice beach at the far end. Picnic tables by the beach have a metal sheet on which to place your portable barbecue for an alfresco lunch. https://www.lochlomond-trossachs.org/things-to-see/inchcailloch/
Back at Balmaha The Oak Tree is great for lunch with a good menu and nice atmosphere and excellent smoked salmon salads – and sometimes their own beers for grown ups! https://www.theoaktreeinn.co.uk/
North of Balmaha there are good beaches on the loch and paths through the woods.
Lake of Menteith – ferry from Port of Menteith to Inchmahome ruined priory on the island.
(open till 31 Oct) https://www.historicenvironment.scot/visit-a-place/places/inchmahome-priory/getting-there/ (about 25 mins drive)
Also see photos on our blog page at www.lomondappletree.co.uk
Loch Katrine Cruise – cruise up the loch to the lovely tea room at Stronachlacher and back again. Alternatively, hire a bike (at ferry point) and cycle back along the very quiet lochside road (about 40 mins drive)
Stronachlachar tearoom right on the loch is attractive and good for a light lunch https://www.thepiercafe.com/cafe-bistro-bar/
Alternatively a nice lunch for this day can be had at The Byre, Brig o’Turk which is about 10 mins from Loch Katrine Ferry base
Over by Stirling (which is about 35 mins drive)…
Blair Drummond Safari Park (open till 28th October) https://www.blairdrummond.com
Stirling Castle, Stirling – 35 minutes drive https://www.stirlingcastle.scot
National Wallace Monument, Causewayhead, Stirling – about 15 mins drive from the castle
Great views from the top on a nice day! : https://www.nationalwallacemonument.com
Pony Trekking and Segway Trekking http://www.castlerednocktrekking.com/prices_and_booking_info.html
(there are some pony trekking places closer to Appletree but the Segway looked interesting.
Excellent state of the art 3d holographic imagery is used to tell the story of this epic battle.
Very much aimed at kits as well as grown ups
Glasgow, good for wet weather cover and less than 45 minutes drive - or train