EXPLORE Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park & SURROUNDING AREA

Altskeith Country House is the perfect setting for anyone looking to explore the Trossachs. From the house you can fish from our own beach or launch your boat on to the Loch. Loch Ard is stunning, with small islands and a crannog to explore. 

Within 1 mile of the property there is a hotel spa and swimming pool, clay pigeon shooting and farm walks, Go Country  they offer a water sports park as well as canoeing on Loch Ard. They also offer archery, abseiling, cliff jumping and gorge walking. 

Opposite the house is Queen Elizabeth Forest with many routes and trails to explore for ramblers and cyclists. Or you can book a 4 x 4 forest safari. 

There is an abundance of wildlife in the area from osprey, red squirrel , wild goats and pine martins. We have even spotted red and roe deer in our garden and have our own ducks to come to visit most days. 

Aberfoyle is located 3.5 miles from Altskeith Country House. There is an 18 hole golf course as well as Go Ape, the longest zip wire and hire wire forest adventure. An ideal option for groups to explore together. Quad biking, horse riding, segway driving are also available in the area. 

Inchmahome Priory set on an island in the Lake of Menteith, is an idyllically situated Augustinian monastery dating from 1328. 

Blair Drummond Safari Park   is about 30 minutes drive, close to Stirling, which also has the fabulous Stirling Castle and Wallace Monument. 

We are happy to arrange trips and outings for you to find the best of the area.

At Altskeith Country House you will find yourself surrounded by the most spectacular scenery.  The wonderful ‘Bens’ of the Trossachs:  Ben Lomond, Ben Venue, Ben Vorlich, Ben Ledi and Ben A’an also the romantic Lochs including Loch Lomond, Loch Katrine, Loch Achray, Loch Venachar, Loch Drunkie and of course Loch Ard.  All are within half an hour’s drive.

From our beach you can row, canoe, sail and windsurf on the Loch or even swim.  Loch Ard is stunning, with small islands and a crannog to explore. 

We can offer trout fishing on Loch Ard and can arrange for a ghillie to show you many other beautiful lochs in the area.  Within walking distance of the house, you can play tennis, go mountain biking, hike into the hills.  

The area surround Altskeith Country House is a photographer’s paradise and there are many excellent walks and cycle paths to guide you through the renowned Queen Elizabeth Forest Park.  Golfers will find beautiful gold courses nearby.  For the more adventurous, we can even organise falconry and clay pigeon shooting.

Within 30 minutes drive you can take a cruise on Loch Katrine or Loch Lomond, visit historic Stirling Castle, see William Wallace’s sword at the magnificent Wallace Monument and sample Scotland’s national drink at the Glengoyne Distillery or Deanston Distillery close by.

Animal Safari

Blair Drummond Safari Park is located approximately 30 minutes drive from Altskeith close to Stirling, which also has the fabulous Stirling Castle and Wallace Monument.  

Archery. This can be arranged at Go Country the local water sports park less than 1 mile from the house.

Ceilidh & Scottish Musicians. Enjoy a Scottish Ceilidh in the function room.  A caller will call out the dance steps and guide you through the song. 

Clay Pigeon Shooting. We can arrange for you to visit a local farm to experience this fun experience.  

We welcome cyclists and we are able to provide a hose pipe and storage for their bike if required.

Around Loch Ard is a popular cyclist route and there are numerous trails all of a variety of levels.  In Aberfoyle is a newly opened bike park with different levels of difficulty for the cycling enthusiastic.  Bikes may be available for use at Altskeith Country House or a alternatively in Aberfoyle.  The National cycle route passes through Aberfoyle.

Doune Castle was the home of Robert Stewart, the 1st Duke of Albany. He was ruler of Scotland, in all but name, from 1388 until his death in 1420.  Aberfoyle Golf Course is located 3.5 miles from Altskeith has an 18 hole course, which is open to visitors to the area.

Fishing Permits to fish on Loch Ard are available or  hire our boat for a fishing expedition on the Loch, £50 per day with fishing permit included or £70 with a packed lunch for 2 people.

Alternatively the Lake of Menteith is very popular with fishing enthusiasts.  Boats can be booked, but we recommend doing this well in advance during peak months.  

Trout is available in both lakes.  Castle Rednock Farm is hill farm located just outside Aberfoyle.  It offers pony trekking and also has a segways.

Inchmahome Priory set on an island in the Lake of Menteith, is an idyllically situated Augustinian monastery dating from 1328.  Loch Katrine is the home of the steamship “Sir Walter Scott” a great cruise for scenery and photography enthusiasts. 

Mini Highland Games. Scotland’s Highland Games are world famous for celebrating Scottish sporting tradition.  We can arrange this to take place locally or on our own lawns in the grounds.

Stars at Night. With low pollution in the area it is not usual to have stunning views of the moon and a clear view of the stars at night.  Head down to the beach and look up at the stars enjoying the waves against the shore.  Stirling Castle is a great symbol of Scottish independence & a source of national pride. Knights, nobles and foreign ambassadors once flocked to the Royal Court at Stirling Castle to revel in the castle’s grandeur.

Swimming Pool & Spa. We are a short walk or drive from a hotel and spa and can arrange for you to use the pool and spa facilities.  


Loch Ard has a vast selection of walking routes.  Our favourite is to walk from the house around the Loch and back to the house.  A nice steady walk but it gives you full advantage

Water Sports Park/Outdoor Adventure

Go Country a short walk from Altskeith provides a whole range of outdoor activities, including the water park, with the ‘iceberg’.  Quad biking, canoeing, climbing/abseiling, life jumping, archery and mountaineering biking and orienteering are a selection of the vast activities on offer.

Whisky Distilleries

Two popular distilleries located within a short driving distance are Deanston Distillery near Doune and Glengoyne Distillery. is located 12 miles away at Dumgoyne. Both offer tours by arrangement and you can mix your own whisky at Glengoyne and bring it home to sample. Whisky Tasting. Enjoy a whisky tasting evening held in the house and learn about the origins of the world’s most historic drink.  

Zip Wire

 Go Ape  zip wire and high wire forest adventure. An ideal option for groups to explore together is located just outside Aberfoyle at the David Marshall Lodge.  A great day out for a group.