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The river Endrick runs just a few hundred metres from Cameron Cottage, and makes for excellent fishing with day permits available locally. The nearby Trossachs have excellent fishing, from Loch Arklet and Loch Katrine to the north, best fished from a boat, to the rainbow trout of the only natural lake in Scotland, The Lake of Menteith. Other good Lochs in the local area include Loch Ard, Loch Vennachar, Loch Achray, Loch Arklet, and Loch Chon.

Scotland is world famous as the historic home of golf, and for the number of its stunning golf courses. The area around Cameron Cottage is no exception, making the cottage a perfect base for golfing enthusiasts. There are a range of golfing options close by, from local courses such as Balfron just 3 miles away, to the world famous Loch Lomond course which is reached by car in half an hour. There are dozens of courses within easy reach, including: Buchanan Castle, Strathendrick, Hilton Park, Windy Hills, Milngavie, Clober, Aberfoyle, Cardross, Stirling and Dunblane. Buchanan Castle Golf Course, which is just 4 miles from the cottage, also has a new all-weather flood-lit driving range, open to non-members.
The natural assets of this beautiful part of Scotland make it perfect for mountain biking, hence it is fast becoming known as a world class centre for mountain biking. There are a wide range of options for mountain biking in the area, from the paths and trails of Mugdock park, the West Highland Way and the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park, to more structured trails at the Carron Valley.

Despite being in such a lovely rural area, Glasgow and Stirling are each only a 30 minute drive from Cameron Cottage, and Edinburgh just over an hour. From historic castles, museums, shopping, eating out, festivals and concerts, there is something for everyone.

The cottage is the perfect place for those who like to walk, sitting as it does right next to the famous West Highland way, about 9 miles from its start in Milngavie. The WHW has good quality footpaths, which are mainly flat in this area, following the route of an old railway line. There are also a number of circular routes which can be taken from the cottage door, all away from main roads.

For those who prefer hills, the Campsie Fells are very nearby which provide lots of opportunity for enjoyable hillwalking. The most popular hill, Dumgoyne, is easily accessed from the West Highland Way 1.5miles from the cottage. This prominent hill provides a short, steep walk rising from behind the picturesque Glengoyne Distillery, and provides stunning views of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs on a clear day. Killearn walks

For serious hillwalkers, there are numerous munroes within easy reach in the nearby Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park.

If you want to venture from the garden, there are plenty of things to do in the surrounding area with children of all ages and whatever the weather. For dry days, the play park in Killearn is well worth a visit, with a large enclosed play area and a flying fox. Mugdock Country Park is a 10 minute drive away, with a large network of paths suitable for walking or cycling, a ruined castle to explore, play park and adventure trail, duck pond, walled garden (with entertainment most weekends), gift shop, visitor centre and two cafes. Aberfoyle is around 20 minutes drive, where there is another great play park, woollen mill with visitor centre and the David Marshall Lodge, where there are parks, trails, a cafe and a Go Ape centre. This is situated within the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park which has a wealth of paths and tracks for walking and cycling. Scotland’s Safari Park at Blairdrummond is a 25 minute drive away and the neighbouring Briarlands Farm is also a great day out with ‘bouncy pillows’, a maize maze and much more. The historic town of Stirling is half an hour by car, where the prominent Stirling Castle stands out on the approach to the town. Having played a key part in Scotland’s history, this is a fascinating place to visit. Situated just outside the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, there are loads of things to do with kids around the Loch, from the beaches on the East side of the Loch to boat trips and the Lomond Shores centre with Sea Life Centre, shops, cafes and play park.