Termonscotland Scouting Trip (Part One)

13 Oct
This is the first part of a guest article written by William McCollum following his visit to the destination for the upcoming 2010 Covenanter International Holiday Conference.
GartmoreHouse

“For as long as I can remember the International conference has been held at Termonfeckin, just north of Drogheda.  But the venue in Termonfeckin is no longer available and thus the International Conference 2010 is now going to be held in Gartmore House, Scotland.

If you are trying to organise something it is always easier if you know something about where you are planning to hold your event.  Thus for my holiday this year I decide to going to go to Scotland and specifically to Scotland’s first National Park – ‘The Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park” where Gartmore House is located just 2 miles south of Aberfoyle.

In the rest of this article I am going to give you a flavour of what Gartmore 2010 will be like, what activities will be available in the surrounding area and what you can do during the week or later if you decide to stay for longer in the Trossachs.

Firstly Gartmore House.  Built in 1793 Gartmore House is a beautifully restored historic building with views looking east towards Stirling and the lowlands of Scotland.  For those looking for culture, Robert Burns is meant to have written and entertained in the lounge!!  Apart from the main houses there is the activity centre which housed the dorms and two sports halls.  The buildings are set in 75 acres of private land with many walks through forests or meadows.

Just north of Gartmore House is Aberfoyle a lovely tradition village.  There you can walk a 18 hole golf course, visit the national wool centre which offers free sheep dog shows every hour, shop in the small boutiques or pop into the Co-op for your groceries (something the campers will need to note).  For those wanting a bit more adrenalin the UK’s longest zip wire is located in Aberfoyle. If one high wire isn’t sufficient Go Ape also have 20 other high wire courses for you to challenge your fear of heights!

(Ed: A search on youtube found this video)

Loch Katrine is 5 miles north of Aberfoyle.  This Loch was made famous by the poet Sir Walter Scott and his poem ‘The Lady of the Lake’.  There are a number of ways to discover the natural beauty of Loch Katrine, for the more energetic there is a 1.5 hrs climb of Ben A’an which over looks Loch Katrine, for a less energetic option hire a bike and cycle round part of the Loch or enjoy a leisurely stroll.  For those wanting someone else to take the strain then take a trip on either of the boats offering 1hr cruises on the Loch.  After enjoying the Loch quench your thirst with a visit to the Loch Katrine visit centre and cafe.”

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Loch Katrine
(to be continued)
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2 Responses to “Termonscotland Scouting Trip (Part One)”

  1. Carla October 14, 2009 at 2:19 pm #

    Since your link seems to be broken, for more info on the national park:

    http://www.visitscottishheartlands.com/

    http://www.lochlomond-trossachs.org/

  2. Peter October 16, 2009 at 12:12 am #

    on October 8, 2009 at 4:19 pm Peter
    “Steelo would have had a match report up by now!!!

    :-P”

    :-D

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