Termonscotland Scouting Trip (Part Two)

20 Oct
This is the second part of a guest article written by William McCollum about his visit to the destination for the upcoming 2010 Covenanter International Holiday Conference. 
(A indicates Gartmore House)

“Callander is 10 mile west of Loch Katrine, just past Loch Venachar.  Callander is twice the size of Aberfoyle but is a similarly beautiful village.  In Callander you can visit the Rob Roy centre and experience the Rob Roy story, rediscover your childhood with the Hamilton Toy museum, walk off your lunch with a 30 mins walk to Bracklinn Falls or the Falls of Leny, spend some money in the shops, enjoy the best Fish and Chips at ‘Mhor’ lovingly prepared by the Lewis family or relax in the McLaren Leisure centre and swimming pool.  Just outside Callander on the road to Stirling is the Blair Drummond Safari and adventure park as well as the Monster Maize Maze which is an excellent opportunity to get completely lost.

Stirling is 20 miles east from Aberfoyle.  A full afternoon to Stirling would be a good idea and the castle is worth a visit.  Guided tours are available every 30mins, as part of the entrance fee, as is the tour of Argyll’s Lodging, which is a superb example of a 17th century townhouse that was owned by a prominent covenanter.  However, get your name down early for the Argyll’s Lodging tour when you arrive at Stirling castle as only 6 tours take place per day and there are only 35 spaces per tour.  Also in Stirling is the National Wallace Monument.  But be warned there are 246 steps up to the top of the monument and they are small stone steps in a spiral staircase.  The views were worth the hair raising climb up the steps but then you have to make you way down again, trying to pass those on their way up!  You do however get to see William Wallace’s sword. 



Loch Lomond is 20 miles south of Gartmore.  The Loch can be best explored from town of Balloch.  You can go to the Balloch Country Park for a walk a long the shores of Loch Lomond, visit the Balloch castle or enjoy the children’s play area.  ‘Loch Lomond Shores’ is 5 mins walk from Balloch Country Park.  Loch Lomond Shores offers boat trips on the Loch, bike hire, the Loch Lomond aquarium as well as numerous shops and coffee shops to relax beside the famous Loch.


Edinburgh and Glasgow are both about an hour from Gartmore.  During Gartmore 2010 a trip to Edinburgh will definitely be arranged.  It will offer the opportunity to spend the day learning more about Covenanting church history  or for those who would rather shop on the Royal Mile that will also be available.  

Hopefully this article will have given you a taste of the activities that are available off site around Gartmore, obviously there will be other activities happening on site as well as various evening entertainments.

William McCollum, Lisburn RPC

P.S. A Scottish Covenanting tour is available the week before the conference.  Tick the box on the registration form for more details.”


One Response to “Termonscotland Scouting Trip (Part Two)”

  1. connor q October 21, 2009 at 12:22 am #

    realy enjoyed reading that report , even though ive been all those places a dozen times , still made me look forward to next summer, thanks

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