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10 Things To Do When Staying at Cardross Estate

10 Things To Do When Staying at Cardross Estate

Cardross is the gateway to the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. The pods are located on the West of Cardross, with breath-taking views towards Ben Lomond, the foothills of the Scottish Highlands, and the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. A truly unique and historic setting for a romantic and/or relaxing short break away. 


Here are our favourite things to do in the local area while staying with us!

1. Green Aspirations

Located next to the pod site and also on the Estate is Green Aspirations Scotland. It was established as a Community Interest Company in 2013. They are a social enterprise aiming to provide benefit to the community rather than to make a profit.  They work with different groups of people – community groups, young adults, school pupils, kids and crafters – to develop traditional skills, create an appreciation of the woodlands, and encourage sustainable and healthy environments. They run amazing family days where you can try your hand at Axe throwing, shelter building and enjoy a BBQ lunch. They also provide the charcoal for the BBQ packs for Cardross.

Find out more: https://www.greenaspirationsscotland.co.uk/

2. Stirling Castle

Cardross is only a 20 minute drive from Stirling. The city is home to many historic sites including one of Scotland’s grandest castle, Stirling Castle.

Find out more: https://www.stirlingcastle.scot/

3. Bike Hire: Aberfoyle Bike Hire

Cardross is surrounded by many miles of traffic free trails which pass through the heart of the Trossachs. Our bike renting partners will have bikes ready at your pod for your arrival

Here are four of the most notable routes from Aberfoyle:

  • Aberfoyle to Kinlochard. A beautiful ride along the waymarked forest road on the south side of Loch Ard, ending at the Wee Blether Tearoom. Hilly forest road (approx. 1.5 hours/7miles)
  • Aberfoyle to Buchlyvie/Drymen. Following the railway route along the river, this route divides after two miles to offer the choice of a flat ride to Buchlyvie (7 miles) or a hillier single track road to Drymen (13 miles)
  • Duke’s Pass. A famous climb, straight from the main street in Aberfoyle. Challenging but with wonderful views and, once over the top, there are options to continue to Callander or Loch Katrine

To rent a bike during your stay visit: https://aberfoylebikehire.co.uk/

4. Hiking Trails

Cardross Estate borders the Eastern edge of the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park and the foothills of the Trossachs. The National Park sits on the cusp of the Scottish Highlands, a beautiful region of lochs, glens and miniature mountains. Our site is blessed with fantastic hiking trails and some of Scotland’s most iconic lakes. 

Visit https://www.10adventures.com/hikes/loch-lomond-and-the-trossachs/ for more information on nearby walks and hikes!

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5. Action Adventure Activities 

Based at an Outdoor Activity Centre on the edge of the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park they offer a wide range of activities from water-sports to quad biking!

Find out more: http://www.actionadventureactivities.com/

6. Go Ape

Only 20 minutes from Cardross is the UK’s #1 adventure company! From tree-to-tree crossings and 3km zip treks to nets hanging 30 feet above the forest floor and all-terrain Segways, Go Ape has all the adventure boxes ticked and is sure to tire the whole family out!

Find out more:  https://goape.co.uk/

7. Golf at Gleneagles

Gleneagles is one of the greatest names in the world of golf. With three of the top golf courses in Scotland and as recent hosts of The Ryder and Solheim Cups.  Just a 40-minute drive from your pod!

Find out more: https://gleneagles.com/golf/

8. Loch Katrine Cruises

Loch Katrine and surrounding areas are steeped in history and is recognised as the favoured and much loved setting of some of Sir Walter Scott’s most famous poetic works, as well as boasting links to Scottish legend Rob Roy MacGregor

Take a cruise on beautiful Loch Katrine and admire the amazing landscapes which change through the seasons.

Find out more: https://www.lochkatrine.com/

9. Blair Drummond Safari Park

Located on a perfectly flat 160-acre estate just outside Stirling, Blair Drummond is Central Scotland’s most exciting family visitor attraction and the perfect place for a family day out. Go on an exciting safari drive-thru, meet giraffes, say ‘hello’ to the cheeky monkeys, explore one of the UK’s best dinosaur attractions, or run wild in their giant outdoor play area, a guaranteed action-packed day the whole family will enjoy.

Find out more: https://www.blairdrummond.com/

10. Glengoyne Whiskey Tour

Glengoyne is often described as Scotland’s most beautiful distillery. It is open 7 days a week and offers a range of fantastic distillery tours and tastings, including the Malt Master Session where guests can create their very own whisky, bring a bottle back to your pod and enjoy a wee dram by the campfire!

Find out more: https://www.glengoyne.com/distillery-tours/glengoyne-tour-and-tasting

With lots to do in the area, Cardross is the perfect base for your next Scottish Adventure!

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