We are situated in Gartocharn Village, Loch Lomond

There is a small village shop which also serves as a post office and fuel station. It also has a garage, which carries out vehicle repairs and servicing. There is quality retail outlet with a restaurant serving coffees and lunches. The local village hall has a coffee morning every Friday and the local farm shop is open every Friday.

Near Gartocharn

WRob Roy MacGregore are within the Loch Lomond National Park, which has numerous scenic walks, hill walking, climbing, loch cruises, golf courses and angling.

The picturesque village of Drymen  is 4.5 miles east it has a few shops and restaurants. It also home to “The Clachan Inn“, which was established in 1734 and is the oldest registered licensed premises in Scotland. This is Rob Roy MacGregor country and his sister was actually the first Licensee of the Clachan Inn.

Balloch is some three miles west. It has a supermarket, shops, restaurants, cafes and bars. The Loch Lomond Shores shopping complex is here adjacent to the Sea Life Centre. Both Drymen and Balloch have cashpoint facilities.

Golfing near Loch Lomond

Loch Lomond GolfScotland is rich in championship standard golf courses and golfers are well catered for in this area. The famous Loch Lomond golf course was for many years the home of the Barclay’s Scottish open championship. It is now very much a very exclusive private club and unfortunately not open to the public.

Having said that, you don’t have to miss out on your golf during your stay at Loch Lomond. This is an ideal location for golfers and there are literally dozens of courses within an hour’s drive of Tigh Beag.

There are many courses in close proximity. The Buchanan Castle and Strathendrick courses are adjacent to one another, about three miles away near Drymen and the Vale of Leven course is about four miles away. The most recent course to be completed in this area is The Carrick, owned by the DeVere hotels group. It is adjacent to the aforementioned Loch Lomond course, on the other side of Loch Lomond from Gartocharn. Here are some links to a few more, The Carrick, Strathendrick Golf Club, Buchanan Castle Golf Club, Vale of Leven Golf Club, Dumbarton Golf Club, Cardross Golf Club, Helensburgh Golf Club, Clydebank Golf Club, Windyhill Golf Club, Douglas Park Golf Club, Milngavie Golf Club, Clober Golf Club, Hilton Park Golf Cub, Balmore Golf Club, Aberfoyle Golf Club, Campsie Golf Club, Callander Golf Club and Stirling Golf Club.

A Little Further Afield

Glasgow city centre, which is often recognised as one of the best shopping centres in the UK, is within a 30 minute drive (dependent on time of day). Glasgow is Scotland’s largest city with numerous shops, bars, restaurants, museums, galleries concert venues and more. Note that all museums run by Glasgow Council are free to enter. This includes the world renowned Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.

Historic Stirling with its amazing castle, the Bannockburn Museum and a large covered shopping centre (The Thistle Centre) is not much more than a 20-30 minute drive.

Edinburgh city centre can be reached in around one hour. Edinburgh is Scotland’s capital city with its famous castle, the Royal Mile, Holyrood House and the controversial Scottish Parliament building.

Perth, recently accorded city status, is known as the “Fair City”. Nearby is Scone Palace once where Scottish kings were crowned on the Stone of Scone or the Stone of Destiny. You can drive to Perth in around one hour.

Public Transport from Gartocharn

There is a local bus service and Balloch (three miles distant) has an efficient, 30 min electrified rail service to Glasgow. The journey time is 47 minutes. By changing trains at Dumbarton you can transfer to the new Edinburgh line meaning that you no longer have to change trains at Glasgow Queen Street.

Glasgow airport is an easy, 30 min drive away from Tigh Beag.