Day trip suggestions

Inveraray – Day trip
A marvellous day out, Inveraray is on the western bank of Loch Fyne north of Arrochar beyond the ‘Rest and be Thankful’. Inveraray Castle  was used in the series Downton Abbey for a Christmas
Special. The Bell Tower dominates the town and houses the second heaviest ring of ten bells in the world and is open to the public spring /summer. You can also walk to the Tower on the hill (path starts behind the castle) which offers stunning views the length of Loch Fyne and over surrounding mountains any time of year. The George Hotel in the main street is renowned for great food.

Glasgow – Day trip
A city of amazing architecture as you walk the streets. The easiest way to travel is by train (45 min journey) from either Helensburgh Central or Balloch Central stations. The train takes you into Glasgow Queen Street station, next to George Square in the centre of the city.  Boasting great pubs,  restaurants and of course shops.  There are many museums that are FREE such as the Riverside Museum, Kelvingrove Museum and Gallery.  The famous Burrell collection is also located in Pollock Park, along with the historic Pollock House.

West Highland Line (train to Oban or Fort William and Mallaig) – Day trip
Considered by many to be the most scenic rail journey in the world. Boarding the train at Helensburgh Upper Station the train carries you north along the west coast, through the Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park until the line splits at Crianlarich, carrying you either past Loch Awe to the west coast ferry/fishing port of Oban, or high up to Rannoch Moor, through remote wilderness and on to Fort William and Mallaig. Taking the train onto Mallaig you cross the Glenfinnan Viaduct, used in the Harry Potter films for the Hogwarts Express. Views from the train are amazing in any weather!
https://www.scotrail.co.uk/scotland-by-rail/great-scenic-rail-journeys/west-highland-line-glasgow-oban-and-fort-williammallaig

Things to do

Activities

Loch Lomond Sealife CentreLocated in Balloch and open all yearWebsite: www.visitsealife.com/loch-lomondPhone: 01389 721500 Loch Lomond Bird of Prey CentreLocated in Balloch and open all yearWebsite: www.llbopc.co.ukPhone: 01389 729239 Treezone Ariel Adventure CourseLocated in Balloch and open Easter to October (Weekends only in the winter)Website: www.iye.scot/treezone-loch-lomondPhone: 01389 496055 Loch Lomond Pony TrekkingLocated in Balloch and open all yearWebsite: www.lomond-pnytreks.co.ukPhone: 01389 […]

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Historical sites

Historic Scotland (Historic Environment Scotland) offer ‘Explorer Tickets’ that enable you to visit multiple sites over a number of days to save on entry fees if visiting more than one site and also give you fast track entry for Stirling Castle and Edinburgh Castle. For more information go to: www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/explorer. Some of their historic sites have […]

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Glengoyne Distillery Killearn

Whisky distillery tour

You cannot come to Scotland without discovering the secrets of our ‘water of life’. There are many distilleries near to Crosskeys:- Glengoyne (Killearn), Deanstone (Doune), Auchentoshan (Clydebank/Glasgow), Glenturret (Crieff), Eradour (Pitlochry), Blair Athol (Pitlochry) Aberfeldy and Oban.https://trossachs.co.uk/whisky/

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