Every year or so my husband, sister, and brother-in-law head out for some kind of International trip. Travling has been a big part of my life since about 20. My first trip was with my sister, we explored many spots throughout Europe and the UK. I have been hooked ever since. I can always rely on my travels to inspire me and open my eyes to someting new.
So, as often as I can, I will put a travel guide together for you. I will share all the lovely places to eat, sleep and play.
Last year we took a beautiful trip to Scotland. We have family that lives in Aberfoyle and Stirling. So we bounced around the areas surrounding these two.
Aberfoyle is named "The Gateway to the Trossachs". It is part of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, It is the most charming little village nestled in the foothills of the Trossachs. The main road that makes up Aberfoyle is about a mile or so long and just wide enough for one car to drive on. The buildings are old and charming, and all the residents know eachother. Some have lived here there entire life.
The road to the Trossachs is right past this red stone building you see above. You can also visit the lovely town of Callander while you are heading through the Trossacchs. If you decide to sleep in Aberfoyle take many walks. The crisp very clean air is very liberating.
As you head in toward Aberfoyle, another stop I would highly reccommend is The Lake of Menteith. This is one of the only "lakes" in this region. As you may know Scotland is known for many beautiful "lochs". This lake is stunning. The Hotel that sits overlooking it is gorgeous and makes the "sleep" list in this guide. It would be a wonderful spot to stay while exploring this area. We had fish and chips, which were very good, while we peered out over the beauty of this Lake. It is a very peaceful spot.
The Aberfoyle Delicatessen is fantastic. We stopped in about three times while we were here to get some homemade meat pies for dinner. They have a chicken curry pie to die for. Also, grab some onion jam for your cheese while you are here. They make mostly everything themselves, and it was all delicious.
While we were here, we stayed about 2 miles down the main road of Aberfoyle. McDonalds Forest Hills Resort is where we called home for the week. It sat over looking the beautiful Loch Ard. It was quite the peaceful spot. My only warning, if you are a person that needs to be "connected" at all times with your social media accounts, this is not the spot for you. Very poor internet. That being said, I feel a break from social media is good for the brain. Going back to basics and simply reading and having conversation with other humans offered a wonderful time. We got out for daily walks and runs in the crisp fresh air...a very peacful little corner of Scotland.
Feel freee to email me with any questions you may have on traveling through these areas of Scotland. I have tons more resources to share. I will be writing Part Two of this trip next week, it will include Invarary, Stirling and Edinburgh.
Have a lovely weekend.
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