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         TwoStones

                Bed & Breakfast, Arrochar, Scotland

 


                 LOCAL AREA
 

TwoStones is situated in the heart of Scotland's first National Park - The Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park,  and is only a five minute walk from Loch Long and 1.5 miles from Loch Lomond and the pier at Tarbet.

The ARROCHAR ALPS  (as featured in TRAIL & TGO ) consist of several interconnecting mountain ranges of over 30 summits, five of which are listed MUNROS' (above 3000ft). This entire area provides extensive  HILL WALKING opportunities both low & high level as well as connecting LONG DISTANCE PATHWAYS amongst some of the most beautiful mountain scenery in the BRITISH ISLES. 

TwoStones is ideally situated as a base to explore this magnificent area.

BEN LOMOND is easily accessible by the mountain ferry operating from Tarbet early morning, returning late afternoon (APRIL to NOVEMBER). The area also has both on & off road cycle routes with the  NATIONAL CYCLE ROUTE along the west shore of LOCH LOMOND close by.

GOLF, FISHING & various WATER SPORTS are also available nearby.

View from Two Stones B&B, Arrochar, ScotlandArrochar makes an ideal base for touring Scotland. Glasgow is about 45 miles, Edinburgh about 50 miles. There are many things to do within a short drive - these include: - (click on any of the links below for more information)

At Arrochar you can spend a leisurely day fishing on the Loch. There are many walks and hikes that start from Arrochar. From here you can ascend the Cobbler (Ben Arthur) part of the Arrochar Alps. Guided walking tours are available. Arrochar also has several restaurants, pubs and shops. There is also a doctor's surgery. Helensburgh has a wider array of shops including dentist, hairdresser, banks, cash machines etc. In the immediate area there are plenty of trails for the walker to enjoy.  Within a short drive there are beautiful glens and lochs to explore.

Relax and unwind in luxury amid the spectacular surroundings of our National Park, visit some of our magnificent and historic sightseeing or use up your energy on some of our more energetic pastimes. Loch Long and the Loch Lomond area has a wealth of activities on offer,  and with such a diverse landscape there are plenty of age old and new skills that you might like to turn your hand to and take away a true highland experience.

Arrochar is perfectly situated for a range of outdoor activities and water sports. From hill walking and nature trails  to golfing, jet skiing and cruising on Loch Lomond, fishing to shooting and cycling to  quad biking or four wheel driving, there are a  range of local companies who can help make your stay in Arrochar  that little bit more energizing and satisfy for  all ages.

No matter if you are on a day trip, short break or a long term stay there is more than enough to keep you satisfied and coming back for more.

Walking / Hiking  Scotland’s most famous long distance hiking trail ‘The West Highland Way’, passes on the east side of Loch Lomond and part of the trail can be tackled on a day trip - you can even take a dip in the loch as part of your hike!

There are abundant opportunities for walking at all levels, from short forest trails to a variety of ‘Munros’ (you can even start climbing a Munro within a 10 minute walk) in the Arrochar Alps and Crianlarich Hills.

Cycling  If mountain biking is your forte, we have some wonderful forest trails close by. We are also 5 minutes away from the Loch Lomond Cycle Route (50 mile round trip for the adventurous) which, with both historic and picturesque stops along the way, provides an easy day out for all the family. You can also join the National Cycle Network and explore the rest of Scotland’s cycle paths.

Touring  The West Highland rail line stops at Arrochar and Tarbet station and guests can take a memorable ride through the glorious Highland scenery to Fort William, Oban or Mallaig. We are also within comfortable driving distance of a range of tourist attractions, whatever the weather.


 

The Cobbler, Ben Arthus, Arrochar             

   The Cobbler, Ben Arthur                                        Loch Lomond Seaplane

 

  And below is a summary of some of the activities: -

The Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park - TwoStones is in The Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park embraces diverse landscapes from the high country of Breadalbane to the sea lochs of Argyll. The Highland Boundary Fault cuts through the Park, dividing the gentle Lowlands from the rugged terrain of the Highlands. The Park is divided into four distinct areas: Loch Lomond, The Argyll Forrest, The Trossachs and Breadalbane.

Mansfield Studios is a pottery studio and craft gallery in Arrochar showcasing superb quality ceramics, jewellery, photography, paintings, textiles and other traditional crafts.

 

 

Boat Trips & Cruises on the Loch can be taken from Tarbet pier 2km from Cruachan - this is a relaxing way to take in the scenery. Don't forget your camera!
Loch Lomond Seaplanes - take a flight from Loch Lomond and take in some unparalleled views of Scotland with your flight returning over Arrochar and The Cobbler to Tarbet and back to Culag.
Inveraray Jail - take a tour of both the old prison and the new prison; hear about those who were luck enough to escape from the jail and get to know the 4345 prisoners from their records.
Inveraray Castle is situated in the picturesque village of Inveraray on Loch Fyne. There are many quaint old shops including a Whisky shop and a Scottish Heather shop.
Luss (approx 8 miles) Visit the picturesque lochside village of Luss. Take in the breathtaking views, enjoy the hospitality of the welcoming coffee shops and treat yourself to some souvenirs. Luss has its own Highland Games.
Helensburgh lies approximately 20 miles away and is the home of the famous Hill House by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Have a wander around the shops, enjoy and ice-cream and perhaps be lucky enough to see the Waverley paddle steamer on the Clyde.
Balloch  The village of Balloch is about 20 miles South and whether you walk, cycle or drive, plenty of refreshment awaits. There are numerous cafes, restaurants and bars, some have evening entertainment including the Folk Festival in late July.
Balloch Castle Country Park has plenty of walks and stunning gardens with plenty of seating to enjoy the views. The Balloch Highland Games are held in the park. There is also an annual rock festival here which attracts the world's finest musicians and artists.
Loch Lomond Shores in Balloch has stunning views of Ben Lomond and the Loch from the southern tip along with a shopping mall, including Jenners. There is a great visitor centre with local information and activities with a woodland walk. Loch Lomond aquarium has recently opened at Drumkinnon Tower with many exhibits including otters and sharks. Car parking is free and small boats and cycles can be hired.
The Whisky Trail - For centuries whisky and the west coast of Scotland have been synonymous. Scotland's West Coast Whisky Trail – 'The Whisky Coast' blends incredible Scottish scenery, the finest hotels, restaurants and visitor attractions with the best single malt whisky for a truly unforgettable holiday experience.

For more information visit  http://www.whiskycoast.co.uk/default.htm

Golf There are many golf courses nearby including The Loch Lomond Golf Club, the newly created Carrick, Cameron House, Helensburgh, Dumbarton and The Vale of Leven. 

Helensburgh Golf Club is the closest - Contact: Mr Stark Tel: 01436 675505 - click HERE for more information

Walking  There is plenty of opportunity to walk in the surrounding area and a short drive can open a whole new world. The Cobbler can be accessed on foot. The base of the walk is about a half mile walk.

Led walks and hikes are available by a qualified leader. There are walking  routes and cycling routes from the Ardgarten Visitor Centre - click HERE for more information. Click HERE for led walks of The Arrochar Alps.

There is also a swimming pool at Helensburgh - telephone 01369 701170

Fishing is a popular pass time for tourists and residents alike. Loch Long, being a sea loch, offers a variety of catch ranging from Mackerel to Conger Eel! There are also several local rivers where fishing is permitted.

Fishing boats can be hired from Teighness in Arrochar village or form the camp site at Ardgarten.

 

Glasgow is around 40 miles away. There are plenty of car parks in the city centre where you will find every type of shop and designer outlet. There are many libraries and places of interest. There is also an open top bus tour. Glasgow is a great day out for all the family.
Edinburgh is about one and a half hours drive and has stunning architecture and the famous Edinburgh Castle. There are many great places to eat and things to see.
Stirling is just over an hour away and also features the famous Sterling Castle.
Inverness is a three hour drive. See the beautiful Loch Ness and catch a glimpse of the monster!
 

LOCAL HISTORY

The areas of Arrochar and Tarbet is steeped in local history. Take a look at the Local Heritage group website by clicking HERE - The Arrochar, Tarbet & Ardlui Heritage Group. You will find hundreds of old photographs, documents and historical articles plus resident's memories. It's a wealth of information.

Web Site -   www.arrocharheritage.com 

 

For further details please telephone us on +44(0) 1301 705828

or email us at enquiries@twostones.co.uk