Probably one of the most famous bodies of water in the world and certainly one of the most beautiful, Loch Lomond is where highlands meet lowlands and the contrast is most dramatic. With Ben Lomond towering over the northern-most stretch of the Loch, there are numerous opportunities for water sports and picnicking. You can arrange boat trips year round at Balloch.

Culcreuch Castle also has 1,600 acres of its own park and woodland for your pleasure, including a private loch. Located at Fintry, a sleepy little hamlet that regularly picks awards in Scotland's 'Best Kept Village' competition, the castle is also the ideal base for exploring some of our most scenic and historically-rich landscapes.

Hillwalking starts just outside our door here in the Campsie Fells. Travel 40 minutes by car and you are in shot of three munros, which is to say a mountain over 3,000 ft. Less strenuous, the Campsie Trail links the villages of Fintry, Kippen, Gargunnock, Balfron and Lennoxtown and is excellent for both walking and cycling.

From the local 18 hole course at Balfron to the world famous championship courses at Gleneagles and St Andrew's, this is where golf was born.

There are smaller things you can do aswell. Loup of Fintry is a spectacular 94-ft waterfall of the River Endrick, just two miles from the village on the B818. Glengoyne Distillery, near Killearn on the A81 offers tours, tasting and nosing sessions, plus a heritage room devoted to Scotland's national drink. At Pots of Gartness, near Killearn, at certain times of the year you can see salmon leaping up a waterfall to spawn.

At a glance...

18-hole golf course at Balfron with world-famous championship courses, 6 miles from the castle.

The Falkirk Wheel is about a 40 minute drive from the castle

GoApe at the David Marshall lodge near Aberfoyle is only a few miles from the castle.

Hillwalking is available right out side the castle door in the campsie fells.

Visit 94ft waterfall of River Endrick, just two miles from Fintry village

"Although we stayed just one night, we were very happy to have chosen this castle. The rooms were cozy, and the pub on the premises was an added bonus, as we had been traveling all day and did not care to drive any more. There were many options for breakfast, including Haggis if one chose to try it."

- Diane Leighty