The Trossachs, sometimes referred to as “Scotland in Miniature” as it is a reflection of Scotland as a whole for its scenic beauty consisting of Forest, Lochs and Glens.
From The Bield, a 10 minute walk will take you to The David Marshall Lodge Visitor Centre with many displays and wildlife information and also a shop and Cafe with magnificent views.
Aberfoyle now forms a gateway village to The Trossachs and Loch Lomond National Park, Scotland’s first National Park.
There are miles of waymarked cycling and walking routes for you to explore in The Park with cycle hire available nearby and bikes can be stored at the bed and breakfast.
For the more energetic, maybe a walk to the top of Limecraig or Craigmore, hills within a short walking distance from the Guest House.
With so many great places to visit and lots of great outdoor activities to do a 1 night stay at The Bield will never be enough and we are happy to arrange activities for our guests!
Local Days Out
1. Walks leaving from the Bield
With no need for a car there are many beautiful walks surrounding the Bield. Just get your boots on and head straight out the front door. Just ask us the evening before and we’ll show you some of the best (and lesser known) routes!
Click the slide show for a glimpse of just some of what is waiting to be discovered…
2. David Marshall Lodge and Little Fawn Waterfall
With trails suitable for all, tree top adventures, a great café, toilets and plenty of information, this should be your first stop when it comes to exploring Queen Elizabeth Forest Park.
Enjoy panoramic views and scenic trails, from a gentle stroll to a waterfall past a monument commemorating the Women’s Timber Corps, better known as the Lumberjills, to more strenuous routes through lofty woods and rocky crags just 10 minutes up the hill from the Bield B&B!
3. Go Ape
Go Ape High Wire experience is a great day out for the more adventurous and just a few minutes walk away located at the David Marshall Lodge.
It is certainly an experience to remember for all the family and the course takes about 3 hours to complete.
Click on this link and enter the code “Trossachs” for 15% off when you book your tickets.
4. Aberfoyle Old Kirk
Just on the edge of Aberfoyle is the Old KIrk which has a facinating history. Learn about the life of the Reverand Robert Kirk (local minister in 1692) who died in mysterious circumstances and whose spirit is said to be trapped in the lone Scots Pine on Doon Hill which can be seen from The Bield garden.
5. Loch Ard forest walks
Just a 5 minute drive from the Bield you’ll find the gently rolling tracks around Loch Ard are made for exploring by bike and, with sculpture trails and play features to find. Great fun for all the family.
Watch out for woodland and water-loving wildlife along the way too!
6. Sustrans Route 7
The Bield lies on Sustrans Cycle Route 7.
Route 7 is a challenging long-distance route from Sunderland to Inverness but rewards adventurous cyclists with breathtaking views of forests, hills and lochs.
Route 7 is over 600 miles long and passes through two National Parks before arriving in the Scottish Highlands at Inverness.
7. Stirling castle
Stirling Castle is one of Scotland’s most impressive castles and sits atop Castle Hill overlooking the River Forth.
Nowadays, Stirling has a lively social atmosphere with regular cultural events around the city and on the Castle Esplanade taking place throughout the year.
8. Glengoyne Distillery
Glengoyne Distillery is just a 20 minute drive from Aberfoyle and sits in a very scenic setting on the road to Glasgow.
Open all year round to visitors, Glengoyne has daily tours which vary in length and content but all give a interesting and enjoyable insight of how Glengoyne Whisky is made. Visitors can take a Master Class Tour and blend their own single malt whisky to take with them or take a shorter tour and also see the visitor centre.
To get a 10% discount on all tours just follow this link here!
9. The Loch Katrine Experience
Loch Katrine is one of Scotland’s iconic lochs offering breathtaking views best seen by taking the Steamship Sir Walter Scott to Stronachlacher.
Passengers can take there own bikes or hire bikes from The Pier, board the boat and disembark from Stronachlacher 13 miles down the loch, have lunch in the Pier Cafe and then cycle back on the private road to your start point.
We are able to offer our guests a discount on both The Steamship and Cycle Hire here!