Tigh na Croit
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About Tigh na Croit
This lovely and secluded 400 year old stone cottage lies surrounded by its own large garden in the quiet rural Balquhidder glen. In the heart of Rob Roy Country, who incidentally is buried in the churchyard, you can choose to be as busy or as chilled out as you wish. The area, with it’s spectacular scenery, is perfect for long walks and winding down – day trips and activities are within easy distance when you choose!
Visited and reviewed by Gary
If you have ever read Enid Blyton's ‘The Famous Five' books and wondered what it might look like in real life, then this is it.
Nestled in an idyllic glen in the heart of the Stirlingshire mountains, Tigh na croit (pronounced Tie-na-croyt) is a deceptively large, lovely and homely cottage that sleeps up to 6 - there are 2 double bedrooms on the ground floor (one with an en-suite shower room) and a twin bedroom upstairs across the landing from a large family bathroom which is ideal for kids. A cot is available if required.
The spacious sitting room with an open fire provides loads of space to relax. There is a TV & DVD player and a number of games, books and DVDs for all ages. The suitably equipped country kitchen is the real heart of the home with a large table for eating, playing board and card games, cooking and entertaining. A highchair is available if required. A dishwasher makes life easier as does the separate laundry room with life's essential washer and dryer. Bedlinen, heating and towels are all included. No pets are allowed nor is smoking permitted. There is also wifi available.
This is walking, climbing and exploring country - from the kids exploring the garden and surrounding area to further afield and the Munros, which include Ben Vorlich and Stuc a Chroin, long distance cross-country walks, short walks by river or loch, forest rambles as well as guided walks. For golfers there is a course at St. Fillans and 32 golf courses within a 2 hour drive! Fishing is abundant with a wealth of salmon, sea trout and brown trout in both lochs and rivers. Loch Earn and other nearby lochs and rivers offer Waterskiing, kayaking, sailing, windsurfing. Cycling, horse-riding and field sports can all be organised locally. Scotland's legendary Rob Roy McGregor is buried nearby.
You can travel further afield if you wish with visitor attractions include Glenturret Distillery, the Blair Drummond Safari Park, Auchingarrich Wildlife Park, Doune Antiques Centre, Stirling Castle and Jail and the Wallace Monument, Ben Lawers Visitor Centre all within 45 minutes drive. Should you wish to go further afield you might visit Glen Coe or Loch Ness or take a ride on the Jacobite steam train from Crianlarich to Fort William and Mallaig crossing the Glenfinnan viaduct of Harry Potter fame. Or else you might go West to Oban and take a ferry trip to Mull and "Ballamory".
This is as idyllic as it gets and a holiday here is a holiday away from it all. We fell in love with the place the moment we set eyes on it and it is a place you will want to return to time and time again. The girls spent hours exploring the garden, played poo sticks and explored the waterfall nearby, and we walked and just spent time together away from all the hustle and bustle of modern life. We even decided to turn off all our gadgets and it was so just the thing to do.