It is hard to be totally accurate about this because we do not see much of our guests. We purposely keep out of the way to allow them total privacy. However, as we potter around the site doing our maintenance activities we often bump into guests and have a quick chat. Here are some of the activities they take part in.
Talking – this is a recurring theme. They are “unplugged” from the world and actually take the time to talk to each other. Many of our guests have busy lives, young families, stressful jobs and they seldom have the time to actually just spend time chatting.
Walking – we live right beside Queen Elizabeth Forest. We have hundreds of walks on our doorstep and our little book gives lots of local suggestions. Strolling beside the river at your doorstep is a favourite for a short stroll.
Hire bikes/bring bikes – we have a local bike hire shop in Aberfoyle www.aberfoylebikehire.co.uk. Again – miles of tracks to explore. We have had quite a few people who have cycled here from Glasgow or as part of a round trip on their bikes. We are on National Cycle Route 7.
Go Ape – climbing about the tops of trees on wires (why would you?)
Action Adventure Activities
www.actionadventureactivities.com – provides all sorts of “action things” as the name suggests like canoeing, off-road driving etc – they are across the road.
Blair Drummond Safari Park – this is not just a day out with children. I have dragged my children and niece and nephews every year (they are now in their 20s) and I love it! I think they come now just to humour their ageing aunt!
Eating and Drinking – we have The Black Bull Hotel in the village of Gartmore and it is a lovely 20 minute walk or 3 minute drive. It does great “pub grub” as does the Forth Inn in Aberfoyle (also a 20 minute walk). The Lake of Menteith Hotel has a stunning setting on the lake and is a 10 minute drive away.
Reading – catching up on the books you fall asleep reading at home.
Nature watching – there are various animals which pass through the forest and some actually live in the forest with you (no bears).
Riding – we have a local riding stable Rednock www.castlerednocktrekking.com and it does segway adventures too. It is 5 minutes in the car. Make sure you avoid the trees
Sleeping – some people just love the comfortable beds and spend time napping with the stable door half open to get the fresh air and the smell of the forest.
Hiking – Ben Lomond, Ben A’an and many other Bens. Back to the cabin and soak in the bath
Chilling in the cabin – some people do not ever leave the cabin. They chill, sleep, read, sip a glass of wine, soak in the bath, play the games which are under the bed, chat and spend time reconnecting with each other.