Further Afield

Braehead Cottage’s location in the heart of Scotland makes it the perfect location for exploring the country. Although further afield than the local area, the following locations are easily accessible from the cottage and provide great ideas for day trips.

1 Oban A popular coastal resort town about 1½ hours drive from St Fillans, Oban is a fishing and ferry port with its own distillery. Whether you’re on shore or off, there’s plenty to see and do around town. Catch a ferry and you can start to explore the Scottish islands, such as the famous Isle of Mull, or further out to the Western Isles.

2 Glencoe A famous volcanic glen in the Highlands of Scotland, on the road to Fort William, about 1¼ hours driving time from St Fillans. Often considered one of the most beautiful and spectacular places in Scotland. It’s a popular destination for hill walkers and mountaineers, plus skiers and snowboarders in the winter.

3 Fort William About 1¾ hours away by car, the largest town in the western highlands, Fort William is a major tourist destination and a centre for sporting activities in the region. Ben Nevis, the highest peak in the British Isles, towers over the town. Fort William is also the departure point for the Jacobite Express, a Harry Potter style steam train journey over the famous Glenfinnan Viaduct to Mallaig. Just outside the town sits Nevis Range, a top location for skiing and snowboarding in the winter, and a year-round mountain gondola.

4 Inverness Britain’s most northerly city is around 2¾ hours drive from Braehead Cottage. Inverness is a centre of culture and sport, with theatres, museums, many golf courses, and historic Culloden Battlefield. A short drive away is Loch Ness, home to the world famous monster, or ‘Nessie’ as she’s known in these parts. Also nearby is the Moray Firth, home to less elusive creatures, especially dolphins.

5 Dundee About 1¼ hours from St Fillans is Dundee, ‘City of Discovery’. The home of RRS Discovery, the ship Captain Scott of the Antarctic sailed on his heroic mission. Dundee is a centre for publishing and journalism, home of The Beano and The Dandy comics, as well as regional newspapers.

6 Edinburgh The capital of Scotland, famous for its rich history and architecture, world-class festivals, fine dining and, of course, its pubs. As the number one tourist destination in the country, there is a wealth of things to see and do in the city, no matter your age or interests. About 1½ hours away by car.

7 Glasgow Host city of the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Glasgow offers a blend of internationally-acclaimed museums and galleries, city parks, stunning architecture, fantastic shopping and, unsurprisingly in a city with a legendary music scene, a vibrant nightlife. The city centre is around 1¼ hours driving time from St Fillans.