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EXPLORE SCOTLAND FROM THE COMFORT OF YOUR OWN HOME

JILL's

COTTAGE

BALQUHIDDER

CENTRAL SCOTLAND

A comfortable, spacious family lodging

 surrounded by beauty & history. A great

home base for exploring Scotland located
in
Loch Lomond & Trossachs National
Park
in the home of Rob Roy MacGregor.

Jill's Cottage, Balquhidder, Central Scotland, amid the stunning scenery of the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park.

 

 

THE COTTAGE: Jill’s Cottage is a beautifully done four-to-six-person historic home in the home village of Rob Roy MacGregor. The cottage is on the outskirts of the tiny Balquhidder village, less than one-half mile from the churchyard where Scottish hero Rob Roy MacGregor is buried. There are lovely, easy walks and more challenging hiking just outside the cottage’s front door.

The bright, cheerful, country kitchen at Jill's Cottage, Balquhidder.
The bright, cheerful, country kitchen
at Jill's Cottage, Balquhidder.

          Recently redone with all new furnishings and fixtures, the cozy cottage comprises two double bedrooms—one with a bathroom (shower, but no tub). A third bedroom with twin beds is on the second floor of the cottage along with a second large bathroom with leg tub. The cottage’s first floor includes a comfortable large living room with fireplace and TV, and a large country kitchen with oven, microwave, range, and coffee maker. The historic cottage is heated when necessary with individual electric heating units in each room. There is a laundry room with

washer and tumble dryer. Access to the cottage is via a private gated driveway with parking provided at the front of the house. All of the cottage’s rear-facing windows provide classic mountain views of the Scottish Highlands of Balquhidder Glen.

 

THE SETTING: Balquhidder is nestled in the geographic center of Scotland affording easy access to much of Scotland, and peaceful, spectacular scenery at the end of every touring day. Balquhidder offers history and wonderful views, but — other than a tea room (light meals) — no shops or stores, not even a pub. One must drive 5 minutes east to reach the King’s House for the nearest full-service restaurant and pub. Shops, more tea rooms and restaurants are in the villages of Lochearnhead and Strathyre,

Looking west across Lochs Voil and Doune in Balquhidder Glen, in Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park.
Looking west across Lochs Voil and Doune
in Balquhidder Glen, in Loch Lomond
and
Trossachs National Park.

respectively 5 minutes north and south of the King’s House. Another 10-15 minutes south along Loch Lubnaig leads to the region’s market town of Callander, which has two larger groceries, several restaurants, several other shops, including some noted woolen mills, and the tourist office for the Trossachs, Rob Roy country.

 

THE LOCATION: The Trossachs are best known for their bad-boy favorite son, Rob Roy MacGregor, legendary Scottish patriot, whose infamous cattle rustling, inter-clan feuding, and Highland high jinks made him something of a Celtic Jesse James to the Crown’s red-coated army of Scottish occupation. And, while it’s impossible to know where his legend ends and historical reality begins, the Rob Roy story only adds

Balquhidder Glen looking west. Rob Roy MacGregor lived and died here.
Balquhidder Glen looking west.
Rob Roy MacGregor lived and died here.

dimension and color to the already mystical landscape of mountains, glens, lochs, heather, and gorse that adorn the Trossachs and the beautiful Central Highlands.
          The region’s central location makes it a great base from which the Highlands, the Inner Hebrides isles, coastal lands east and west, and the great Scottish cities of Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, and Inverness can be reached in a series of day trips by car.
Edinburgh, St. Andrews and the Fife coast are 1-2 hours to

the east. The Inner Hebrides, Loch Lomond, Loch Ness, and even Inverness are easy day trips to the west and north. See two sample day trips: Sail Loch Etive and See Highland Seals, and Hiking over the Devil's Staircase from Glen Coe. Our 100+ page accompanying "Scotland Activities Guide" provides dozens of suggestions of all kinds.
          But Central Scotland is itself worthy of exploration. Central Scotland’s beauty, its friendly, welcoming residents, its
castles, golf courses, Highlands festivals, challenging hiking, salmon fishing, and many other attractions combine to provide it with the best of Scotland.

 

ACTIVITIES: Balquhidder is within the confines of Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park, Scotland’s first national park. The park offers excellent walking and hiking, fishing, and cycling in some of Scotland’s most beautiful unspoiled Highland scenery. Conveniently, Balquhidder is in the virtual center of Scotland and, despite its rural beauty, is ideally suited as a base for touring throughout much of Scotland.

 

THE OFFER: Discover your Scottish roots even if you’re not Scottish. You can live in a beautiful, peaceful Scottish glen, shopping, eating, and traveling like a native. Get to know your neighbors, including woolly sheep and red-haired Highland cows, and walk in the footsteps of Rob Roy MacGregor. Travel throughout Scotland by day, and return to your cozy Scotland cottage at night. Home At First makes it possible to experience the Scotland of your travel dreams.

Hikers above Balquhidder walking in the footsteps of Rob Roy MacGregor. Photo © Home at First.
Hikers above Balquhidder walking in
the footsteps of Rob Roy MacGregor.

 

AVAILABILITY: For current availability information, call HOME AT FIRST at
(800) 523-5842, or contact us by e-mail at: info@homeatfirst.com.

NOTE:
Jill's Cottage consistently receives high ratings from HOME AT FIRST guests.

 

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