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SCOTLAND FROM THE COMFORT OF YOUR OWN HOME
A comfortable, spacious family
surrounded by beauty
& history. A great
for exploring Scotland located
in Loch Lomond & Trossachs
Park in the home
of Rob Roy MacGregor.
COTTAGE: Jills 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 cottages front door.
cheerful, country kitchen
at Jill's Cottage, Balquhidder.
Recently redone with all new furnishings and
fixtures, the cozy cottage comprises two double bedroomsone 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 cottages 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
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 Kings House for the nearest
full-service restaurant and pub. Shops, more tea rooms and restaurants are in the villages
of Lochearnhead and
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,
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
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 regions 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.
St. Andrews and
the Fife coast are 1-2 hours to
the east. The
Loch Lomond, Loch Ness, and
even Inverness are easy day trips to the west and north. See two sample
Sail Loch Etive and See Highland Seals,
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 Scotlands beauty, its friendly, welcoming residents, its
golf courses, Highlands
challenging hiking, salmon fishing, and many other
attractions combine to provide it with the best of Scotland.
is within the confines of
Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park,
Scotlands first national park. The park offers excellent
and hiking, fishing, and
cycling in some of
Scotlands 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 youre 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.
For current availability information, call
HOME AT FIRST at
(800) 523-5842, or contact us by e-mail at:
Cottage consistently receives high ratings from
HOME AT FIRST guests.