House of Darrach is proudly situated in the beautiful rural community of Gartocharn, close to the south end of Loch Lomond. Although you may feel a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of the busier resorts of Balloch and Alexandria, Gartocharn is actually only a 8-10 minute drive away from both!
Gartocharn is an ideal place to stay – a relaxing basecamp to return to after energetic, busy days spent exploring all that Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park has to offer. However, it’s also an ideal place to visit in its own right. Apart from the art gallery, exclusive retail and delicious food selection all on offer at House of Darrach, Gatocharn is a walker, birdwatcher and photographer haven….
There are many beautiful walks near the village, although a ‘must-do’ is the newly upgraded Aber Path to the view point at Net Bay. From here you can admire the outstanding panorama over the bay to the mouth of the River Endrick and witness a variety of bird species including sand martin, house martin, swift and osprey. You can find out more about the history and landmarks (including Gartocharn itself) on this route here.
Gartocharn’s second most popular landmark, Duncryne Hill (second only to House of Darrach of course!), is a tiny ‘Dumpling’ shaped hill of only 465 feet above sea level. However the minimal effort required for the very short ascent is generously rewarded in the reveal of one of the best views of Loch Lomond, dotted with its many islands and backed by the rugged mountain terrain of the Southern Highlands.