As One Door Closes, Another One Opens…

It was a very emotional day in Gartocharn on the 6th of June…After 32 years of trading firstly as the hugely popular Hungry Monk and for the last 11 years as The 5 star accredited House Of Darrach we have finally closed our doors to the public.

Over the last 11 years the Cawley family have added Coast at Langbank, Boardwalk at Falkirk, and the Riverhouse at Stirling to the already successful portfolio of The Loch House at Lochwinnoch and Duck Bay Marina on Loch Lomond.

Their continued success has meant an ever increasing team of maintenance and office staff all working very hard behind the scenes. The closure of the House of Darrach to the public has enabled us to give those teams some much needed new offices, storage space and parking for maintenance vehicles at Gartocharn.

We are also now able to finally realise a longed-for dream of utilising the space for a long awaited staff training academy and central kitchen which will hopefully enable us to provide a more consistent service to our customers at all of our venues.

As we begin a new chapter at Gartocharn, we would like to thank all the hard working staff who all contributed to the success of both the Hungry Monk and the House of Darrach over the years and in particular, we would like to thank all our customers past and present, for your continued support.

We look forward to seeing all of you at one of our restaurants across the central belt and perhaps at a new restaurant coming near you.

Watch this space….

With many thanks

The Cawley Family


charming coffee & gift shop.

Nestled away to discover in Gartocharn, at the foot of Loch Lomond’s famous wee ‘Dumpling’ Hill​.

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EAtery & shop, loch lomond

Experience the quieter, ‘local’ side of Loch Lomond with a trip out to Gartocharn. Witness the charms of rural life and scenery, whilst making sure to drop by our 5* visitor attraction as graded by Scotland’s national tourism agency, Visit Scotland.

Take a break from the action and adventure so readily available in Loch Lomond. Allow yourself a few leisurely hours to peruse both our art gallery featuring talented local artists, and our eclectic emporium of deli, gift and fashion items which truly can’t be found on the high street! Punctuate your perusing with a treat or three from our stylish, yet cosy licensed coffee shop serving breakfast, afternoon teas, lunch and delightful in-house bakery products.

Open 9:30am-6pm everyday, last menu orders taken at 5pm. 


rural village on the southern shore of Loch Lomond.

Our idyllic location of Gartocharn is situated at the quieter south end of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, sitting in the shadow of Duncryne Hill, affectionally known locally as the ‘Dumpling’ because its shape resembles a cloutie dumpling. Gartocharn offers visitors to the wider region insight into the gentler pace of Scottish rural life largely unchanged by modern day hustle and bustle found only a few minutes drive away closer to the loch shore

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