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
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 viewpoint 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 discover 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.