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If you could conjure up a vision of a perfect Scottish hideaway, it might just look a bit like this: hugging the banks of a river bursting with salmon, and encircled by verdant hills - a bucolic idyll in a region that offers fantastic walking, cycling and golfing opportunities, yet only a short drive from some fascinating towns and cities.
Balgair Castle Holiday Park has great facilities, including a brand new outdoor pool and on-site bistro (check the site terms under the 'Policies' tab for info on opening times). The bar offers free live entertainment on a Saturday evening only from May to October. There are free regular children's activities taking place during the months of July and August.
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Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Gas cylinders available
Touring and motorhomes
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Horse riding nearby
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Nearby farmers' market
Medium (26-50 pitches)
- Coach stations
Raploch (Stirling): Drip Road Coach Stop — 11.8 miles
11.8 miles St. Ninians (Stirling): Glasgow Rd Coach Stop — 12.1 miles
12.1 miles Clydebank: Great Western Road Coach Stop — 12.1 miles
- Train stations
Milngavie Rail Station — 9.2 miles
9.2 miles Hillfoot Rail Station — 10.7 miles
10.7 miles Lenzie Rail Station — 10.8 miles
- Ferry ports
Balmaha Pier — 11.8 miles
11.8 miles Clydebank Ferry Landing — 13.6 miles
13.6 miles Clydebank Ferry Landing — 13.6 miles
Glasgow International Airport — 16.0 miles
From Glasgow city centre
- From here head east onto Renfrew Street towards Hope Street
- Take the first left onto Hope Street then turn right at Cowcaddens Road
- Turn left at North Hanover street
- Continue straight onto Kyle Street/A804
- Continue to follow A804
- Turn left to merge onto Springburn Road/A803
- Continue to follow A803 going straight through first roundabout
- At the next roundabout take the first exit onto Torrance Road/A807 at Kelvinbridge roundabout
- Take the second exit onto Main Street/B822
- Turn right at campsite road/B822 and continue to follow B822
- Turn left at Rowantree Place/A891 and continue to follow A891
- Turn right at Crosshill Street/B822 and continue to follow B822
- Take third right onto Crow Road/B822 and continue to follow towards Fintry
- After entering Fintry turn right at Kippen Road/B822
- Continue to follow road and after Balgair Castle Park sign, turn left and follow road into park
- Reception is on the the right-hand side as you enter
Directions from Stirling Town Centre
- Head North towards Goosecroft Road/B8052
- Exit the roundabout onto Goosecroft Road/B8052
- At Craigs roundabout take the fifth exit onto Upper Craigs/A811
- Turn left at Wellgreen Road/A811
- At Wellgreen Place, take the second exit and stay on Wellgreen Road/A811
- Turn right at St Ninians Road/A811 and continue to follow A811
- Turn left at Dumbarton road/A811 and continue to follow A811
- Go through first roundabout
- At next roundabout take the first exit onto B822 and continue to follow B822
- After Balgair Castle Holiday Park sign turn right and follow road down into park
- Reception on the right-hand side as you enter.
Within easy walking distance are two snug village pubs, a leisure centre with squash courts and indoor bowling, and the luxurious Culcreuch Castle Hotel, a converted castle with lovely grounds that would be perfect for afternoon tea or an evening treat. The neighbouring village of Kippin also has a couple of good pubs, as well as a colourful history for visitors to explore.
As well as the natural attractions of nearby Loch Lomond, the Trossachs and the watery wonders of the Flanders Moss nature reserve, the area is crammed with interesting sights. Top of the list should be the historic city of Stirling, with its dramatic castle and iconic Wallace Monument, as well as some brilliant shopping: the Old Arcade offers independent boutiques and beautiful Victorian architecture, and the more recent Thistles centre has a whopping 90 stores.
The Falkirk Wheel, a unique rotating boat lift that can carry eight boats at a time, is also well worth a visit, and no trip to Scotland would be complete without a tasting at a whisky distillery - close to Balgair you’ll find one of the prettiest in Scotland, the Glengoyne Distillery.
This region of Scotland has an abundance of heritage properties and history to explore. Follow in the footsteps of Mary, Queen of Scots and Bonnie Prince Charlie at Callendar House in Falkirk, see the battlefield where Bobby the Bruce routed the English at the Bannockburn Heritage Centre, be uplifted by the medieval splendor of Dunblane Cathedral or explore the Trossachs and the real story of their most famous son at the Rob Roy Visitor Centre.
There’s no shortage of things to occupy the wee folk either, with activities from ten-pin bowling to horse riding on offer nearby, plus popular attractions such as the Blair Drummond Safari Park (driving and boat safaris, fairground rides, pedal boats and giant slides), or Briarlands Farm, which offers good old-fashioned country fun, including pick your own. The whole family will enjoy Mugdock Country Park, where there are loads of outdoorsy activities to try, as well as lovely grounds, craft, garden and gift shops, and regular events ranging from art exhibitions to treasure hunts.
- Stirling Castle (12.1 miles)
- Royal Burgh of Stirling Visitor Centre (12.2 miles)
- Loch Lomond Park Centre (12.3 miles)
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