For the adventurous purchaser at Highland Park, you have a wonderful playground on your doorstep. Here are a few of the many outdoor sports available to you: Mountain Biking, Munro Bagging, Mountain Climbing Canoeing & Kayaking, River Rafting, and Snowboarding & Skiing.
Just a short drive or walk from your new home is the Killin Outdoor Centre and Mountain Shop, which hires and sells equipment to cover all of the above sports. The owners and staff are friendly, helpful and a font of local information. Their web site at www.killinoutdoor.co.uk is an excellent resource for local sporting news and offers for both visitors and residents.
Golf: A 5-minute walk from Highland Park is the Killin Golf Club, often described as one of the most beautiful 9-hole courses in Scotland. A warm welcome awaits visitors and members alike. Tasty meals and snacks are served in the clubhouse. Of course, there are numerous other courses within a short drive from Killin: Callander (18 holes); Crieff (18 holes); Comrie (9 holes); and, of particular note, the mighty Gleneagles, to name but a few.
Fishing: You will be truly spoiled for both salmon and trout fishing. The adjacent River Lochay and River Dochart join nearby Loch Tay, with boat launching available at the Killin Hotel. Boats, equipment and guides (ghillies) can be hired and tuition provided on our neighbouring lochs and rivers.
Boating & Water Sports: Both feature on Loch Tay and close-by Loch Earn, where you can even learn to water ski.
Motor & Equestrian Sports: A 30-minute drive takes you to the Castle Rednock Trekking Centre, where you can enjoy Quad Pods, Segway treks, Shetland pony driving, pony trekking and riding tuition … A real family day out. See their web site at www.trosssachstrekking.com.
Cycling: There are many well-marked cycling routes to and from Killin geared for experienced and novice riders. Cycles can be hired at the Killin Outdoor Centre and Mountain Shop.
Swimming & Fitness: The nearest leisure centre with swimming pool, climbing wall and fitness suite is the McLaren Community Leisure Centre in Callander, only a 30-minute drive from Killin. Swimming lessons and fitness training and classes are available as well.
Restaurants & Pubs: The Bridge of Lochay Hotel, just around the corner, and the Killin Hotel, in the Village, both feature open fires, well-stocked bars and a full range of dining options whether to start your day, enjoy a quick snack or bar meal or celebrate a special occasion. There are, of course, many more choices in the area, ranging from takeaway to cafes & coffee shops to fine dining, featuring both local & international cuisine.
Shopping: There is an abundance of shopping and ‘retail therapy’ opportunities in the Village of Killin and nearby areas, including art galleries, gift & antique shops, and specialty craft shops and fairs. Truly, something for everyone. Of course, there is also the spectacular House of Bruar about an hour away at Blair Atholl for something special and Karelia House about 30 minutes away at Comrie Bridge for the craft enthusiast.
Amenities & Services: Village amenities & services include a popular unisex hairdresser, convenient laundry, fabric studio, convenience grocery, chemist, bake house, medical centre to name but a few.
Castles: Castle Menzies in Aberfeldy, Blair Castle at Blair Atholl and Drummond Castle at Crieff are a few of the nearby castles to visit.
Wildlife Viewing: Local safaris venture into the mountains, where you can enjoy close-up encounters with red deer, eagles, and many more of Scotland’s wildlife and enjoy the unique flora and fauna of this area of outstanding natural beauty, especially within the Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park.
Events: Whether it is the Highland Games, arts & crafts fairs, community fetes or others, there are plenty of events throughout the year to experience and enjoy.
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