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Introduction

There are many activities close to Lenymede Bed and Breakfast available to both the short and long stay visitor. Throughout the Trossachs you can find plenty of opportunities for calm and relaxation or adventure and excitement. Here at Lenymede bed and breakfast we will do everything we can to help you enjoy yourself. Read on for general information on a range of activities or click on the links to the right for more details of some of them.

If you are interested in trying any of these activities contact us or for further information or see the Activity Holiday Page.

Walking
Cycling
Golf
Fishing
Activity Holidays

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Throughout The Trossachs

Cycling

For cycling enthusiasts there is access to cycle tracks offering hundreds of kilometres of cycling through woods and forests, and alongside many of the beautiful lochs of the area including Lochs Lubnaig, Venachar, and Katrine. The Queen Elizabeth Forest alone offers 250 kms of waymarked forest trails with a variety of routes suitable for all abilities. Loch Katrine is also an enchanting location for a cycle ride in the heart of Rob Roy country with the opportunity to cycle one way and sail on the other on board the S.S. Sir Walter Scott.

From Callander the old Oban railway offers an attractive cycle route following the Leny River past the site of a Roman camp and on through the peaceful deciduous woods of Leny Pass where you can view the waterfalls. The route continues along the shores of Loch Lubnaig to Strathyre. Elsewhere, hill tracks provide exciting excursions for mountain bikers.

Mountain and road bikes are available for hire from Trossachs Cycles at the Trossachs Holiday Park, Aberfoyle all year 9 am until late seven days a week. Bike hire is also available from a mobile truck at Loch Katrine Pier 9.30 - 5.30 seven days a week, April - October. The latest bikes are available and are normally replaced after three months. Childrens bikes, seats and trailers are available as well as carriers to enable you to transport bikes on your car. Helmets are provided free. Adult rates for a 21 speed mountain bike are £3 per hour, £6.50 per half day and £10 per day.

Trossachs Cycles, Trossachs Holiday Park,
Aberfoyle, Perthshire, FK8 3SA
Call 01877 382617, Fax 01877 382732, Mobile 0589 607547
E-mail : 106126,1116@compuserve.com
Availability : Park - all year, all week 9 am til late; Pier - April - October all week 9.30 - 5. 30
Cost : Hourly, ½ day and full day rates from £1 - £3 per hour to £5 - £16 per day.

In Callander bikes are available from the Scottish Cycle Centre and Mounter Bikes. Contact Wheels:

Scottish Cycle Centre, Invertrossachs Road,
Callander, Perthshire, FK17 8HW
Call Mark or Janet 01877-331100; International (44) 1877-331100
Fax: 01877-331200; International (44) 1877-331200
E-mail: scotcycle@aol.com
Web Site: Scottish Cycle Centre
Quality bikes, baby seats, childrens cycles, helmets, workshop, and parts
Cost: ½ day, day and weekly rates from £2 per kiddy, £3 per child and £5. Group discounts.
Mounter Bikes, Ancaster Square, Callander
Call 01877 331052 or 01877 330721
Helmets, childrens bikes, baby seats, group rates.
Cost : From £6 per half day.

For a list of some of the cycle routes in the area see the Cycling Page.

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Fishing

Excellent game and coarse fishing is available at a range of locations in and around The Trossachs. The area has much to offer the angler with game fishing, that is fishing for salmon and sea trout, being open from February 1st to October 6th, and brown trout fishing from March 15th to October 6th.

Lochs Ard, Venachar, and Lubnaig all offer good sport with brown trout as do Loch Katrine and Finglas Reservoir. You should check on the angling method allowed for each venue since the regulations concerning such things as the use of live bait and boats, for example, varies from location to location. For river fishing try the Teith at Callander. Please take care to avoid discarding fishing line since this causes untold suffering to wildlife particularly birds.

For a list of fishing locations and information on type, cost, contacts for licenses and any special notes, see the Fishing Permits Page.

For new and completely updated fishing information visit http://www.lenymede.demon.co.uk/fishing.html

Golf

As well as Callander's own golf course there are many others in the area including Aberfoyle, Stirling and Crieff while further afield are Gleneagles and St.Andrews. For additional golfing information see Golfing Page.

For new and completely updated golfing information visit http://www.lenymede.demon.co.uk/fishing.html

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Nature and Bird Watching

The woods and lochs abound with wild birds providing much to interest the ornithologist, amateur and professional alike while the countryside and hills are no less abundant with animals. Here is a list of some, but by no means all, of the birds and animals that live in the region though seeing them is not so easy.

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BIRD LIST
Barn Owl
Black-headed Gull
Blackbird
Blue Tit
Bullfinch
Buzzard
Chaffinch
Chiffchaff
Coal Tit
Common Sandpiper
Coot
Cormorant
Crow
Cuckoo
Curlew
Dipper
Dunnock
Fieldfare
Greylag Geese
Goldcrest
Golden Eagle
Goldeneye
Goldfinch
Goosander
Great Crested Grebe
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Great Tit
Greenfinch
Grey Heron
Greylag Goose
Grey Wagtail
Grouse
Herring Gull
House Martin
House Sparrow
Jackdaw
Jay
Kestrel
Kingfisher
Lapwing
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Linnet
Little Grebe
Long-tailed Tit
Magpie
Mallard
Meadow Pipit
Mistle Thrush
Moorhen
Mute Swans
Oystercatcher
Osprey
Peregrine Falcon
Pheasant
Pied Wagtail
Red-breasted Merganser
Redpoll
Robin
Rook
Short-eared Owl
Siskin
Sky Lark
Snipe
Snow Bunting
Song Thrush
Sparrowhawk
Spotted Flycatcher
Starling
Swallow
Swift
Teal
Tree Creeper
Tree Sparrow
Tufted Duck
Tawny Owl
Twite
Wheatear
Whinchat
Willow Warbler
Wood Pigeon
Woodcock
Wren
Yellowfinch
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ANIMAL LIST
Red Squirrel
Brown Hare
Mountain Hare
Vole
Frog
Pipestrelle Bat
Mink
Fox
Grey Squirrel
Lizard
Hedgehog
Otter
Mole
Roe Deer
Red Deer
Rabbit
Stoat
Toad
Newt
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TREE LIST
Deciduous
Oak
Birch
Alder
Rowan
Hazel
Willow
Ash
Beech
Pine
Scots
Lodgepole
Mountain
Corsican
Fir
Douglas
Grand
Noble
Silver
Spruce
Sitka
Norway
Serbian
Larch
European
Japanese
Hybrid
Cedar
Western Red
Japanese Red
Cypress
Lawson

For a completely new updated nature pages visit http:/www.lenymede.demon.co.uk/nature.

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Pony Trekking

The Trossachs offers many opportunities for pony trekking with many paths to enjoy away from roads. There are a number of places in the area offering pony trekking facilities including;

Claish Trekking Centre, Claish Farm, Callander, FK17 8JJ
Call Val Gray 01877 3300 647 : Offer peaceful treks through lush farmland with beautiful views of Ben Ledi and the River Teith. Horses and ponies are available to suit everyone including complete beginners and children. Also a horse drawn cart and play area.
Cost : £8 per person
Easterhill Farm Trekking Centre, Gartmore
Call Liana Lovie 01877 382 875 : Near Aberfoyle.

Walking

The Trossachs offers unsurpassed walking with access to many easy woodland, forest and lochside walks as well as a range of peaks offering more serious walks including a number of Munros. For information on access and the Country Code please see Right of Access Page.

Tthe Walking Pages provide information on hill safety, a walks database with distance, height and difficulty, and a number of routes grouped by area and/or difficulty.

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Water Sports

The many lochs around Callander provide ample water sports activities including boating, water skiing, windsurfing, sailing and canoeing. With a good flow of water the waterfalls at Leny Pass are very popular with canoeists whilst Loch Venachar has a good sailing club. Windsurfing and sailing take place on several lochs including Loch Venachar, Loch Lomond and Loch Ard. Water skiing takes place at Loch Achray and Loch Earn.

For sailing try the Loch Venachar Sailing Club on the Invertrossachs Road which borders the south side of the loch just outside Callander.

Based on the Trossachs you have the opportunity to enjoy a variety of canoeing and kayaking experiences both locally and even enjoying sea trips on the western coast. In the Trossachs you can enjoy the tranquillity of a Canadian canoe trip on one of the many beautiful lochs surrounded by beautiful forests and mountain scenery. Or enjoy the excitement of a kayak river trip at all levels of expertise. The rivers Earn and Teith offer gentle flowing waters for the beginner, the Awe and Lower Orchy giving more experienced paddlers a chance to praactice and hone their skills, while the thrills of white water may be found on the Leny and Middle Orchy.

For kayak and canoe hire or instruction visit Standing Waves in Strathyre just north of Callander. The school is open all year round and offers a wide range of courses. Canoes, kayaks and equipment are available for hire.

Standing Waves Leisure, Forestry Cabin, Main Street, Strathyre, FK18 8NA
Call David Rossetter 01877 384361 : A wide range of courses on offer all year round.
E-mail: stwl@msn.com
Cost: Instruction £5 per hour, kayak hire £12 per day, Canadian canoe £25 per day

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In Callander

Callander Golf Course

Callander has its own golf course at which visitors are welcome. For details see Golfing Page.

For new and updated golf information visit http://www.lenymede.demon.co.uk/fishing.html

Putting Green

If you are strolling round the meadows why not have a little fun on the 18 hole putting green open from June to mid-September. For further information contact 01877 330 342.

Snooker

For a relaxing evening why not visit the Callander Snooker Club, Craigard Road. For further information contact 01877 330 534.

McLaren Community Leisure Centre

This new exciting facility, opening in June 1998, offers a 20m swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, sunbeds, full sized games hall, squash courts, a small climbing wall, fitness suite, cafeteria and external floodlit all weather tennis courts. Open all year, 0900 - 2100 seven days a week.
Telephone : 018777 330000.

Callander Rambling Club

The Callander Rambling Club holds rambles throughout the year. Rambles start at Ancaster Square, Callander at 10:00 on Wednesday and Saturday most weeks. Suitable outdoor clothing and stout footwear are essential as is a picnic lunch.

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Further Afield

Off-Roading

How about learning to drive a tank? Here's an opportunity to do something really different and not too far from Callander. On an actual Ministry of Defence tank testing ground get to grips with 16½ tons of manic metal. A 2½ hour session costs £79.

If that's too much for you, try 4x4 off roading in a Land Rover 110 County. Expert tuition for the novice who will learn basic techniques and for those with some knowledge or experience they will develop their skills. Alternastively, try quad bike trekking at £30 per hour.

Castlehill Corporate Events, Murrayshall, Cambusbarron
Call : 01786 448356 Fax 01786 461900
E-mail : enquiries@castlehillonline.co.uk
Web : www.castlehillonline.co.uk
Cost : Tank £79 per ½ day, Land Rover £69 per ½ day, quad bike £25 per hour

Also for off-roading try

Scottish Off Road Driving Centre, Strathmiglo, Fife, KY14 7RU
Call : 01337 860528 Fax 01337 868934
E-mail : alexander@scotoffroad.co.uk
Web : www.scotoffroad.co.uk

 Motor Racing

If you are a competitor you will already know about the Doune Hill Climb events. If not why not come and watch, an excellent day out. For some pictures of the cars at Doune visit the Hill Race Photo Gallery.

Whether you are a spectator or a budding driver Knockhill has much to offer including

Knockhill Racing Circuit, by Dunfermline, Fife, KY12 9TF
Call : Race/Rally School 01383 720044, On-road Driving & Skid Centre 01383 720099
E-mail : knockhill@pipex.com
Web : www.knockhill.co.uk
Cost From : Performance Driving £79, Racing Drivers Trial £79, Tarmac Rally Stages Trail£99 and Master Drivers Super Trail £169. All 2½ hours except the latter which is 6 hours

Steam Engine Driving

Want to try something really different? Visit the Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway and try the 'Footplate Experience' and learn to drive a steam engine. Combine your visit with a trip on the railway to Birkhill and enjoy the scenic Avon Gorge and its fireclay mine. There is also an indoor Scottish Railway Exhibition. Food and drinks available.

Scottish Railway Preservation Society, Union Street,
Bo'ness, West Lothian, EH51 9AQ
Call: 01506 822298
Open: 1998 times not yet available but daily in July & August, Fri - Mon only April - July and Sept - October.
Cost: Adults £3.60, Child £1.80, Family £9.00, Concessions £2.40
LAST YEAR'S TIMETABLE
S S S LS D
Bo'ness dep. 11.30 13.00 14.15 15.30 16.30
Birkhill arr. 11.47 13.17 14.32 15.47 16.47
             
Birkhill dep. 12.05 13.35 14.50 16.05 17.05
Bo'ness arr. 12.22 13.52 15.07 16.22 17.22
S = Steam-hauled D = Diesel-hauled L = Last train for Mine visit

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Motor Racing

Whether you are a spectator or a budding driver Knockhill has much to offer including

Knockhill Racing Circuit, by Dunfermline, Fife, KY12 9TF
Call: Race/Rally School 01383 720044, On-road Driving & Skid Centre 01383 720099
E-mail: knockhill@pipex.com
Cost: From; Performance Driving £79, Racing Drivers Trial £79, Tarmac Rally Stages Trail£99 and Master Drivers Super Trail £169. All 2½ hours except the latter which is 6 hours

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Indoor Climbing

Is the weather not too good for the outdoors or just feel like a different challenge? Then visit Hadrian's Wall in Falkirk, one of the largest indoor climbing walls in the UK. Four climbing areas including a beginners area, bouldering walls, an intermediate area to 6a and and advanced areas to 7c including multi pitch climbing, high level traverse and competition wall. All areas have ropes in place and all other equipment may be hired. Courses are available including introductory, lead climbing and advanced and also a kids club on Saturdays. Food and drinks available in the lounge area.

Hadrians Wall, Grangemouth Road, Falkirk, FK2 9AB
Call: 01324 637733
Cost: £4.50 entry, rockboots £1.75, harness £1.75, helmet £1.75

For further activities information go to the Activity Holiday Page
or the Cycling, the Fishing, the Golfing, or the Walking Pages.

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