Things to do
Welcome to Gartmore
Gartmore is a beautiful conservation village located in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park in Stirlingshire. Originally set up as an estate village to serve the needs of Gartmore House, in recent years we have been moving to becoming a community owned village. The village has come together to ensure Gartmore has a real sense of community that will continue for generations to come.
A visit to Gartmore is like taking a “step back in time”. Stroll up the main street past the 18th century houses, the village school and the church and take a walk through the churchyard. Behind the church you will find the moondial in a small garden bequeathed by the Cayzers when they ran the Gartmore House estate. It’s tempting then to go down the adjacent track, take a left into the Wee Wood and follow the path back round to the village. Stop to admire the beautiful views of the hills and mountains for miles around. You can even see across to Stirling Castle and the Wallace Monument on a clear day.
Head back up Gartmore main street, you will come to the Black Bull Hub and Pub on the right hand side. Pop in for a refreshment (if you’ve earned it), or book your table for a delicious meal in front of the fireplace on your return journey. On a sunny day, buy an ice cream and newspaper in the Village Shop the other side of the war memorial and take a seat in the nearby playpark. Check the notices in the shop window as there may well be a concert or film on tonight in the Village Hall to round off your day. Tickets to local events can be purchased in the shop.
Continue up the street and at the top, go up the drive that will lead you to Gartmore House. Before you go through the archway, take a left at the top of the football field and visit the Cunninghame Graham memorial to find out about one of our most influential past residents.
Go through the archway and take the road down through the Gartmore House estate. A fine old country house, now run as a charity and hosting orchestras and crafts groups from all over the world. If you have time, they may have craft classes or walking groups that you can join for a few hours or a weekend. Look out for red squirrels, birds of prey and other wildlife as you walk through the estate. You will pass by the remains of the 16th century Gartartan Castle, next to which is the Walled Garden maintained by the members of Green Routes – a great charity that supports training and learning for those with learning difficulties.
Depending how fit you are feeling, decide which turn you take to get back to the village. You could explore the forest and walks along the River Forth if you are feeling adventurous or keep to the shorter tarmac route to take you back to the roaring fire in the Black Bull. You will see plenty of cyclists coming through the village following the Aberfoyle to Gartmore loop on Sustrans Route 7. Mountain bikers have plenty of options with miles of off road tracks accessible from the edge of Gartmore without needing to worry about passing traffic.
You will meet all kinds of friendly people, on horses, walking dogs, working in their gardens, houses or classic cars who will be able to share Gartmore stories. We hope you have a wonderful visit and come back soon to spend even longer by staying in our local cabins, campsites or cottages. The Black Bull even operates a community minibus with a free pick up and drop off service, so no need to drive once you are here and a good excuse to sample some of the fine ales and wines on offer.