Self Catering and Bed and Breakfast Accommodation
Blairhullichan has stood on the banks of Loch Ard in the Trossachs for at least three centuries. Once part of the Duke of Montrose's huge estate, in 1694 the rent was £38 6s 8 p, a stone of butter and a chicken!
Over the years it has evolved from a farming croft, to Victorian shooting lodge, to holiday home and finally family home. Today the garden wing - the oldest part of the house - is set aside for self-catering holiday rentals, while Bed and Breakfast is catered for in the 'newer' Victorian half of the house.
The house itself stands in 40 acres of grassland and ancient oak woods which slope down in front of the house to Loch Ard where you can fish, swim or paddle. The Loch at this point is sandy and shelves very gently so is good for children.
Boats can be hired in the village of Kinlochard half a mile away, where there is a well-stocked village shop and an award winning tea room, or take a picnic to Blairhullichan's private island, Eileen Gorm
Blairhullichan lies within the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park which has all the beauty and drama of the Highlands "in miniature". There is unlimited walking, and a miles of cycle tracks in the forested foothills of Ben Lomond which rise behind the house,
The Trossachs- particularly Loch Katrine captivated many of "The Romantics". Most notably Sir Walter Scott was inspired to write "The Lady of the Lake", "Rob Roy" etc. It was the literature, poetry and music of this period that first opened up this area to tourism in the 19 th Century.
The surrounding countryside is dotted with Neolithic habitations and evidence of people who once lived here: the fishing hut on Eilean Gorm, was once a chapel; the little island next door is the remains of a 'crannog" - affectionately christened "Gorm-less" - by previous generations of the family.
The area is also a haven for birdlife. The owners have counted 52 species of bird, including a pair of Osprey which can often be seen fishing on the Loch from the garden or sitting room window.
It is hard to believe you are within an hour of Glasgow, an hour and a half of Edinburgh. Much of the best of what Scotland has to offer is within reach of an easy day trip, making Blairhullichan the ideal base for a visit to Scotland, whatever your interests.
Blairhullichan is closed from mid-January to mid-February.