How to get here
Ideally situated in the centre of Scotland, 45 minutes north west of Edinburgh, north east of Glasgow and south of Perth. We are only 10 minutes from Stirling and 30 minutes from Loch Lomond. There is also a direct bus link from Stirling to Kippen - click here for more info
The Cross Keys, Main Street, Kippen, Scotland, 01786 870293, firstname.lastname@example.org
Kippen is a small Scottish village nestling between the Gargunnock and Fintry hills and overlooking the valley of the River Forth. The village of Kippen commands enviable views over some of Scotland’s finest scenery. Kippen and the nearby Kippen Muir are steeped in some of Scotland’s most colourful history.
The name KIPPEN probably comes from the Gaelic (indigenous language of the Scots) word meaning ‘place of the little stump or outcrop or block’. This refers to the geological nature of the village of Kippen which sits on an outcrop of the Gargunnock Hills.
Walks around Kippen
There are a number of gentle walks in and around Kippen village, ideal for a morning constitutional, afternoon stroll or to exercise the family dog. Click here for more info
Things to do
Kippen is at the heart of historic Stirlingshire and the famous Trossachs, one of Scotland’s most beautiful areas of countryside, lochs and hills. The Cross Keys is minutes from Stirling Castle, Argyll’s Lodging, the Bannockburn battle site and visitor centre, Wallace Monument, Blair Drummond Safari Park and Go Ape Forest Adventure park.
All year the famous Sir Walter Scott steamer runs daily excursions on stunning Loch Katrine, while boats are for hire on close-by Loch Venacher, for fishing or pleasure trips. The more romantic can visit Mary Queen of Scots early refuge at Inchmahome Priory on Lake of Menteith or dramatic Castle Campbell in Dollar Glen. Within easy reach are the historic towns of Callander, Balquidder, Aberfoyle and Crieff, all in the heart of ‘Rob Roy country’.
Outdoor enthusiasts have a wide choice of easy, intermediate or advanced walks across the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park or within the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park, both offering great opportunities to observe indigenous wildlife close at hand. Ambitious walks in the area include Ben Vorlich, Ben Ledi, Ben Venue, Ben Vane and Stuc a Croin. Cyclists and mountain bikers are spoiled for choice with the Loch Ard Forest Cycle Route particularly popular for families and serious cyclists alike. Rednock Farm Trekking Centre by Thornhill offers pony trekking for all categories of riders. Fishing for trout, salmon, char and pike is available on 15 lochs and rivers across the area. Golfers too have an excellent range of courses to choose from, including 18 hole courses at Aberfoyle, St Fillans, Killin, Stirling, Bridge of Allan, Alva, Alloa and Dollar.
Kippen was the venue for the shooting events during the 1986 Commonwealth Games and shooting facilities are available at Kippen Gun Club, (01786) 465125 and the Central Scotland Shooting School, Slamannan.
Those looking for culture are also well served with Bridge of Allan’s excellent Macrobert arts centre, which includes a theatre and cinema, the Stirling Tolbooth, which hosts a wide range of music and comedy, the Changing Room contemporary art gallery and Stirling Smith Museum and Gallery. There are a number of antiques shops in the surrounding area, including the Scottish Art and Antiques Centre, Doune, boasting over forty dealers in art, antiques, rare books, linen, jewellery and bric-a-brac under one roof. Good second hand bookshops can be found in Stirling and Callander. Whisky lovers can sample the ‘water of life’ at the famous Glengoyle Distillery, around 25 minutes from Kippen.’
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