Trowan is a wonderful place for a family holiday. In addition to the farm, the river and the woods, there are lots of child friendly activities nearby:
Auchingarrich Wildlife Centre, with a host of different species of animals and loads of activities for children and adults, is less than three miles away.
Do it Outdoors is based at Auchingarrich and offers Archery, Bushcraft and Fly Fishing and various adventure activities.
Blair Drummond Safari Park is about 25 miles away.
Loch Earn, 9 miles to the west, offers all sorts of water sports.
....but what if it is raining?
Crieff Visitor Centre offers a fascinating insight into local history, an Art Gallery, Restaurant and Garden Centre as well as being the home of The Caithness Glass Factory where visitors can watch the skilled team of craftsmen and women at work in a studio environment. Children and adults can make their own paperweights and Glass paintings.
The Ceramic Experience, also Muthill Road Crieff, is a paint your own Pottery Studio with soft play area and café.
Why not visit a distillery?
The Famous Grouse Experience at Turret Distillery, Scotland's oldest distillery, is only 4 miles away. Set on the banks of the River Turret, The Glenturret Distillery is the spiritual home of The Famous Grouse whisky. Novices and whisky enthusiasts alike will enjoy the distillery tours, seeing the milling, mashing, fermenting and distilling process as well as tasting The Glenturret Highland Single Malt.
Doune Castle (as featured in Monty Python and the Holy Grail) is only 20 miles away.
The Library at Innerpeffary, is seven miles away. Discover Scotland’s oldest free public lending library – founded in 1680 and now a world famous museum. Steeped in history from The Romans to the present day: a museum where you can literally touch the past. This year hosting exhibitions on Scottish Golf and The Battle of Bannockburn.
The Farm road and Lady Mary’s Walk: Walk East through the farm for half a mile or so then turn right at the ruined cottage to join the river at Lady Mary’s Walk. Continue east along the River Earn to Crieff. This is one of the prettiest river walks in central Scotland. An alternative route back west passes The Laggan Farm: duration about one hour.
Baird’s Monument (pictured above): Back up the Farm drive and right and right again, past Monument Cottage. Half an hour’s walk up the hill behind the house takes you to Baird’s Monument. General Sir David Baird “Oor Davie” was an extraordinary military hero from the late 18th and early 19th centuries. It is worth the walk up to his monument just to read the Victorian inscriptions on the stone. The monument stands on the site of Tom-a Chastle: a long gone medieval castle and stronghold of The Earls of Strathearn. You also get some stunning glimpses north to the Grampians through the trees. Duration about one hour. Follow ntlworld or Sir David Baird to find out more about this historical monument.
Samson’s Stone and Puddock’s Pond: Up the hill behind the house again then follow the path round the north side of Monument Hill and up to Samson’s Stone (a glacial erratic) and a panoramic view from Ben Vorlich to the West, Comrie and Melville’s Monument, to the whole sweep of the Grampians to the North and Ochtertyre House (an imposing Adams Mansion, and Crieff to the East. The path takes you east along the old grass covered carriageway then a fork uphill to the south takes you past Puddock’s Pond: strangely at the top of the hill, then leads down to the Eastern end of Trowan Farm or, if more energetic, along the top of Laggan Hill towards Crieff and the Eastern end of Lady Mary’s Walk. Duration 1-2 hours.
There are at least three Munros within a few miles of Trowan: Ben Chonzie, off Glen Lednock to the North and Ben Vorlich and Stuc a’ Chroin to the west by Loch Earn.
There are at least 15 golf courses within a few miles of Trowan, and they all have stunning scenery. The best of these are:
Comrie: (less than 4 miles west) a lovely 9 hole course “the home of discounted golf”
Crieff: (4 miles East) one of the best inland courses in the UK. Enjoy the 18-hole Ferntower or 9-hole Dornock, both offering stunning views across Strathearn.
Muthill: (5 miles south east) a pretty little 9 hole course with lovely views up Strathearn.
Auchterarder: (12 miles away) 18 hole parkland.
Dunning: (17 miles south east) 18 hole course with tree lined fairways and stunning views.
St Fillans: (9 miles west) Picturesque 9 hole course.
Killin: (24 miles past Loch Earn to north west: “the most beautiful course in Scotland”
Callander: (30 miles south east) In The Trossachs National Park: “Probably the most scenic course in The UK”.
The club is offering a 20% discount for golfers staying in Trowan!
And of course, Gleneagles only 12 miles away with three championship courses to choose from.
Trowan is an excellent setting off point for day trips. Here are a couple of suggestions:
West to Comrie, St Fillans, Lochearnhead and on to Callander and The Trossachs National park.
North from Lochearnhead, over “rest and be thankful” to Killin and western end of Loch Tay.
West over Rannoch Moor towards Glen Coe.
East through Crieff and Gilmerton then North through The Sma’ Glen and on to Amulree, Aberfeldy and the Eastern end of Loch Tay.
Also, you might like to visit, Crieff Visitor Center for more information and ideas!
Fishing: The house is a couple of hundred yards from the famous River Earn which runs through the farm:
Guest rod lets are available currently for Salmon and Sea Trout @ £25/day February-March, £30/day April-July, £40/day August,£50/day September, £65/day October.
Trout rod letting, as available, is £5 /day. No VAT is applicable.
Equipment hire is currently @ £25 a day.
Tuition and guiding is available currently @ £80 a day