Top 10 nearby attractions

There are many natural wonders and attractions close to But ‘n Ben. Here are 10 that are less than 30 minutes drive from us.


(1) Ride a Horse

Duncryne Equitation Centre is our next door neighbour! This family business opened in 1994 and is open year round. Horse and pony care and riding for all ages and abilities. This is a very short walk from But ‘n Ben.


(2) CLIMB The Dumpling

Also close by is Duncryne Hill, in fact we have our very own exclusive access to it! A short climb is rewarded by outstanding views across Loch Lomond and its islands towards Ben Lomond. Again just a short walk from But ‘n Ben.


(3) WALK ALONG Aber Shore

Take a short drive to the Millennium Hall in Gartocharn and then walk across fields and footpaths to the beautiful Aber Shore. This is part of the RSPB Loch Lomond Reserve. The start of the walk is a 5 minute drive from But ‘n Ben.

(4) VISIT Loch Lomond’s Eastern Shores

The nearby village of Drymen is the gateway to East Loch Lomond, with some good pubs and a nice village green. Balmaha is a beautiful loch side village, take a ferry to the wonderful Inchcailloch Island. Balmaha is a 15 minute drive from But n’ Ben.

(5) Cruise on Loch Lomond

At Balloch you can join one of Sweeney’s Cruises regular sailings on Loch Lomond. Enjoy commentary on-board from Historian and TV presenter Neil Oliver. Sweeney’s Cruises is a 10 minute drive from But ‘n Ben.

(6) Shop, Eat & Play at Loch Lomond Shores

Loch Lomond Shores has a number of shops and cafes along with a Sea Life Centre, Bird of Prey Centre, Mini Golf and more. There is also the Maid of the Loch, Loch Lomond’s last serving paddle steamer. A 10 minute drive from But ‘n Ben.

(7) Visit The Hill House, Helensburgh

Conservation work is on-going at the Hill House, Helensburgh to recapture the architectural genius of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s 1904 creation. A 20 min drive from But’n Ben

(8) Tour A Whisky Distillery

Glengoyne Distillery, near Killearn offers a variety of tasting tours. From masterclasses to chocolate and whisky pairing there is lots to do at this beautiful distillery. Glengoyne is a 15 minute drive from But ‘n Ben.

(9) Climb Ben Lomond

You can see Scotland’s most southerly munro from the deck of But ‘n Ben. A drive to Rowardennan will take just under 30 minutes, from there you can climb to the summit. On a clear day you can see Ben Nevis.

(10) Visit Luss

One of Loch Lomond’s most beautiful villages is just 20 minutes drive from But ‘n Ben. Luss is a conservation village, there is a beach and a pier where you can take a boat cruise or water bus.

Further Afield

Loch Lomond & The Trossachs has a wealth of natural wonders and excellent visitor experiences. Discover more at the See Loch Lomond website. Glasgow can be reached in about 30-40 minutes by car, alternatively take a train from nearby Balloch. In Scotland’s largest city you will find some outstanding museums, excellent shopping, restaurants etc. About 35 minutes drive from But ‘n Ben is Stirling, one of Scotland’s most historic cities, with its castle and monument to William Wallace.

We will be delighted to provide you with any local information, or recommendations to help make your stay at But ‘n Ben special.

Lovely cottage, very well presented and clean. The location is perfect for walks around Loch Lomond and the views from the cottage were stunning! Hosts were great, very friendly and helpful. Definitely recommend a stay here!
— Ben, December 2018