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- This was such a highlight of our holiday these woods and walk was so scenic and tranquil. The gruffalo walk was great for toddlers. Our babies were a bit to young we had to carry our prams at bits but doesn’t bother us we’re used to good walks with our dogs anyway. We all loved taking in the views plants and the magnificent trees. Well worth a visit you could be lost for hours enjoying a break from lifeWritten 15 September 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Stopped in whist on way to Inveraray and really glad we did. Had a spot of lunch, venison nachos and bought some beer to take away. Service was excellent, really friendly and welcoming, beer garden is lovely to sit in, very well done, will come back again!!Written 27 July 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- We had a lovely time visiting the smiddy after a day of hiking. It was very interesting to talk to the smith who was very knowledgeable and happy to talk about all the tools and different techniques as well as his life. We also had a very nice chat with the other people there, such as the daughter of the previous smith who first invited us into the smiddy. I would recommend visiting the smiddy to anyone passing through Strachur, even if you're not particularly interested in smithing, as you get a real sense of what life was like in the village a 100 or so years ago.Written 12 September 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Lovely place for a walk and to let your dog play in the loch.
Plenty of varied birds, but keep your dog on a lead on the walkway to the old castle.
Castle itself is great from the outside but the inside is now completely boarded up so you can look ( just) but can't wander around, bit of a shame!
You can also drive a few hundred yards and wander around the cemetery devoted to the MacLachlan clan, peaceful and well kept.Written 18 September 2022
- So we rang up on spec to see if there was a tour on last Friday (only day they have them) and although the house was being used for filming, luckily for us there was a tour taking place. We were in a really small group of only 8 people and the guide was really friendly and knowledgable. It was clearly explained to us when we booked that a film company had taken over the house and so access would be restricted and not all the usual furniture etc would be in the right place - which was indeed the case. However, the guide was lovely and the film crew made it all a little bit more exciting. It was shame not to see all the furniture and treasures in their rightful place, but there was still an awful lot to look at.Written 1 July 2019
- The Chapel is located midway between the Inver Restaurant and the Strathlachlan Caravan Park, just off the B8000 road. This road is single track with passing places and has recently been resurfaced to a high standard to cater for logging trucks so best to take these aspects into account when driving there.
There is parking in a couple of spots off road however it is likely that visitors will take in this site when also visiting Old Lachlan Castle and there is parking and a marked track to follow for both which commences from the Inver Restaurant. Much of the area has been developed by the Lachlan Trust to make it accessible and whilst the restaurant, some lodges and the caravan park are more recent additions, the Chapel and Castle both date back to medieval times.
To get to the Chapel take a detour off the route to the Castle and follow the track towards the caravan site. We did so on our return from the Castle and exited onto the road to return to the car park at the restaurant.
The Trust saved the Chapel from complete ruin when restoration work was carried out in 2006 and the Castle too is currently still undergoing restoration work to make it more accessible to the public.
The Chapel, one of the oldest surviving ones in the West of Scotland, is also known as St Maelrhuba’s Chapel and is the resting place for all but three of the Clan MacLachlan Chiefs since the 15th Century - the others having died in battle. It is likely to be of most interest to those with ancestors linked to that Clan. The Chapel is very small and only forms part of what was a larger structure so it is not surprising to find that the twenty-fourth Chief, Marjorie MacLachlan, who died in 1996 has a gravestone sited just outside the Chapel entrance. There is no public access to the Chapel although it is a ruin and is visible from the outside.
The circular graveyard which surrounds the Chapel has many ancient gravestones some of which have become so weathered that their inscription is no longer legible. We saw that one stone had been shielded from the elements by quite an elaborate structure in more recent times however it seemed that the expression “from dust to dust” had equally applied to the sandstone grave prior to this intervention.
What some of the ancestors would make of the neighbouring caravan park may never be known.
It’s an interesting place from historic purposes and a peaceful setting. Easy to see as part of a walk in this scenic area.Written 28 October 2021
- This is a truly exceptional and unique adventure play place for small children. It has an indoor sandpit, climbing frame, play shop and kitchen and much more for inquisitive toddlers plus tea and coffee for mums and dads. We will definitely be back ♥️Written 8 November 2022
- Such a fantastic time! Both so lovely! Martin and Janine are great with local info and have such a beautiful boat! loved itWritten 27 October 2022
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