Stoury Bothy in Banton Kilsyth
Farmhouse | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 6
**RYDER CUP ACCOMMODATION AVAILABLE**PLEASE ENQUIRE TO HEATHER AS PRICE VARIES FROM NORMAL TARIFF**
Nestled in the Kilsyth Hills on a working cattle and sheep farm, and with beautiful views over the Kelvin Valley, Stoury Bothy is an excellent destination for you to escape to. Our farm land was the site of the historic Battle of Kilsyth and the landscape is both rugged and peaceful. Stoury Bothy is part of the main farmhouse which sits in its own private ground above the sleepy village of Banton and offers a rural retreat where you can relax away from traffic and bustle. Due to its central location, Stoury Bothy is within easy travelling distance of Stirling, Falkirk and Glasgow. Edinburgh and Loch Lomond are also within travelling distance. We have excellent public transport links. Indeed Glasgow City Centre is just a 10 minute train ride from nearby Croy Station.
Stoury Bothy is full of character and is unique due to its lovingly handmade and handpicked furnishings. You will find a welcoming kitchen dining and living area. Patio doors lead out to the garden where you can have a seat and watch the world drift by. The double bedroom is light and bright and has direct (en suite) access to the family bathroom via a jack and jill lock. The family bedroom sleeps 3 comfortably, (or 4 people with a pleasant squeeze!) and consists of a double bed and 1 to 2 single beds. We are happy to supply a baby cot or crib if needed. Both bedrooms look out to a traditional Scottish farm courtyard. If you look closely you may see a cow calving, birds nesting and sheep asleep!
You can enjoy freshly laid eggs from our hens each morning if you wish, and you can feed the hens your food scraps as part payment.
As you shower, you can look out the bathroom window to the roaming cattle and cudding sheep.
Our Bothy is an excellent destination for all interests
If you enjoy the outdoor life then Historic Kilsyth (which is a Walkers are Welcome town) offers the Forth and Clyde Canal, Auchinstarry Basin, the Antonine Wall, Colzium House and of course all the walks off the beaten track around Banton. We are very near to the Carron Valley wich has a well regarded mountain bike trail and forest walks. Duncarron Medieval Fort also lies in the Carron Valley. Many visitors also enjoy fishing either at Banton Loch or the Carron Valley Resevoir or the Canal. There are also fisheries within just 5 or 10 minutes. The Campsies are just 10 minutes from us and you can enjoy walking the John Muir Trail. Some The West Highland Way are approx 20 minutes away. (Milngavie and Glengoyne/ Dumgoyne)
For daytripping, you really are spoiled for choice. From the bothy you can easily enjoy all the cracking Central Scotland attractions such as super Sirling with its Castle, Briarlands Farm and Safari Park. Fantastic Falkirk and its fabulous Falkirk Wheel ,... all the greatness of glorius Glasgow and everything available in enchanting Edinburgh! Castles, museums, theatres, night life, cinemas....
Nearby towns of Kirkintilloch and Cumbernauld offer shops and cafes. Kirkintilloch, a canal town, is also a "Walkers are Welcome" town and has museums and heritage trails.
Cumbernauld Airport offers leisure flights if you fancy having your head in the clouds!
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Glasgow or Edinburgh, Nearest railway: Croy|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||DVD player, Staffed property|
|General||Central heating, TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (2), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ, Trampoline|
The Central Scotland/Strathclyde region
We are ideally suited to a break which will allow you to comfortably explore the Central belt of Scotland, Stirling, Falkirk, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Loch Lomond, The Campsies, The Kilsyth Hills and the Kelvin Valley, the Carron Valey and the Forth and Clyde Canal. Although we are situated on a farm, you can dip back into cosmopolitan life with excellent travel links to the 4 main towns and cities mentioned above.
The climate is very Scottish indeed. You could be seated in your garden and watching fluffy clouds float by, equally you may be on the train to Glasgow (just 10 mins from Croy) spending a drizzly day taking in the cafes and museums of Glasgow or Edinburgh.
History lovers may be interested in, our farm land which was the site of the Battle of Kilsyth, the Antonine Wall, Barr Hill, Colzium House, Duncarron Fort, Stirling Castle, The Battle of Bannockburn exhibition and commemoration year 2014, Edinburgh Castle, The Forth and Clyde Canal......and much much more.
Outdoorsy types will love all of the above plus climbing and canoeing at Auchinstarry Basin, walking some of the Kelvin Valley Paths suggested (see our holiday brochures for inspiration) cycling along the Forth and Clyde Canal, or up the Tak Me Doon road for some mountain bikung at Carron Valley Montain bike trail, fishing in the Ttownhead Resevoir (permits avail in the pub) fishing at 3 nearby trout fisheries, golfing, playing tennis in the Banton Village Tennis Courts ..... Gleneagles Golf not too far!!! Commonwealth Games in Glasgow 2014!!
Culture Vultures will love all of the above plus Cumbernauld Theatre, countless theatres and concerts and cinemas and exhibitions in Stirling, Glasgow, Falkirk Edinburgh. Edinburgh Festval, Celtic Connections the year of the Homecoming.
There's hundreds to do! Just bring some posh clothes, some everyday clothes some wellies and a rain coat and get over here and get stuck in!.
Kelvin Valley is a beautiful small valley which has the Kilsyth Hills leaning on to the Forth and Clyde Canal. Nearby is the Carron Valley and the Campsie Hills. Beautiful and atmospheric. Local towns Kilsyth and Kirkitilloch offer lazy days shopping coupled with some fine pubs, cafes and restaurants. Banton is a sleepy village which has peaceful and rugged aspects and offers a traditional friendly pub and bowling club for good old fashioned pub life. There are many walks around the village of Banton if you wish to wile away the hours not too far from your holiday home.
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19 Nov 2013
"A Hidden gem with access to all of Scotland!"
I stayed at Stoury Bothy with my partner and had a superb time. Heather gave us such a warm welcome when we arrived and made us feel very special. The Bothy itself is beautiful. Cosy and wonderfully d… More
Thank you and we are so glad that you had a special time. It just goes to show that even outwith the Golf and the Commonwealth Games and the summer, Scotland is still a fabulous place to visit and enjoy the simple things in life, such as eating, walking and breathing in fresh air. My favourite is the eating!
12 Nov 2013
"Marvellous time, wonderful host, cosy bothy."
Decided to stay here since we wanted to visit both Edinburgh and Glasgow over the holiday weekend. We didn't expect it to be quite as cosy, comfortable and welcoming as it was. Close to a numb… More
Thank you David for your kind words. We are so pleased you had happy times and would gladly welcome you back any time. We are a country retreat in the middle of Scotland's 2 main cities..Glasgow and Edinburgh and also very near Falkirk and Stirling and Loch Lomond. Some of our adventurous travellers have also popped up to Loch Ness and Glencoe for the day! Not bad!
1 Nov 2013
"The welcome and thoughtfulness made travelling with young children much easier!"
Thanks to Heather for the warm welcome and providing everything we needed for our holiday! We stayed for nine days with a three year old and a three month old and by lending us everything from Moses B… More
Thank you so much Christine for your lovely words. We are glad you had a good holiday. We are happy to help out when people have children to cater for...even if it just means saving a bit of car boot space by letting me provide the baby basics! We would love to see you back again.
5 Oct 2013
"Cosy bolt hole"
We have had a fabulous holiday at Stoury Bothy with our 16 month old daughter. Having travelled 400 miles we were pleased to be welcomed by a friendly host, warm cosy bothy and everything we could nee… More
Thanks for your lovely review. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay and you seem to have seen a good bit of Central Scotland along the way. We would love to welcome you back any time. X
18 Sep 2013
"The love shines through!"
This little bothy is the "love-child" of Heather, the hostess. It perfectly reflects her bubbly, warm and welcoming personality. Much of the decor is beautifully and imaginatively hand-mad… More
28 Aug 2013
We highly recommend Stoury Bothy. This cosy holiday home is superbly appointed, clean and very comfortable. Heather is an excellent host; very friendly and helpful (ask about the Dumpling!) and th… More
8 Aug 2013
"Cannot recommend this place highly enough"
We stayed with our young family for 10 nights, and could not have had a more enjoyable stay. The property is tastefully and thoughtfully decorated, with very comfy beds & sofa, perfect for snuggling u… More
Thank you S for your lovely review. I am glad you had a good holiday and hope your little Cs friend's back home really believe what he got up to on his holidays!.
1 Aug 2013
"Fasinating views. Excellent hospitality. Very relaxing and Comfortable stay."
We had lovely stay in Scotland at Heather's place in July 2013, wish I had more holidays to stay there! I took my parents who came on a holiday from Sri Lanka and they loved the way they were tre… More
17 Jun 2013
"Wonderful host and location"
Heather is a great host, extremely helpful and sweet. Cottage is at top of the hill with great view of the fields and very conveniently located midway to Glasgow ans Edinburgh (car is definitely recom… More
28 May 2013
Scotland is a country of sheep, farms and nice sceneries. So why not stay in a place with all these surrounded? Hotels are all the same around the whole UK, right?Firstly, I must admit Heather, was ve… More
Thank you Suraj for your lovely review. I am so glad that you enjoyed your short stay.
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