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Stoury Bothy in Banton Kilsyth

Certificate of Excellence 2014


Excellent 5/5 Score from 16 reviews

Welcome to the Stoury Bothy!

Farmhouse | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 6

Key Info
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car advised
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden


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
Access Car advised
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, Swing set, Trampoline
Access Secure parking

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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16 Jul 2014


"A cozy and calm place to stay, only 40 minutes from Edimbourg Airport"

In the heart of the country-side, lies a gem, that we feel honoured to have found.Stoury Bothy is a home away from home and even better. We travelled to Scotland for my brother's wedding, and aft… More

2 Jul 2014


"Sweetness and charm"

We loved our stay at Stoury Bothy so much we wish it had been longer than two nights. From the moment we were greeted by Heather and shown in, we felt welcome and at home. The rooms are decorated in… More

Many, many thanks for such a lovely review. We try to keep the bothy looking homely and quirky, -- many people just want that cosy feeling of comfort you get when you visit your grannies house! Many people have told us that it is more homely than their own home! Its a home from home or a hame fae hame. xx

5 Jun 2014


"Absolutely excellent accommodation and host"

We had a great week staying at the Bothy and visiting various locations. Our 3 grandchildren loved their time at the farm playing with Heather's children. The Bothy itself is really nice and the … More

Fun times! When you are a kid and you make wee pals on holiday, you never really forget them. We are so glad that you all had a ball and would love to see you all again. x

16 May 2014


"Quiet location, beautiful views, friendly owners, fresh eggs for breakfast!"

My partner and I booked the Bothy for a weekend stay, as we were attending a wedding at Glenskirlie Castle. We were welcomed by Heather on our arrival, and given a basket full of essential food and dr… More

THank you so much for your great review. It is just 5 minutes from Glenskirlie Castle which is a very popular wedding location around here, but we are also 5 minutes from Colzium House and the Coachman in Kilsyth which also hold many functions. We are glad you enjoyed our hamper and eggs - the hens are laying well these days! We would love to see you or any of your friends back again. Heather x

8 May 2014


"Beautiful cosy bothy."

We have just returned from Scotland , where we spent a lovely week at Stoury Bothy.It was beautifully decorated, with lots of homely touches, and we felt at home as soon as we arrived.We really apprec… More

Very many thanks for your positive review. It is great to have people from all around the world realise that Banton is probably the heart of Scotland! We like to think that everyone who comes here can certainly escape into the nearby cities and towns, then come back into the country and enjoy life at a slower pace. Hopefully you managed a good bit of both and we would love to welcome you back anytime. Our welcome pack always goes down well, it's just nice for someone else to give you some naughty Scottish goodies that need eating! xx

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

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