The best shops and galleries in the Trossachs
Home to fantastic foodie produce and a burgeoning arts scene, the Trossachs are full of great wee delis, craft shops and galleries. It would be impossible to list them all, but here are some of our favourites, all within about a 20-minute drive of Lochend.
Deli Ecosse, Callander
This cracking deli is housed in a converted 19th century church hall just next to Callander’s Tourist Information Centre, and specialises in local cheeses, biscuits, preserves, chutneys and beers. Buy them to take home or eat them there and then beside the cosy log-burning stove in their delicious cafe.
Rhubarb Lime, Kippen
Excellent for local cheeses and preserves, this cute wee deli & cafe is also the best place in the Trossachs to buy wine, with a really impressive selection of high quality, European wines.
Woodhouse Cafe, nr Kippen
As well as selling Chris’s wood and some of the best lunches in the Trossachs, this wonderful, new deli & cafe sells beautiful gift cards, superb local cheeses, Scottish craft ales and loads of great cakes. It also has its own sweetie corner selling all sorts of fun, retro goodies.
Farmer’s Market, nr Kippen
A great wee Farmer’s Market takes place every Wednesday and Thursday (8am to 2pm) at Boquhan Estates, selling fab fruit, veg, meats and dairy produce.
Ten minutes down the road, the recently expanded Co-op is a friendly, one-stop shop that’ll cover most of your needs while at Lochend. Open daily until 10pm, it is also the closest place to buy a pint of milk!
The Aberfoyle Butcher
One of two butchers in Aberfoyle, The Aberfoyle Butcher supplied all the venison for the Queen’s 80th birthday lunch at Mansion House (cooked by our big brother Nick) and has a great reputation in these parts – cracking haggis.
Green Gallery, Buchlyvie
Worth visiting for the views over the Trossachs alone! This beautiful gallery in a converted byre in the hills above Buchylvie specialises in contemporary Scottish paintings and applied arts, and offers flexible interest free credit and deliveries at competitive rates.
Galleria Luti, Callander
This great wee gallery stocks Chris’s work, as well as paintings, ceramics, jewelry, mixed media work and cards. Family run, the gallery always offers the warmest of welcomes from Marsha and Sandie, while well known artist dad, Peter, also exhibits his own work here.
Scottish Wool Centre, Aberfoyle
The Scottish Wool Centre has a huge selection of woollen cardies and jumpers, as well as a cute wee crafty gift shop out back. And if you’re here with kids, make sure you catch the daily sheep dog demos, rare breeds farm and birds of prey display.
The Lodge, Aberfoyle
This flagship Forestry Commission visitor centre has a fab cafe, walks galore and a GoApe high ropes adventure course, but make sure you don’t miss the great, wee giftshop, which stocks lots of Scottish products, including coffee books, tartan rugs and bags.
A graduate of Grays School of Art in Aberdeen, potter extraordinaire Alison Borthwick has a fab, wee pottery shop and cafe on Buchylvie high street just 10 minutes from Lochend, selling her beautiful, handmade tableware and ceramic jewellery.