Eat and Drink

These are our top recommendations for places to eat and drink locally, or sample local produce. The Love Loch Lomond and See Loch Lomond websites list many more.


Nick’s at Port of Menteith offers a great foodie experience and has to be our favourite local restaurant, just along the Lake road not far from Newton Bothy. Simple foods done exceptionally well and of course the legendary Paul’s Pizza.

The Lion & Unicorn is a traditional family-owned country hotel, pub & restaurant situated in Thornhill only a couple of miles along the road from Newton Bothy, offering lovely pub-grub. In winter you can warm up by one of the log burning fires. It is one of the few Free Houses left in Scotland, with reasonable prices on beer and food. 

Cafes and Farmshops

Fodder and Farm provides some unique events and a small farmshop. From foraging to wild pizza, farm tours to farm to table dinners, they have a range of events, workshops and meals to suit everyone young and old. This makes them hard to place in any one category, but we love their farm to table dinners and they sell our honey in the farmshop! – so has to be one of our favourites.

The Smiddy is just along the road in Blair Drummond, a farm shop with an award-winning butchery, cafe, & deli. A unique place to visit, shop for essentials and treats, or enjoy something delicious to eat in a comfortable setting with gorgeous views.

The Woodhouse is a farm shop and café that first opened its doors in 2012, They we can accommodate up to 80 people inside the coffee shop and another 40+ outside on the terrace – weather permitting! Sourcing as many of their ingredients and products as possible from local suppliers.

West Moss-side Organic Farm just a couple of miles along the road, on the edge of Flanders Moss, sells beef direct from the farm freezer- just let them know you are coming first. –Achray Farm produces small batch artisan ice cream made from seasonal ingredients and foraged flavours from the Trossachs, one of our favourite ice cream stops when out for a bike ride.

Whisky and Beer

Glengoyne is billed as a highland distillery on Glasgow’s doorstep and not far from Newton Bothy too! Glengoyne is distilled more slowly than any other malt whisky, the spirit is nursed through the stills to create the complex, fruity and award-winning spirit.

Deanston Distillery is far from a quaint highland distillery, Deanston was a former bustling cotton mill that employed up to 1500 people. Using local Scottish barley sourced within close proximity to the distillery. The closest distillery to Newton Bothy with a great café too

The Scottish Real Ale Shop @ The Lade Inn, Callander. A small family business selling a wide range of Scottish bottled and canned ales and ciders. Specialising in the best Scotland has to offer, with over 210 different Scottish ales and ciders by over 40 microbreweries, stretching from the Shetlands to the Borders.