It nestles in the peaceful parish of Strathblane in Central Scotland below the towering, rolling Campsie Fells.
Originally built in 1601 as a stables and tavern, the Kirkhouse Inn has undergone several transformations and has had it’s fair share of scandals and hidden treasures. And the sighting of a ghostly aberration!
Having recently undergone refurbishment, the 15 bedroom Kirkhouse boasts a beautiful and contemporary decor with a unique dining experience – but still retaining the atmosphere and feel of five centuries of history.
It was the scene of secret correspondence between King James VI of Scotland and Queen Elizabeth I of England that eventually led to the Union of the Crowns.
A lot has happened since but the only secrets to be found now are in the restaurant and the whisky bar with plenty of treasures to enjoy!
The Kirkhouse is home to excellent food and friendly staff with a good Scottish theme throughout.
The ‘scran’ – Old Scots for food – is mostly locally sourced. From beef and venison to salmon and shellfish and a wide variety of Scottish vegetables.
The family run business is headed by award-winning chef Allan Duncan and his wife Margaret.
The main restaurant, the Thrissel – Old Scots for Thistle – seats up to 100 guests with a separate private dining area and has it’s own unique whisky bar, the Baurley-bree, with an extensive range of whiskies including those from the local Glengoyne distillery.
Entertainment is available most weekends, and a separate sports bar provides a great range of drinks, local pub food favourites and plenty of outdoor seating for the sunny days.
Just half and hour from Glasgow in one direction and half an hour from Stirling in the other, The Kirkhouse in Strathblane is ideally placed for those looking for a central, warm and friendly place to base themselves with Loch Lomond on one side and the Trossachs National Park on the other.
You can also discover the intricacies of whisky making at the local Glengoyne distillery, experience the thrill of falconry or just explore the amazing Scottish countryside.
The famous West Highland Way, a long and stunningly beautiful walk, runs close to Strathblane.
There is also the new John Muir Way – a long distance walk from the west coast of Scotland to the east coast and named after the Scot who travelled to America and became the father of the American National Parks. It runs directly past the Kirkhouse.
The area offers something for everyone of every age.