Aberfoyle Main Street
Main Street, Aberfoyle
This guide is about the revitalised Main Street in Aberfoyle which has deservedly received lots of positive PR in recent months. Aberfoyle is known as The Gateway to the Trossachs and we will cover many of the other excellent facilities that are in and near the village in further guides.
Visit Scotland I Centre
Sadly in recent years the number of visitor centres has reduced across Scotland. Within the National Park there are now only Visitor Centres at Callander (run by local community and Steamship company), Balloch and this one in Aberfoyle. You can buy tickets here for the Sir Walter Scott Steamship cruises on Loch Katrine, there are also a number of good local books, gifts and leaflets.
The Station, Aberfoyle
Aberfoyle has experienced its fair share of ups and downs. The arrival and departure of the railways has been part of that story. The railway is long gone, but recently a new coffee shop called The Station has arrived. The shop is run by brothers Stuart and David Fraser who have transformed a long term empty shop into a beautiful, contemporary coffee shop.
The Station gives a nod to the heritage of the village named because of the former Station buildings that it occupies. The Frasers, well known for their success at Balmaha, on the eastern shores of Loch Lomond, roast the coffee through their Loch Lomond Coffee Co. roasting facility.
The Station sells homemade Loch Lomond ice cream as well as cakes, snacks and traybake. There are some lovely quirky touches, like this old arcade game. This investment by Stuart and David Fraser has given great validation to Aberfoyle. Recently Main Street has been nominated as a Rising Star in the Great British High Street Awards.
Walter & Betty’s Aberfoyle
The Station isn’t the only new arrival to Aberfoyle, there are some other new introductions to Main Street, Including Water & Betty’s a brightly coloured gift shop.
Aberfoyle Maggie’s Kitchen
Walter & Betty’s owner is Jane Fifield an enthusiastic character, just like Maggie of Maggie’s Kitchen Aberfoyle. Maggie works hard to keep up with the demand for sales of her homemade shortbread and jams.
Aberfoyle is regarded as the Fairy Capital of Scotland due to Robert Kirk a former minister of the village who during the 1600’s claimed that Doon Hill was gateway to a world of fairies. Now Angela Ballard makes a range of fairy gifts and cake toppers in an area that is within the building that houses Maggie’s Kitchen.
Aberfoyle Bike Hire
Aberfoyle Bike Hire is handy for the National Number 7 Cycle path which runs close to the shop in the village. They also offer bike repairs and have a cafe.
Is another exciting new edition to Aberfoyle. As well as a shop selling outdoor items, there are also a number of experiences. See their website for more information.
Other Shops & Restaurants
Aberfoyle is now well served, as well as the businesses already mentioned there is the excellent Aberfoyle Delicatessen and Trossachs Butcher, Forth Inn, Liz MacGregor's Restaurant & Coffee Shop, Post Office, Co-Op Supermarket, Business Centre and just around the corner the Scottish Wool Centre.
It’s good to see Main Street Aberfoyle with new brightly coloured shops taking the place of empty building with ‘To Let’ signs.
This article and accompanying photographs are by Paul Saunders for See Loch Lomond. Visit Paul’s other websites, Paul Saunders Marketing & Paul Saunders Photography, for his marketing, photography & video services in Loch Lomond and beyond.
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