Gartmore, which means ‘Large Cornfield’, is a charming Conservation village with a real sense of community just one mile off the main road from Glasgow to Aberfoyle and is a short distance from Stirling and Glasgow. Gartmore has its own Community Village Shop & Post Office, well used village hall and primary school. There is also the Black Bull Hotel and Public bar. Gartmore also boasts its own Gartmore Amateur Dramatic Group.
If you are looking for a Scottish Wedding Venue in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park The Black Bull Hotel should be considered as it is located next to the Village Church and also has a large function suite which is suitable for weddings and private gatherings. The Hotel also host parties and live music events.
The privately owned Gartmore House was built in the eighteenth century and was the home of Graham of Gartmore and his family, descendants of the royal household of King Robert II. The last owner of the Gartmore Estate was the noted writer, politician and first Leader of the Scottish National Party, Robert Bontine Cunningham Graham (1852-1936). To the north of the village you can find the ruins of Gartmore House’s predecessor, Gartartan Castle, a 16th-century Z-plan tower.
Gartmore is set in a picturesque setting on the edge of the magnificent Queen Elizabeth Forest Park and is great as a base or stop over for your Trossachs break. Nearby is the Forestry Commissions Cobleland Camp Site and at Ward Toll The Ben View Garden Centre, where there is also a conservatory restaurant and antiques centre.
There is a curious nature to Gartmore village, a community which has no more then 200 homes and 400 residents, it lies at a rather close proximity to the highland boundary fault. The year 2004 saw the last written account of an earthquake taking place recording 4.5 on the Richter Scale. No-one was affected, but it is certainly a curious position for a village. The highland boundary fault is a geological fault which runs across Scotland from the Isle of Arran in the west to Stonehaven in the east.
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