Approximately 7 miles South along the A84 heading towards Stirling you shall come to Kilmahog. Here you shall find the Kilmahog Woolen Mill and the Lade Inn where they serve lovely food and drink all day long. Turning right here will take you on a lovely drive to Aberfoyle.
As you come out of Kilmahog you enter into to Callander itself, the closest town to River View Cottage. Here you shall find Tesco’s Express, Co-op, the local butchers, Nature's Corner shop selling fresh fruit and veg as well as lots of natural healthcare items, a post office, an RBS bank and Bank of Scotland, a chemist, an opticians, a police station, doctors’ surgery, dentists and a variety of lovely shops, cafes and pubs. There is a petrol station at the far end of Callander.
Drive on for 7 more miles and you shall arrive at Buchany – a few houses with the wonderful Antique Centre. Very shortly after you arrive at Doune, a smaller town but still well worth a visit – especially to Doune Castle. Just on the outskirts you can turn right to Deanston, where the well-known Deanston Whisky is brewed.
A few more miles down the A84 you shall arrive at Stirling, your closest city with access to the M9 to lead you further across Scotland. Be sure to visit the Castle and Wallace Monument while you are here!
Travelling north approximately 2 miles from the cottage you shall come to a large turning on the right and leads you to Balquidder. At this turning you will find Mhor 84 who serve great food and drink and have live music every week, there is access Rob Roy’s grave here and KP Joinery (a mini B&Q/homebase in its’ own right, but at a fraction of the price!)
On your way to Lochearnhead you shall find the Golden Larches on your left, a very popular eatery which also offers take away. During the winter months it is only open on a Friday, Saturday and Sunday but Easter weekend to September/October time it is open 7 days a week.
A further 2 miles along the A84 you shall arrive at Lochearnhead, where you will find a shop and a post office. The area is very popular to fish on Loch Earn, the season starts on the 15th March and will last until the 6th October. There is also a good off-road cycle path all the way to Killin from here.
If you take the large turning to the right in the centre of Lochearnhead you shall find yourself travelling alongside Loch Earn. This road (the A85) stretches for miles travelling through many quaint villages; until you get to Creiff about 40 minutes along. Creiff would be your closest large town /city travelling north of the cottage. A further few miles you arrive at Dunkeld, providing you follow the signs. I would highly recommend the Beatrix Potter Exhibition in this little town, as well as the chocolate shop/café nearby.
Carrying on North and not taking the large right turn, you will notice the A84 turns into the A85 around this point.
Driving north you will arrive at the Killin turning, you shall see a Gulf petrol Station on the right just before the turning, which is the last petrol station for while. Turn right and follow the route to Killin In the town there is a post office, situated at MacGregors Fruit and Veg shop, a chemist, a Co-op, a Police Station and the Bank of Scotland. Be sure to see the Falls of Dochart while you’re here, and travel the heritage trail.
Carrying straight on up the A85 you shall soon arrive at Tyndrum, this is a lovely town with The Green Welly Stop. A very popular stop off, it may be a truck stop but most travellers I know make sure this is a stop on their journey up north.
You shall soon come to a fork in the road, take the left if you wish to travel to Oban and its’ scrumptious fish and chips! (amongst other things!) or take the A82 to the right towards Glencoe and further north.