This is the Port of Menteith
Port of Menteith is a rural, largely farming community, the heart of which is situated around the church and hotel on the shore of Scotland’s only lake, the Lake of Menteith. The village lies in the shadow of the Menteith Hills, which rise steeply to the north and are the very edge of the Highlands.
To the south lies the Forth Valley’s flat carselands with Flanders Moss, the largest raised peat bog in Europe and important National Nature Reserve at its centre. The scattered hamlet of Ruskie to the east spans the road to the City of Stirling, whilst the road following the northern shore of the lake, takes the traveller west towards the dramatic scenery of the Trossachs.
The Lake of Menteith, one of Scotland’s most important trout fisheries, is also a haven for wildlife, with ospreys present during the spring and summer and large numbers of geese roosting here during autumn and winter. In the centre of the Lake, the peaceful, ruined island priory of Inchmahome can be reached by a regular ferry service between Easter and October.
Scenically, Port of Menteith, whilst essentially lowland in character, offers tantalising flavours of the Highlands with the shapely peak of Ben Lomond providing a stunning backdrop to the Lake itself.
This is a haven of beauty and calm.