The Lake of Menteith is located on the Carse of Stirling and serves as the mouth of the rivers Ford and Teith. The lake is scattered with many small islands and the presiding settlement of the Port of Menteith. An abundance of untainted natural features and a small accumulation of historical locations makes for a quiet yet intriguing tourist area.
The primary island of Inchmahome is the largest among the collection of islands across the lake and contains the ruins of the spectacular Inchmahome Priory. Many tourists enjoy picnicking and strolling through the ancient location. The Lake of Menteith is regarded for its stunning scenery, and the nearby Menteith Hills offer plentiful walking paths. Fly fishing is another popular activity in the area due to the lake’s high concentration of rainbow and brown trout.
The Lake of Menteith is accessible via route A81 between Aberfoyle and Thornhill. The Port of Menteith is an hour’s drive by car from both Glasgow and Edinburgh.
The Lake of Menteith is considered Scotland’s only “true” lake, although geographically speaking there are others. The reigning attraction of the ancient Inchmahome Priory was famously utilised in the mid-1500s by Mary, Queen of Scots as a hideaway during the Battle of Pinkie Cleugh.