Boll Cottages

With such a wide range of sights and activities on offer in Stirling and Clackmannanshire, it is essential to have a comfortable place to flop out and rest those weary limbs at the end of a long day’s exploration. We caught up with the owner of Boll Cottages in Alva, Maria Machin to find out more about the area.

Firstly, tell us a little bit about Boll Holiday Cottages
Boll Cottages in Alva consists of five properties. Four of the cottages Ben Ever, Ben Cleuch, Silver Glen and Mill Glen are centered around a cobbled courtyard.
While the fifth, Boll Cottage, overlooks our duck pond, complete with resident ducks and the occasional swan.

 All of the cottages are tastefully decorated and furnished to the same high quality and come fully equipped. The courtyard and ground floor accommodation is all at the same level which is particularly important to anyone with impaired mobility.

One of the cottages' sitting rooms, leather sofas

Can you tell us what is great about the area?
Alva is less than 7 miles from Stirling, so there is so much to see and do in the area, from history to hillwalking. With the stunning Ochil Hills as its backdrop, Stirling and Clackmannanshire have a lot to offer visitors and residents alike. The best way to understand the place is to visit it.

What would you consider the ‘must-sees’ during a visit to Stirling?
Stirling is a city of great historical significance. Stirling Castle, Wallace Monument, Bannockburn Heritage Centre, Alloa Tower and Menstrie Castle are all worthy of note.

Boll Holiday CottagesWhat about outdoor activities?
Where do I start? There are 9 golf courses within a 10 mile radius of Alva. We recommend Muckhart only 9 miles away where our Boll guests get discounted golf on a course always in great condition with stunning scenery and a very friendly welcome.

Fishing is big round here, with at least 13 local rivers, lochs and fisheries.

For hill walkers the Ochil Hills stretch for 20 miles and rise to over 2,300 feet with views as far as The Forth Bridges, The Cairngorms and Fife. This area has some of the best hill walking and cycling routes in Scotland.

There is a dry ski slope in nearby Tillicoultry, providing recreational skiing, instructional classes; holiday ski school, ski hire and repair service available.

In nearby Fishcross, the Devon Leisure Park Equestrian Centre has Training and competition facilities for all standard of riders. In Drumbrae Riding School in Bridge of Allan.

If you are feeling a bit more daring, the local paragliding school is in Menstrie and instruction is available for all ages and levels of ability.

What about the lesser-known sights or hidden gems? What would you suggest for visitors to the Stirling area?
I’d definitely recommend the Andy Scott Sculpture Trail as well as the Clackmannanshire Tower Trail.

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