Unique 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom stone Barn conversion located within the ancient Touch Estate with views to Stirling Castle and Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park.
The estate, with its wild moor and waterfalls, is now a popular location for the filming of the Award Winning ‘Outlander’ drama series.
Located in the midst of Braveheart country, littered with the debris of past feuds and battles, Ailsa Barn was originally the site of a croft dating back to 1720 and rebuilt over the years until it evolved into a traditional Scottish farmhouse and stone barn around a sheltered courtyard.
The barn now sits in an acre of private garden with a stream and direct access to the moor beyond. Set into the hillside for protection from the wind, the original barn, dating from 1840, was converted in 2018 using traditional building techniques and locally quarried stone. It is set high on the hill side in a quiet location retaining privacy even though adjacent to the farmhouse nearby.
Ailsa Barn is only 5 miles from Stirling however feels wonderfully remote. Access is up a steep hill which can require four wheel drive, even in the summer. Part of the adventure is the road up to the Barn. Driving though Redhall Farm Yard (drive slowly mind as there are children and chickens roaming freely!) you will see Ailsa Barn at the top of the hill. Engage that first gear and climb up the track where the breathtaking views , and the barn of course, await you. Due to its ‘off grid’ feel Wi-fi is not available though the 4G signal is easily reached. Television reception can be affected by weather conditions too; there’s a DVD player and some films or, of course, sit back and take in the spectacular views during the day or the stars at night!
Views from the living room are exceptional and stretch uninterrupted from Ben Lomond in the west, across The Carse of Stirling to Stirling Castle due east taking in the high peaks to the north of 3 Munros; Ben Lomond, Stuc a’ Chroin, and Ben Vorlich as well as the slightly lower peaks of Ben Venue and Ben Ledi. Sunsets are second to none and the colours of the mountains and sky change continually.
Upstairs is a huge open plan living room with a Jotul log burner and TV. However, there is no reason to watch the TV as you will be kept mesmerised with the phenomenal views from the floor to ceiling feature window. The constantly changing light and sky provide the perfect backdrop to sit with a glass of wine , relaxing and waiting on the sun to set.
Within the open plan living area, there is a generous seating and dining space for 8 and the integral kitchen is fully fitted with two fridges, an induction hob, electric oven, microwave and a dishwasher. There is an additional toilet on this floor and a further area for relaxing and reading with views towards Stirling Castle.
On the ground floor the entrance leads to a utility/boot room with washing machine leading to three double bedrooms and two shower rooms. The south bedroom has a king size bed, an ensuite shower and a patio door to the courtyard with views across The Carse to Stirling Castle. The middle bedroom has a two single beds arranged as a day bed and a pull out bed, again with a patio door to the courtyard and Castle views. The north bedroom has views to the mountains and a king size zip and link bed offering the option of two single beds.
A secluded, sheltered sunny courtyard offers outside dining space with BBQ facilities for you to relax and unwind after a hard day’s sightseeing.
We have wildlife in abundance – pheasants, deer, red kite and horses all on the doorstep.
It’s just a 10 minute drive to the Trossachs National Park with the Lake of Menteith Hotel, where fly fishing can be done and Loch Lomond and the rugged west coast beyond where you can take in the views of Scotland’s most exceptional scenery and mountain ranges.
The estate, with its wild moor and waterfalls, is now a popular location for filming Outlander. Doune Castle (filming location for Outlander and Monty Python), the Wallace Monument, Old Stirling Bridge, Battle of Bannockburn Experience, the award winning Engine Shed, Blairdrummond Safari Park, the Church of the Holy Rude, Deanston Distillery (The Angel’s Share) and the Argaty Red Kite bird of prey display are all within 5 miles of the Barn.
The Lake of Menteith is 6 miles away and is the historic centre for curling. Hence the name Ailsa Barn referring to the Ailsa Craig island from which the rock for curling stones is quarried. Curling is now held in Stirling.
Old maps of the area and in particular the new Historic Scotland facility at the aforementioned Engine Shed with its augmented reality coverage of Scotland is invaluable. There are many books and maps at Ailsa Barn giving the history of the area and suggestions for exploring the wealth of important historic sites in the area.
Of particular interest is the adjacent ruined croft. The Carse of Stirling was under sea water up to 1700. Draining the carse revealed fertile soil and several landowners encouraged a scheme for workers to clear six yards deep of river silt over an area of 60 square miles in exchange for the tenancy of nearby land and the right to build accommodation. One of these is the ruined croft dating from 1720 now at the centre of the group of two dwellings known as Upper Redhall and Ailsa Barn. It is visible to the left of the parking spaces in front of the Barn. The wall of the ruined croft now gives privacy between Upper Redhall and Ailsa Barn.
An unmade road leads from the barn parking area directly to the moor beyond. This is gated and used daily to tend to cattle and horses so please avoid blocking this with your cars.