If there's one thing almost as inspiring as our stunning, award winning Cook School, it's our location. The Cook School in Port of Menteith is a real foodie escape. Hidden away in the foothills of the Trossachs, we're no more than a trout leap from the Lake of Menteith, right at the heart of some of Scotland's finest scenery but only a short drive from Stirling, Edinburgh and Glasgow. This is a proper “get away from it all” place and a luxury destination. An industrial estate we are not!
How to get to the Cook School
The Nick Nairn Cook School is located near Port of Menteith, which is a 50 minute car journey from Glasgow, Edinburgh and their associated airports, or a short 25 minute
drive from Stirling train station.
Most people drive to the Cook School and your Sat Nav should get you here without issue but we’ve added a few extra bits and pieces of information which may also be useful
Nick Nairn Cook School
Port of Menteith
From the M9
Leave motorway (M9) at junction 10. Take A84 (signpost Crianlarich) pass Blair drummond and shortly after branch left onto the A873- through Thornhill. Port of Menteith
is approximately 6 miles beyond Thornhill. At Port of Menteith turn left (signpost Armprior) on to B8034. It is 1.5miles along here to the Cook School turn off, which is well
signed from the road.
Take the A811 (signposted Erskine Bridge). At Arnprior turn right onto the B8034 (signposted Port of Menteith). Drive approx 4 miles. You will pass Lochend Farm on your
left, followed by a short hill bending round to the left. At bottom you see the sign on your left for Nick Nairn Cook School and Lochend Chalets, take this turn and follow the
signs to our car park.
From Glasgow Airport
Follow signs for M8 Greenock. Travel 4 miles, before joining M898 (Erskine Bridge-Toll). At the end of the bridge, take the left slip road (signed A82, A81 Crianlarich).
Continue on A82 for 9 miles (still following signs for A81) until the roundabout at Balloch, taking third exit onto A811 (signed A81 Stirling). Continue along A811 for approx 12
miles until the T-junction with A81. Turn left and continue north for approx 8 miles towards Aberfoyle. Just before Aberfoyle (Rob Roy Inn to your left), turn right, signposted
for Port of Menteith. Pass Braeval and continue until you come to the Port of Menteith. Turn right onto the B8034 and drive approx 1.5 miles, passing Lochend Fisheries and
The Lake Hotel. Pass Inchie Farm on the right, turn right into the road sign posted Lochend Chalets. Follow the road to the chalets; The Nick Nairn Cook School is signposted,
with parking to the rear of the building.
From North Glasgow via the A81
Follow the A81 through Blaneﬁeld and continue North. Just before Aberfoyle (Rob Roy Inn to your left), turn right, signposted for Port of Menteith. Pass Braeval and continue
until you come to the Port of Menteith. Turn right onto the B8034 and drive approx 1.5 miles, passing the Fisheries and The Lake Hotel. Pass Inchie Farm on the right, turn
right into the road signposted for the Cook School
From the North of Scotland, Edinburgh or England
Leave the M9 at junction 10, and head for Stirling. Follow signs for Erskine Bridge (A811). Once on the A811, drive for approximately 15 minutes, until reaching Arnprior. At
Arnprior turn right onto the B8034, sign posted Port of Menteith. After 4 miles, you will see a sign for the Cook School on your left hand side.
Trossachs Cab Company in Aberfoyle offers a meet and greet service from Glasgow and Edinburgh airports or Stirling train station. Simply call on 01877 382 108 or e-mail
firstname.lastname@example.org your travel details, and you will be met and transferred to your accommodation or to the Cook School, then delivered back to your point of departure
upon the course's conclusion.
We also recommend Crescent Cabs, Bert is a familiar face at the school and can collect or drop you off for wherever you wish tel: 07710 800067.
Fancy staying overnight?
If you feel like making a mini break out of your cooking / dining experience, we can recommend the following accommodation:
Lake of Menteith Hotel , Port of Menteith
The Lake Hotel is situated in one of the most tranquil and enchanting settings on the edge of Scotland's only lake, the Lake of Menteith. The hotel hosts a lovely bar and a more
formal restaurant. When weather permits, meals and drinks may be served on the waters edge. The hotel has 16 rooms, a few with lake views, each is ensuite with tea and coffee
making facilities, telephone and television.
Dunblane Hydro , Port of Menteith
Just 30 minutes from the Cook School, the Dunblane Hydro offers the perfect get away from it all hotel twinned with world class facilities. In 2009, a multi-million pound
refurbishment has added contemporary style to the Hydro’s iconic Victorian architecture. With 10 acres of rolling landscaped grounds, and The Trossachs and Campsie Fells
providing a stunning backdrop to the hotel. As a Hilton Doubletree hotel, you can expect those extra special touches from your "sweet dreams" bed WI-FI, LCD televisions,
movies on demand and complimentary Neutrogena toiletries in all 200 rooms A superb health and fitness club features a sauna, steam room or bubble pool. Or indulge in a
soothing massage, enjoy a comforting facial or treat yourself to a manicure.
Lochend Self-Catering Chalets
Nick’s brother and sister run these award winning self-catering cottages. Right on the shores of the Lake, with unbeatable views of Ben Lomond, the chalets have arguably the
best location in Scotland - and they're certainly the best cared for. Very popular, so please do book ahead. Generally one-week bookings, but shorter lets available off-peak. The
Coach house offers 4 separate en-suite rooms with shared kitchen and living spaces. Walking distance from school.
Inchie Farm Bed and Breakfast
Run by Norma Erskine who works part time at the Cook School. Highly recommended STB three-star B&B on the shores of Lake of Menteith. Ensuite available. Hospitality Tray
with Homemade Shortbread. Season: February - November. Short Walking distance to the Nick Nairn Cook School or leave your car with us and we will drive you to and from
the school even if it is not raining!