Venue and Travel

ICE3 shifts north to Ross Priory, a 17th century country house situated in an unrivalled position on the south shore of Loch Lomond, just 40 minutes by road to the north of Glasgow.

Overlooking the loch with a backdrop of mountains and sky, Ross Priory is a perfect place for contemplation and discussion. Surrounded by gardens, it has its own golf course, bar, games room and croquet lawn. For the bold, there’s also swimming.
The priory has WiFi throughout, and catering is excellent with particular emphasis on local produce.

As there is limited accommodation at Ross Priory, hotel accommodation has been arranged at the Winnock Hotel in Drymen, a 10-minute drive away. A coach will take participants to and from the hotel in the morning and evening.


Getting to Ross Priory

Please note: a travel discussion board has been set up for participants to make car-sharing and other travel arrangements.

(click on the map below to open a Google Map of Ross Priory's location)

map ross priory

Ross Priory, Gartocharn, By Alexandria G83 8NL

By car:

From Glasgow, follow the M8 over the Erskine Bridge then take the A82 for Loch Lomond. Past Dumbarton follow the A811 to Gartocharn on the Drymen/Stirling road. In Gartocharn, turn left into Ross Loan and after approximately one mile you will see the gates of Ross Priory leading into a long straight avenue to the house.

From Stirling and the North East, make for the A809 road. Just past Drymen take the A811 to Balloch, after a few miles make a right turn into Ross Loan, and continue as above.

By train:

The nearest station is Balloch. Trains travel between Glasgow Queen Street and Balloch approximately every 30 minutes, and take 50 minutes. From Balloch, Ross Priory is a 15 minute taxi ride. Train information is available from FirstScotRail.

By bus:

National coach services (see National Express) take the traveller to Glasgow's Buchanan Street Bus Station, from which a local bus service is available to Balloch. Ross Priory is a short taxi ride away from Balloch. Local bus information is available from Scottish Citylink.

By air:

See the Visit Loch Lomond web site for more information about flying to Glasgow. Please note: for those attending the CAL conference in Dublin, there are direct flights from Glasgow International (Aer Lingus) or Prestwick Airport (Ryanair) to Dublin.

ICE3 will organise for a coach to travel between Glasgow City Centre and Ross Priory on Wednesday 21 March, and to return, via the airport, at lunchtime on Friday 23 March. If you wish to book a place on the coach, please indicate this on the registration form.

By seaplane:

Loch Lomond Seaplanes offers pickup from any UK airport, and can make a convenient landing on the loch by Ross Priory.

Ross Priory from the air

updated 20 March 2007