Thornhill village (population approx. 500) has two pubs, and a village shop.
The village was founded in 1696 by Archibald Napier whose great grandfather was the mathematician, John Napier, who invented logarithms.
There are many golf courses within an hour’s drive of Thornhill, easy access to the hills and lochs of the Trossachs, great walking, cycling and picnicking.
Doune Castle, where the TV “soap” Outlander was filmed, is just five miles from here.
The Lake of Menteith which is only about six miles away, is stocked with trout. There is good fishing there in lovely surroundings and the Lake Hotel, which is owned by the famous Scottish chef, Nick Nairn, offers excellent meals. There is also an interesting ruined monastery on an island in the Lake with regular boat trips provided, so that this historic little island can be visited and explored.
Salmon Fishing The River Teith which lies six or seven miles to the north of Thornhill, is a good salmon river, with opportunities to get a day license.
Loch Katrine.(12 miles away) This particularly beautiful loch has a good track down the north side which is ideal for bicycling, and the Walter Scott Steam Boat does regular runs up and down the Loch. There are bicycles for hire at the east end of the Loch. Walking all along the loch side makes for lovely walks in the most tranquil of settings.
Blair Drummond Safari Park The Safari Park makes a fun outing, particularly for children. There are lots of animals to see and to learn about, fairground rides and super play areas for children. There is a boat ride to see the chimps on their island, as well as pedal boats to have fun in. You can take your picnic, eat in the café or even borrow a barbecue and cook your own sausages.
Briarlands This is an ideal facility for smaller children, with lots of things to play on and fresh strawberries on sale that have been picked on the farm.
Stirling Castle is one of the great historic castles of Scotland. It has guarded the crossing of the River Forth for many hundreds of years and it was said that he who held Stirling held the Highlands. The Battle of Bannockburn (1314) was fought to the south west of the castle, and William Wallace fought his famous ‘Braveheart’ battle here in Stirling. The castle has been renovated and is now a special place to visit with the opportunity to see how life was lived in this splendid castle in years gone by, with guides in period dress, a wonderful kitchen to visit, a Great Hall, beautiful tapestries and much more. There is a Victorian monument to William Wallace to the north of the river, it is a tower which visitors can climb up and it shows the landscape as William Wallace saw it as he planned the Battle of Stirling Bridge in 1297.
There are so many more things to see and do in this area but suffice to say, Norrieston makes an ideally central location from which to explore so much of what Scotland has to offer.