Loch Katrine Travel Guide
view from Aberfoyle
After leaving Loch Katrine I decided to head towards Callander so I could head home via Stirling & East Kilbride on the motorway. And get stuck in 4 miles tail backs thanks to road works! The best laid plans and all that..Before that however, the Trossachs Trail carries on...
The last of the three lochs is Loch Achray with its great views over towards Ben Venue and Ben An. I loved the view with this little church in the foreground and the mountain rising behind it. There were people camping right down on the shoreline of the loch.About half way...
A lot of the road is through forestry which was lovely on a beautiful sunny day with the suns rays bursting through the gaps in the trees! The trail can also be used [in both directions] by cyclists and I also passed a lot of people hiking.
I just love this because of the name, lets face it! The road winds down through the forest and eventually you get a fantastic view of Loch Drunkie. The first car park you reach sits up above it giving a nice angle for photos but there are several more lay bys and car parks...
Following the trail you reach the first loch, Loch Reoidhe, pretty quickly. Its a small loch which sits pretty high up in the hills. There are a couple of laybys along the side of the loch and fishing permits [as with all of the Lochs I assume] are available from the David...
Three Lochs Trail
If you turn off the main Trossachs Trail road through Dukes Pass you can follow a trail through the Achray Forest, called the Three Lochs Trail. You have to drive through a car park area before entering the trail itself which is one way, single track. Don't be put off by...
DAVID MARSHALL VISITOR CENTRE
This is the view looking south from the Visitor Centre. There is a kind of patio area there with benches/picnic tables etc and really this photo doesn't do the view justice. Although saying that, the best scenery is to the east and north. Why not just stop a while and soak...
QUEEN ELIZABETH FOREST PARK
After leaving the town of Aberfoyle the road begins to twist and climb up into the hills and mountains behind. About half way up you reach the David Marshall Visitor centre.Believe it or not this is the view of the car park at the visitor centre! If only all car parks were...
To reach Loch Katrine from Glasgow you have to drive through Queen Elizabeth Forest Park and into the Trossachs. The last town you hit before driving up into the Trossachs themselves is Aberfoyle. Its quite a touristy place but worth a quick stop. You can see the beautiful...
Loch Katrine is situated at the foot of Ben Venue which overlooks the loch at 2370ft.I didn't have a whole lot of time at Loch Katrine unfortunately as it was pretty late in the afternoon by the time I got there. I walked a little way around the side of the loch but if I had...
This was the first glimpse of Loch Katrine after leaving the main road to Callander. The road stops at a large car park and from what I could tell traffic was restricted on the road round the loch itself. Situated beside the car park is the ubiquitous restaurant/cafe and...
After leaving the Visitor Centre the road continues up hill into the Trossachs and over Dukes Pass, so named because the area was once owned by the Duke of Montrose. You get some stunning views from this road of the Trossachs which covers the area from Callander in the east...
The shortest of the trails from the visitor centre was just half a mile and takes you on a circular path to this waterfall. I would advise heading in an anticlockwise direction so as to leave the best for last but thats just me!! I was really surprised when I actually saw...
TROSSACHS VISITOR CENTRE
I loved this deer statue outside the Visitor Centre! I'm sure there are many wild ones in this forested area! The visitor centre contained a restaurant and shop, toilets and was also hosting a craft fair on the day I visited.
the SIR WALTER SCOTT
This is the historic steamer, the SS Sir Walter Scott, that takes tourists for trips on the loch and I was lucky wnough to see it docking in the short time I was actually AT Lock Katrine! Its been on the water since 1900 and travels to Stronachlachar and Glengyle, the...
NATIONAL CYCLE ROUTE
This sign was a mile marker along the National Cycle route that ran through the forest beside the Visitor Centre and between Callendar and Aberfoyle. Not sure how long the actual route would be but I imagine it would be over some pretty hilly terrain so not for those that like their cycling on flat areas!!
It was also possible to hire bikes at Loch Katrine itself and cycle around the side which looked like it might be reasonably flat. I would love to do that myself if I ever get back there!
Written Jul 15, 2005
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- Budget Travel
- Road Trip
Trossachs Butcher: Packing for a picnice
I was looking for somewhere to grab something for lunch on my last trip up this way. I stopped in Aberfoyle and spied this butchers shop/deli with a sign outside advertising filled rolls which was just what I wanted. Being a butchers you have a great choice of freshly cut cold meats in rolls or baguettes as well as cheese or tuna mayo and all available with salad. You can also get the usual pastries of Scotch Pies or sausage rolls etc heated up for you plus chilled drinks, crisps etc.
Written Apr 22, 2007
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Going by my own experience the midgies like this area! So if you are usually bothered by them some kind of repellent would be a good thing to pack.
If you have access to an Avon lady where you live I've been told that the Skin so Soft range works well in repelling midgies. I even know guys who have purchased items for when they go fishing etc
Written Aug 3, 2005
Favorite thing: This area is Rob Roy country since the notorious outlaw, who led the clan MacGregor, frequented the area and was born in Glengyle. Of course his life was somewhat romanticised by Sir Walter Scotts book and the subsequent film starring Liam Neeson
Written Aug 3, 2005
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- Historical Travel