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 to Callander and then back towards Aberfoyle. The last loch you pass after...more
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 along the loch the Forest trail ends and you rejoin the main Trossachs...more
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 around the loch where you can get nearer the edge. The road follows the...more
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 Marshall centre.I liked this loch, and the view from here. It was very...more
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 Don't be put off by signs saying it costs £2 as those must be out of date. Barriers had been...more
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 it all up? There are also a couple of marked trails from beside the visitor...more
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 THIS pretty! My car was parked on the other side of this mini loch in the...more
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 scenery rising up behind the town while you do a bit of shopping, visit the...more
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 more time I think it would have been cool to rent a bike as I saw many...more
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 gift shop as well as an ice cream stand and bike hire place.This fancy pier is...more
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 to the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park and eastern shores of Loch Lomond....more
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 the falls, I had imagined something much smaller. Its actually a 50ft drop...more
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 birthplace of the infmaous Rob Roy. Just a pity I didn't have enough time to go...more
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!
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.
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
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