Getting to Loch Katrine
A Loch Katrine adventure starts with a spectacular journey to get there. As well as the pretty road from nearby Callander there are two breathtaking routes from Aberfoyle. The most popular of which is the A821 better known as Duke’s Pass, a winding road that was originally built in the 19th century and then upgraded to accommodate the growing number of Victorian tourists (more of them later). Use this route to go to Trossachs Pier.
Alternatively from Aberfoyle travel towards Inversnaid on the B829 and then follow the signs for Stronachlachar, which is at the other end of Loch Katrine. This is a winding slow single track road, but well worth it for the scenery that you travel past on your drive. Both of these roads are popular with cyclists.
Loch Katrine’s History
Loch Katrine is in the Trossachs and the birthplace of outlaw Rob Roy MacGregor. For over 150 years Loch Katrine has been providing the fresh water supply for the city of Glasgow. On October 14th 1859 Queen Victoria visited to officially open the waterworks and travelled the length of Loch Katrine on a steamer, something that you can still do today.
Novelist and poet Walter Scott penned his classic The Lady of the Lake on the banks of Loch Katrine. This was published in 1810 and was the blockbuster of its day. This inspired people to visit Loch Katrine and experience it for themselves, the beginnings of Scotland’s tourism as we know it today.
Video: Destination Loch Katrine
Video: Loch Katrine Eco Camp
Destination Loch Katrine
Above you can see two of the videos that we have recently produced for Loch Katrine . One showing the destination as a whole, including the steamship named after Scott and the boat named after his famous poem The Lady of The Lake, both of which offer cruises. The other video shows the new eco lodges that have recently been introduced.
The Loch Katrine Eco Camp
In 2018 a collection of 8 loch side eco lodges were opened close to Trossachs Pier. On the site there are also camping pitches, with the main car park providing motor home hook ups.
The lodges are each named after local lochs and mountains and have been very well received. As well as the facilities offered within each lodge there is a communal area for lodge and camp guests to sit in a midge free zone! The midges are deterred by the powerful fans that have sensibly been installed.
Visiting Loch Katrine
At Trossachs Pier there is a large car park with gift shop and restaurant, along with a ticket office for cruises either on the Sir Walter Scott Steamship, or The Lady of the Lake. Cycle hire is available, with the private road alongside Loch Katrine ideal for cycling. A popular option is to take a bike with you onto the Steamship for a cruise to Stronachlachar and then a return cycle back to Trossachs Pier.
At the other end of the loch is Stronachlachar, there are some holiday properties there (see our videos below). Plus there is the excellent Pier Cafe.
Stonachlachar Holiday Properties
Video: Stronachlachar Lodge
Video: Waterside Cottage, Stronachlachar
Loch Katrine Autumn Colours
The colours at Loch Katrine and all around the Trossachs during autumn are spectacular. The charitable trust that operate the cruises and amenities have in the last few years increased the number of sailings operated, extending the season to take in the autumn months. Check the Loch Katrine website for details, they also offer a number of themed weekends and seasonal experiences.