Glen Finglas Eco Lodge (9 at Loch Katrine Eco Camping)
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The Lodge is named after nearby Glen Finglas (Scottish Gaelic: Gleann Fhionnghlais) to the immediate west of Loch Katrine and is most easily accessed via Brig o Turk where a leisurely stroll leads to some wonderful views of the Glen Finglas Reservoir and Dam. Along the walk you will discover some information about some famous historical visitors – John Ruskin and John Millais, a famous painting and a Victorian scandal that has been made into a film – Effie Grey.
About Loch Katrine Eco Camping
Glampers, campervans and motorhomes all welcome. Dogs welcome in some pods (supplementary charge). No caravans, stag or hen parties.
Catching a boat tour from Trossachs Pier to Stronachlachar is a must. The hamlet is full of history and not more than an hour’s walk from Inversnaid, a checkpoint on the West Highland Way. For cyclists, the road along the northern shore of the loch is a relatively flat, car-free tarmac surface, making it the ideal alternative route to the other end of the water. You can hire bikes from Katrine Wheelz (01877 376366) at Trossachs Pier and bikes can also be booked on board the boats, so you can cross the loch and cycle back. For other routes in the Trossachs, the ‘School House Cycle’ is a family-friendly trail that enjoys views across Loch Katrine and surrounding hills such as Ben A’an and Ben Venue. The trail itself is an easy ½-mile and can be combined with a cycle from Trossachs Pier or Stronachlachar but it also links up with 35-mile national route 7. Between Loch Katrine and Loch Achray, Ben A’an (Gaelic for “pinnacle” ) is one of Scotland’s more accessible peaks and one of the most rewarding hikes in the area. There are a series of well catalogued routes, for varying levels of hikers in the Great Trossachs Forest and Queen Elizabeth Forest Park (the latter boasts a visitor centre at the Lodge in Aberfoyle). The route from Loch Achray to the summit of Ben A’an is 2½ miles long, for those looking to experience the hilltop view without a complex climb. Other nearby attractions include the castles at Stirling (01786 450000) and Doune (01786 841742), whisky distilleries at Deanston (01786 843010) and Glengoyne (01360 550 254), the National Wallace Monument (01786 472140), Blair Drummond Safari Park (01786 841456) and Go Ape Aberfoyle (0845 094 9032).
Food & Drink
There aren’t many spots with a view like Loch Katrine's own Steamship café (01877 376 799). Grab some pre-exploration breakfast, lunch or enjoy a much deserved tea and cake, all overlooking the loch. Situated at the Trossachs Pier, the café offers a warm welcome and extensive array of locally sourced fresh food on offer for families, hikers and cyclists in the area, as well as those staying at the campsite. Open daily on a seasonal basis but not in the evenings. New for 2021 there is a takeaway facility, with lochside seating.
There are a number of places to eat and drink in lochside settings and also in the nearby settlements of Brig o Turk, Callander and Aberfoyle. A daytime visit to the Pier Café at Stronachlachar by boat is highly recommended.
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Loch Katrine Eco Camping is located at Loch Katrine, By Callander, Stirling FK17 8HZ
From Callander, Loch Katrine is 10 miles via the A84 to Kilmahog, and then the A821 through Brig o’ Turk. From Aberfoyle it's seven miles via the A821 (Duke’s Pass). If you have a Sat Nav try Trossachs Pier Car Park which is at N56.23226 W4.42734. From the car park, head toward Duke’s Pass/A821 and, after around a half-mile, turn left onto Duke’s Pass/A821. Then turn left at the signpost for Loch Katrine and follow the road to the car park, remembering to pay for your stay.
The nearest train station is in Stirling, where you can change to get the bus to Callander or Aberfoyle, unfortunately, public transport options onto Trossachs Pier from both villages are limited. You can book a DRT (Demand Responsive Transport) car to get to you the Pier. Use this link for details Demand Responsive Transport