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Loch Katrine

Trek through a picturesque national park to arrive at this fascinating world of water, diverse wildlife, vegetation and nature trails.

Loch Katrine is a large body of water surrounded by hills and green meadows. With many activities, from nature paths and cycling tracks to cruises and history guides, the lake provides a serene and informative vacation. Learn about the intriguing steamboat history and Scottish folklore involving this site.

Arrive at Trossachs Pier on the eastern part of the lake. Enjoy a picnic in the charming woodland area with views of the water. The pier has a gift shop with souvenirs relating to the region. Show your kids the book about the adorable pine martens that live in the area.

Climb aboard the Steamship Sir Walter Scott to see the lake’s stunning features via an old-world method of transportation. Listen to the loudspeaker guide, which is occasionally broken up by Scottish dance music. Spot the many small islands dotted throughout the loch.

The lake is 8 miles (13 kilometers) long and less than 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) wide. Rent a bike to cycle the perimeter to see the loch from many angles. Snap photos of the sunset, when Loch Katrine reflects the dramatic colors of the changing sky.

Take a break at the restaurant, which serves pastries and tea as well as hearty meals. Eat and drink local Scottish ale with fellow hikers and cyclists while enjoying spectacular views of the placid water.

The lake’s name means “Cattle Thief” in Gaelic, in reference to the history of a notorious Scottish cowboy in this area. Listen to fantastic tales of cattle rustlers, such as Rob Roy MacGregor who was born at the northern end of the lake. Hear about how the lake’s beauty inspired British literary giants Samuel Coleridge and William Wordsworth.

In the midst of Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, Loch Katrine is a 20-mile (32-kilometer) journey west from Callander. Drive the scenic route past Loch Venachar, Loch Drunkie and Loch Achray to reach the lake in about 1 hour by car. Its location near big cities makes it a popular daytrip activity for locals from Glasgow and Edinburgh.


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Macdonald Forest Hills Hotel & Spa £91
Macdonald Forest Hills Hotel & Spa

Macdonald Forest Hills Hotel & Spa

     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated on a lake, this spa hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park and within 6 miles (10 km) of Loch Ard Forest and Aberfoyle Golf Club. Duke's Pass and Ben Lomond are also within 9 miles (15 km).

    Stronachlachar Lodge
    Stronachlachar Lodge

    Stronachlachar Lodge

       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Stirling, this golf holiday home is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park and within 12 miles (20 km) of Loch Katrine and Ben Lomond. Loch Ard Forest and Aberfoyle Golf Club are also within 12 miles (20 km).

      Loch Dhu Cottage, Newly Restored in the Trossachs 7 Miles to Aberfoyle
      Loch Dhu Cottage, Newly Restored in the Trossachs 7 Miles to Aberfoyle

      Loch Dhu Cottage, Newly Restored in the Trossachs 7 Miles to Aberfoyle

      Loch Dhu Cottage, Stirling, SCT
         
        0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated on the waterfront, this cottage is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park and within 6 miles (10 km) of Ben Lomond and Loch Ard Forest. Aberfoyle Golf Club and Duke's Pass are also within 9 miles (15 km).

        Unique Scottish Country House In Trossachs National Park/loch Lomond- 6 Bedrooms
        Unique Scottish Country House In Trossachs National Park/loch Lomond- 6 Bedrooms

        Unique Scottish Country House In Trossachs National Park/loch Lomond- 6 Bedrooms

        Dundarroch, The Trossachs National Park, Callander, SCT
           
          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          This family-friendly Callander holiday home is located on the waterfront, within 3 mi (5 km) of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park and Duke's Pass. Queen Elizabeth Forest Park and Callander Golf Club are also within 9 miles (15 km).

          Macdonald Forest Hills Resort £112
          Macdonald Forest Hills Resort

          Macdonald Forest Hills Resort

             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in a national park, this spa resort is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park and within 6 miles (10 km) of Loch Ard Forest and Aberfoyle Golf Club. Duke's Pass and Ben Lomond are also within 9 miles (15 km).

            Altskeith Country House on Loch Ard £99
            Altskeith Country House on Loch Ard

            Altskeith Country House on Loch Ard

               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Stirling, this country house is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park and within 6 miles (10 km) of Aberfoyle Golf Club and Duke's Pass. Loch Ard Forest and Ben Lomond are also within 9 miles (15 km).

              The Sheiling
              The Sheiling

              The Sheiling

                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Callander, this cottage is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park and within 9 miles (15 km) of Duke's Pass and Galleria Luti. Callander Golf Club and Queen Elizabeth Forest Park are also within 9 miles (15 km).

                The Ridings
                The Ridings

                The Ridings

                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Callander, this bed & breakfast is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park and within 9 miles (15 km) of Duke's Pass and Galleria Luti. Callander Golf Club and Queen Elizabeth Forest Park are also within 9 miles (15 km).