Inversnaid B&B Loch Katrine Holiday Accommodation Loch Lomond
Kinlochard has its own local shop /post office and a tea room with the unusual name 'The Wee Blether'.
There is a variety of self-catering and Bed and Breakfast establishments open all year round.
|LOCHARD COTTAGES - Kinlochard. Tel 01877 387 760 . Lochard Cottages are two purpose built holiday homes.|
|MACDONALD FOREST HILLS Hotel & Resort.
|BLAIRHULLICHAN Self Catering. SLEEPS 7: Tel 01877 387341 Three large, bright bedrooms, all recently refurbished.|
|BLAIRHULLICHAN BED & BREAKFAST. Tel 01877 387341. B&B is available in four bedrooms in the Victorian part of the house.|
|LEDARD BOTHIES: 01877 387219 - OPEN ALL YEAR. Budget accommodation suit backpackers, walkers cyclists and other tourers.|
|Lochside B&B – Lochard Cottage, 01877387264 – Stunning views, outdoor hot tub|
Further on you pass through pleasantly wooded countryside and past Loch Dhu (the black Loch) and Loch Chon (loch o' the dog). The road now descends gently and 'twistily' past some excellent views from the eastern end of Loch Arklet and then to a 'T' junction. The right turn leads to Stronachlacher on Loch Katrine and the left turn to Inversnaid.
Stronachlacher is in a beautiful location at the western end of Loch Katrine where steamer 'Sir Walter Scott' calls on its morning sail.
Old Smiddy - Self Catering Holiday Cottage at Stronachlachar....................More details
Cottage, Loch Katrine, Stronachlachar, STB award pending
|Hillview Holiday Cottage, Loch Katrine
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Sleeps up to 6 person. By the west shore of Loch Katrine in the Southern Highlands, this self-catering two-bedroomed luxury holiday cottage is the perfect place to relax, unwind and recharge the batteries. The cottage is well equipped with log burning stove and modern conveniences. Just 4.5 miles from Loch Lomond and the west highland way.
West Loch Katrine Sleeps 6......... More details
Waterside Cottage is nestled by Loch Katrine in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park with breathtaking views of Loch Katrine and the surrounding hills of Ben Lomond, Ben Ledi and Ben Venue. Close to the birthplace of Rob Roy McGregor at Glengyle House. Steamer pier just a stone's throw from the cottage..
There are some marvellous views to be had from the steamer pier. You can also
walk or cycle along the private north Katrine road which leads to the far end of the loch
and on to Callander. From this lochside road you can find Glengyle
House, for years the home of the MacGregor chiefs, and also gain access to the artificial
island at Portanellan which was created by the Glasgow water board workers in Victorian
times to protect the ancestral burial ground of the Clan MacGregor when the waters of
the loch were raised to provide Glasgow's water supply.
The water is carried from an outlet on the south side of the loch via an aquaduct to reservoirs outside Glasgow. The aquaduct itself is an engineering wonder with a fall of only a few feet to carry the water to Glasgow without the need for pumps.
As you approach Stronachlachar, a track to the south leads to 'Royal Cottage' which was built to accommodate Queen Victoria when she came to open the new water supply - she never used it!
The steamer 'Sir Walter Scott' calls in the mornings and only in season, but check with Callander Tourist Information or tel 01877 376 275 before making plans.
Visit the Pier Cafe website for more information
Until recently fishing was unavailable on Loch Katrine but in 2010 Loch Katrine Fisheries opened at Stronachlachar near the west end of the loch to enable trout and pike fishing on the loch with the convenience of electric powered boats. More information on the Loch Katrine Fisheries page.
Trossachs Tourist Information for Stronachlachar
Falls at Inversnaid
Turning left at the T junction takes you to Inversnaid via the north shore of Loch Arklet which was artificially raised by a dam erected in the first decade of the 20th century for Glasgow's water supply. It was on the south side of Loch Arklet and on the slopes of Ben Lomond that Mary (Helen) MacGregor lived with her uncle before she became famous by marrying Rob Roy MacGregor. They married at Corriearklet farm which is on the right of the road. See 'The Rob Roy Story' for more information
The road from the Loch Arklet dam down to Inversnaid is VERY steep. At the top of the hill, turn left and drive up to the little car park from which you can walk a short way up to a viewpoint with the unlikely ? title "Rob Roy's View" which provides a viewmarked panorama over Loch Lomond.
Drive down to Inversnaid and think of the horses which had to pull the dis-assembled Loch Katrine steamer up this hill and over to Stronachlacher where it was re-assembled.
There is a spacious car park at Inversnaid with toilets and convenient access to the Inversnaid hotel bar!
The height of the car park now affords spectacular views up and down Loch Lomond and
across to Tarbet on the western shore of the loch.
A spectacular waterfall to the south of the car park warrants a second look then you can walk half a mile north on the west highland way to visit Rob Roy's cave above the loch. The cave is well signposted.
There is a foot ferry service from the little harbour over to Inveruglas.
Unfortunately there is no alternative return route and unless you want to tackle the long walk down the lochside you now must return by the same road to Aberfoyle for the trip over to The Trossachs and Callander.
Tourist Information for Inversnaid
Remember before you visit MacGregor country to get your maps and Trossachs Tourist information Scotland.
The above mis-spelling 0f Aberfoyle as Aberfoil is for the benefit of search engines !
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