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Loch Achray

Loch Achray in The Trossachs Scotland is about 7 miles west of Callander on the Trossachs road, the A821 which joins the A84 trunk road at Kilmahog just north of Callander. The A821 can also be accessed from Aberfoyle.

Achray is a small but extremely beautiful loch right at the heart of the Trossachs and only a mile from its larger neighbour, Loch Katrine with its famous old steamer. The south side of Loch Achray is wooded and is threaded by woodland tracks and forest roads. The forest roads are open to cars in season and are accessed off the Dukes pass between loch Achray and Aberfoyle. The tracks are also a wonderful place to take your mountain bike or to walk

Achray is a popular fishing loch for brown trout, sea trout, perch, pike and salmon. Fishing Permits are available at Forestry Commision, Aberfoyle or David Marshall Lodge, Aberfoyle . Loch Achray is controlled by the Loch Achray Conservation Association. Fly fishing from boats only. Fishing is only allowed from Conservation Association owned boats.

For the photographer Achray is a dream, with the woods on the south, mountains and forests to the north and the majestic crags of Ben Venue to the west. The placid waters of the loch usually offer unbelievable reflections of the surrounding scenery.

On the north shore is Ben A'an with its easily recognised pointed peak. Less than 2000 feet in height it is a fairly easy walk but with fabulous views from the top over Loch Achray and down the length of Loch Katrine.

Below the slopes of Ben A'an is the lovely little Trossachs church, where many a wedding and memorable wedding photos have taken place. Just west of the old church is 'Tigh Mor', at one time the Trossachs Hotel, but now owned by the Holiday Property Bond. Tigh Mor with its spires and turrets is a splendid building in splendid surroundings below the pointed peak of Ben A'an.

Close to the Ben A'an car park on the north shore of Loch Achray is 'Tigh Mor Trossachs' - often mistaken for the Loch Achray Hotel, possibly due to its grand turreted appearance. Tigh Mhor is actually a kind of time share holiday place owned by the Holiday Property Bond. The Loch Achray Hotel is actually to the south west of the loch and is owned by (and mainly used by) 'Lochs & Glens Holidays - Coach Holidays to Scotland '