Loch Katrine Eco Camping

UK Scotland Central Scotland Stirlingshire

  • Staggered showering times
  • Contactless check in
  • Extra toilets/showers
  • Deep cleaning of shared facilities
  • Deep clean between glamping guests
  • Individual toilets for glamping accommodation
  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Dogs welcome
  • Good walks nearby
Loch-side sleeping and exploring in one of Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park's most historic locations

It’s not always clear which is the biggest attraction at Loch Katrine. The water itself – a nine-mile-long S shape in the heart of Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park – or the 121-year-old single screw passenger steamship (the last of her kind) that sails across it. The world-famous steamer Sir Walter Scott came here in 1899 by barge, boat and horse-drawn carriage before being painstakingly re-assembled for her maiden voyage. Sadly, Sir Walter Scott is not currently sailing as she requires boiler repairs, please support the SOS – Save Our Steamship appeal to raise the funds to get her sailing next year. Details are on site and at the Loch Katrine website.

For today’s visitors it’s a far easier ride. A one-hour drive from Glasgow, a little more from Edinburgh, or the sleeper train from London to Stirling affording you a little less stress on your journey north. From Stirling, it's just a short drive into the spellbinding heart of the Trossachs and the Great Trossachs Forest National Nature Reserve. A truly magical setting, Sir Walter Scott described 'the scenery of a fairy dream’ in his famous poem Lady of the Lake.

Along with running the Steamship Café, the gift shop, a cycle hire centre and a fleet of boats with a variety of trips from piers around the loch, the team here at Loch Katrine also operate an excellent eco lodge site near Trossachs Pier and campervan sites at both Trossachs Pier car park and the lochside car park at Stronachlachar.

Opened in 2018, the 10 secluded lochside glamping lodges allow guests to enjoy modern comforts in the great outdoors. The lodges' prime position means glampers wake up in the long dawn shadows of Ben Venue, soundtracked by the rippling waters of Loch Katrine and the crinkling top of Ben A'an – the mountain in miniature – looming in the distance. As evening descends, the dramatic sunsets enjoyed from the lodges are very special indeed. Inside each eco lodge, a compact kitchen, heating, proper beds, TV and free Wi-Fi come as standard. The largest 'Loch' lodges also offer en suite shower rooms and underfloor heating while the new ‘Glen Lodges have en suite toilets and nearby they have their own designated showers.  The ‘Ben’ Lodges don’t have en-suite facilities but they have their own designated toilet, shower and wash hand basin close by.

As pampered as an eco lodge stay might sound, it’s still a far cry from the delights Queen Victoria experienced when she came to visit the loch in 1859, famously demanding an entire house and jetty be built for her exclusive personal use. Alas, despite the production of the gothic royal cottage and jetty, which can still be visited to this day, Queen Victoria never stayed there overnight. The 21 gun salute that greeted her arrival shattered almost every window in the house.

If you’re not listening to such tales as you take a narrated boat tour across the water, then hiring bikes on site is also a fantastic option, with a quiet and family friendly road winding alongside the loch shore for 14 miles to Stronachlachar Pier where the Pier Café provides welcome refreshments in a stunning setting. You can grab a one-way boat ticket to the far end of the loch (taking bikes and buggies on board) and pedal back along the almost car-free, loch-side road. Hiking, meanwhile, is the key attraction for many. Whether it’s a gentle stroll to Glengyle (the birthplace of Scottish legend Rob Roy MacGregor) or to nearby Primrose Hill, taking the long route to Ben Lomond or making your way up to the nearby peak of Ben A'an, there are endless opportunities to keep you occupied. The latter even boasts views back down to the loch, where you can see passenger boats gliding across the water. From up top you can really understand how Loch Katrine – “highland thief or robber” in gaelic – earned its name. It certainly steals your breath away.

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Book with complete confidence at Loch Katrine Eco Camping with the Glampingly Coronavirus Booking Guarantee. We guarantee the following clear policy for your booking:

  • A low deposit of 30% to secure your booking
  • Balance not due until 30 days before your holiday, in case of late changes to Coronavirus guidance
  • Complete flexibility to move bookings up to the end of 2021 in the event of Coronavirus restrictions
  • In the event of a lack of 2021 availability, switch your dates to 2022
  • Due to low deposit and late balance payment, no refunds are offered

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Details

Facilities

Woodland camping (some pitches with electric, two are wheelchair friendly) with access to a shared toilet and shower block. Open fires and charcoal BBQs are not permitted. There is no direct access to the loch from the campsite, a fence prevents access, but there are view points and access to the water a short walk up the lochside. Most of the campervan/motor-home pitches are in the car park (with electric, water and WiFi) but there's also a lochside campervan pitch with hook up facilities. All eco lodges feature a small kitchenette with combo microwave, fridge and sink, Freeview HDTV, free Wi-Fi, lighting and heating, while the Glen lodges have en-suite toilets and the Loch lodges have en-suite toilets and showers and underfloor heating. All sleep up to four people and there is an additional wheelchair-friendly lodge with space for two adults and the option for up to two additional fold down sofa beds for young children. Finally, for the best views, there is also the luxury, elevated, two-person Loch Katrine lodge with fully glazed frontage. All guests, campers and glampers alike, receive 20% off sailings on the Rob Roy 111 and the Lady of the Lake and cycle hire. There is a small shop on site where a limited range of supplies are available as well as a café/tearoom. Fishing on Loch Katrine is by boat only and requires a permit.

Suitable For

Glampers, campers, tents, campervans and motorhomes all welcome. Dogs welcome in some pods (£8 supplement per night). No caravans, stag or hen parties.

Nearby

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. 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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The Owner Says

Staying in Loch Katrine Eco Lodges or overnight in a campervan/motorhome are great ways to enjoy the stunning beauty of Loch Katrine.

When your day exploring nature’s wonderland is over – relax and let Loch Katrine be your home for the night!

There are 10 loch side lodges in one of the most special areas of the Trossachs overlooking Loch Katrine and Ben Venue, from which to choose. We offer you the opportunity to make one of these lodges your base for the week, weekend or a mid-week break away from the rat race.

At this unique location, we are sure that this will be the starting point for memorable adventures in the Trossachs with walking, the Great Trossachs Forest Footpath runs close by; cycling, fishing or just taking it easy and enjoying the beauty of this very special place which is part of one of Britain’s largest National Nature Reserves. During the darker nights, visitors can take advantage of our street light free location for a bit of star gazing too!

We hope to see you soon here at Loch Katrine!

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Social Distancing Measures

This year, the eight tent camping pitches will remain closed for the entire season in order to minimise the sharing of facilities. This means the lodges that use shared facilities will now have exclusive use. Loch lodges are fully en-suite. Glen lodges have en-suite toilets but share shower facilities (now with pre-arranged time slots). Ben lodges do not have en-suite facilities. This year, we will also be operating contactless check-in and have a new, rigorous cleaning routine, involving the regular deep cleaning of common areas and, of course, between all bookings, the lodges are cleaned thoroughly.

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Accommodation

Four large Loch lodges (en suite shower and loo), two Glen lodges (en-suite toilet but not shower), four Ben lodges (shared facilities), eight camping pitches and 10 motor-home hook ups in the car parking area by the loch.

Ben A'an - Standard Eco Lodge

Pod Sleeps 4
Our standard lodges are in a stunning location overlooking the Loch Katrine. Each have proper beds and a small kitchenette which includes a microwave, kettle, toaster, fridge and sink.

Ben Ledi - Standard Eco Lodge

Pod Sleeps 4
Our standard lodges are in a stunning location overlooking the Loch Katrine. Each have proper beds and a small kitchenette which includes a microwave, kettle, toaster, fridge and sink.

Ben Venue - Standard Eco Lodge

Pod Sleeps 4
Our standard lodges are in a stunning location overlooking Loch Katrine. Each have proper beds and a small kitchenette which includes a microwave, kettle, toaster, fridge and sink.

Loch Achray - Eco Lodge

Pod Sleeps 4
Our luxury lodges have en-suite facilities; walk in electric shower, wc and heated towel rail. The lodge accommodates 4 adults with a double bed and king fold out bed, bed linen and towels provided. The lodges are in a stunning location overlooking Loch Katrine. All have a small kitchenette including a microwave, kettle, toaster, fridge and sink.

Loch Arklet - Eco Lodge

Pod Sleeps 2
Our luxury lodges all have en-suite facilities; walk in electric shower, toilet and heated towel rack. This lodge accommodates 2 adults with a double bed and an option for one small child on a small rollout bed, all bed linen and towels provided. They have a small kitchenette which includes a microwave, kettle, toaster, fridge and sink.

Loch Katrine - Luxury Eco Lodge

Pod Sleeps 2
Our luxury lodges all have en-suite facilities; walk in electric shower, toilet and heated towel rail. The lodge can accommodate 2 adults in a king sized bed and option of one child on a small sofa bed, with bed linen and towels provided. All have a small kitchenette which includes a microwave, kettle, toaster, fridge and sink.

Loch Venachar - Eco Lodge

Pod Sleeps 4
Our luxury lodges have en-suite facilities; walk in electric shower, wc and heated towel rail. The lodge accommodates 4 adults with a double bed and king fold out bed, bed linen and towels provided. The lodges are in a stunning location overlooking Loch Katrine. All have a small kitchenette including a microwave, kettle, toaster, fridge and sink.

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Getting There

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

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Amazing experience

Had a fabulous 3 night stay, stayed in the Loch Katrine Luxury lodge, very well equipped for the ultimate glamping experience, was great having your own toilet/shower. Nice to sit outside surrounded by the trees and views of the loch, sure we will return many times. Took the 2 hr boat trip along Loch Katrine, was lovely, the weather was fab, also hired the bikes from Katrinewheels, had a lovely meal in the steamship cafe, also nearby are the lovely little towns of Callander & Aberfoyle.
Aug 29, 2019 by Irene wilson Verified Review

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