Ben A'an - Standard Eco Lodge

UK Scotland Central Scotland Stirlingshire Loch Katrine Eco Camping

  • Sleeps 4 (max 4 adults, 3 children)
  • Electricity
  • Cooking facilities
  • Beds Provided
  • In room Wifi

  • Bed Linen Not Included
Cosy lodge in a stunning location overlooking Loch Katrine.
  • Toilet and shower facilities just a short walk from the lodge
  • Proper double bed and a set of bunk beds so everyone gets a good nights sleep
  • Gorgeous location overlooking the Loch Katrine

The Owner Says

When your day exploring natures wonderland is over - relax and let Loch Katrine be your home for the night.

This lodge is named after Ben A'an which is "one of the most popular amongst Scotland's small hills", the pointed peak of its west top (454 m/1491 ft) appearing like a small mountain.  The summit area is largely treeless and comprises several rock outcrops and crags, its highest point being a rounded summit (461 m/1512 ft), unlike its more popular and lower west top. The normal route to the top is from the pay and display car park of "Ben A’an" two miles down the road from the Eco Camp, by the shore of Loch Achray.  Even though Ben A’an is not particularly high, it offers panoramic views of the surrounding area, including Loch Katrine, Loch Achray, Ben Venue and even as far as the Arrochar Alps on the western shore of Loch Lomond. The name "Ben A’an" is an erroneous Anglicization by Sir Walter Scott. Its original name is uncertain, but it has been suggested that it may have been Am Binnean which means "the pinnacle", although some sites cite it’s meaning as "the small pointed peak".

Our basic lodges can comfortably accommodate 4 adults, with a double bed and a set of bunk beds. The lodge is furnished with a small country style kitchenette which includes a combo microwave, kettle, toaster, fridge and sink. There is a Freeview HDTV, free WiFi, lighting and to ensure your are kept extra cosy ther is heating in each of the lodges. If you wish for linen to be provided please select this in the extras list when booking.
Our toilet and shower facilities are a short walk away from the lodges and are also included in your booking cost.
When booking this lodge you also receive 20% off on sailings on the Steamship Sir Walter Scott and the Lady of the Lake!
This lodge is dog friendly - £10 supplement per stay for cleaning.

Features & Facilities

Woodland camping, some pitches with electrical hook-up, with access to a shared toilet and shower block. 2 camping pitches are wheelchair-friendly. Eco lodges feature a small kitchenette with combo microwave, fridge and sink, Freeview HDTV, free Wi-Fi, lighting and heating. Basic lodges sleep 2 in fixed double bunk beds and a further 2 in a double sofa bed. A toilet and shower block is nearby. The luxury lodges have en-suite facilities (including a walk-in electric shower), underfloor heating and sleep up to 4, with 2 in a king-sized bed and up to 2 in a fold down bed. A wheelchair-friendly lodge is available. Open fires and charcoal BBQs are not permitted. There is no direct access to the Loch at the Eco Camp site, a fence prevents access due to continual boat movements. There are view points and access to the lochside a short walk up the lochside. Fishing on Loch Katrine is by boat only and requires a permit. Campervan/Motor-home pitches are in the car park and have electric hook-ups, water and are close to a toilet block where there is a wet room and shower. All guests receive 20% off sailings on the Steamship Sir Walter Scott and the Lady of the Lake. There is a small shop on site where a limited range of supplies are available as well as a café/tearoom.

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Activities

Catching a boat tour across 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. It's been welcoming the steamship Sir Walter Scott for decades. 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 Brenachoile cafe (01877 376 799). Grab some pre-exploration lunch or enjoy a much deserved tea and cake, all overlooking the loch. Situated at the Trossachs Pier, the Brenachoile 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.
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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 7 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 ½-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