Visit the legendary loch that inspired Sir Walter Scott and brought Victorian tourists to The Trossachs for the first time

Loch Katrine

Be inspired by Loch Katrine

Loch Katrine is a unique place, steeped in history and set in magnificent scenery – this is the quintessential Trossachs landscape. It’s easy to see how it inspired writers like William Wordsworth and Sir Walter Scott, as well as artists and musicians. Indeed, Scott's famous poem 'The Lady of the Lake' was set here and sparked the interest of its Victorian readers, who began to travel to The Trossachs to see the sights for themselves.

Enjoy the loch and landscape from the deck of the Sir Walter Scott steamship and, if you’re feeling energetic, return along the shore by bike or on foot. Look out for part of the Art & Literature Trail along the north shore, which highlights historic points of interest along the way, or follow one of the shorter trails from the pier.

Find out more about Loch Katrine in our Queen Elizabeth Forest Park Map and Trail Guide (PDF 4.7MB).

Parking (charge) Toilets Cafe or refreshments Shop Picnic area Bike hire Walking Cycling

The essentials

There are toilets, refreshments and shopping at Trossachs Pier, where you can catch a boat or hire a bike. There are sailings all year round, but there’s a more limited service in the winter season.

You’ll also find toilets, shopping and refreshments at nearby Aberfoyle. There’s a Tourist Information Centre in the village too.

Walking trails

Cycling trails

Mountain biking trails

Take to the water

You can cruise on Loch Katrine all year round. There’s the historic steamship Sir Walter Scott, which has been sailing these waters for over a century, and The Lady of the Lake, a smaller vessel with a heated saloon (perfect for crisp winter days!).

Get on your bike

The undulating shore of Loch Katrine is a great place for family cycling. Have an unforgettable adventure by taking your bike on board one of the boats for the morning sail from the Trossachs Pier to Stronachlachar, then cycling back along the scenic shore road. Enjoy the magnificent views and perhaps have a picnic as you meander back along the length of the loch – it's about 13 miles (21km) from Stronachlachar to the Trossachs pier. You can bring your own bike or hire one at the Pier – there are even tandems and electric bikes available!

Remember: this route is open to other users – walkers, horse riders and light traffic. Please follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code's responsible cycling guidance.

Follow the Art & Literature Trail

Discover more about the poets, writers, artists and musicians inspired by this dramatic landscape by following this fascinating trail linking Inversnaid and Callander.

Say hi to the hairy coos!

Look out for Highland cows as you explore Loch Katrine. They play a very important part in enhancing the forest environment around the loch. The cattle graze on the move and trample the undergrowth, which helps birds and butterflies move about and feed. Their manure is a natural fertiliser for the soil and also attracts insects, which are a food source for many birds and mammals such as shrews, hedgehogs, foxes and bats.

Discover a native woodland project

Around Loch Katrine, we’re working with partners to create one of the largest areas of native woodland in Scotland, The Great Trossachs Forest National Nature Reserve. It's a unique native woodland partnership project, covering over 160 square kilometres at the heart of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, where a mosaic of woods is being restored for the benefit of wildlife and people.

Contact: Cowal and Trossachs Forest District

Address: Aberfoyle, Stirling

Postcode: FK8 3UX

Telephone: 0300 067 6600


How to get here

From Aberfoyle follow the A821, The Duke’s Pass, to Loch Katrine.

From Callander take the A84 to Kilmahog and then the A821 via Brig o' Turk.

The Trossachs Pier car park is at grid reference NN 495 072.

Using SatNav?

FK17 8HZ is the nearest postcode.

Nearby places

Forest Park highlights close to Loch Katrine include:

The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre – a great place to find information about what to see and do in the Forest Park. It also has a café with fantastic views, as well as parking, toilets, trails and a giftshop. It’s also home to Go Ape.

The Duke’s Pass – reach The Lodge via the public road to Aberfoyle known as the Duke's Pass. This popular route, regarded as one of Britain's best drives, leads you through some of the most scenic parts of the iconic Trossachs landscape. The road was originally built by the Duke of Montrose in the 19th century to improve access to his estate.

Three Lochs Forest Drive – the perfect way to reach the heart of Loch Achray Forest and enjoy stunning Trossachs views without needing to walk very far. The route – reached from The Duke’s Pass – follows a quiet forest road and is suitable for most vehicles. There are car parks, toilets, play features and scenic trails along the way. Open March to October.

Loch Ard – The Great Forest of Loch Ard stretches from Aberfoyle to the foothills of Ben Lomond. One of the best ways to enjoy this forest is to cycle the shore of picturesque Loch Ard – the trails are ideal for families and there’s lots of fun things to see and do along the way.

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