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Unique 6 Bedroom Lodge, Views Of Loch / Sir Walter Scott Steamboat, Pier Cafe

Bedrooms 6
Half Baths1
Space 4,843 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

Cosy Open Fires, Beautiful Contemporary Living, Large Enclosed Gardens Fronting Onto The Loch Katrine.

This superb six bedroom (12 person) lodge rests on the banks of Loch Katrine in the heart of Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. Boasting superb loch views, the property is situated on the pier of Stronachlachar, from where the Sir Walter Scott Steamship departs on daily trips around the loch. There is also a cafe located on the pier which serves excellent food and drink (licensed) and rents out boats for fishing.

The area is a popular destination with walkers and cyclists, with permit fishing available for anglers. The nearby village of Aberfoyle offers a wide selection of pubs, restaurants and shops, with many golf courses available throughout the region. Loch Lomond is easily accessible by car, offering loch side cruises, a spa hotel, championship golf courses, an aquarium and selection of water sports. miles. The cities of Glasgow, Edinburgh and Stirling are all accessible by car.

The Lodge comprises 1 x Super-king Bedroom, 2 x King-size Bedroom, 1 x Double Bedroom & 2 x Twin Bedrooms. It can accommodate 12 adults, plus infant (cot provided).

Ground Floor: Living room with wood burning stove, wooden floor & views over the loch. Spacious kitchen/dining room with wood burning stove and gas range (for cooking). Games room with slate bed pool/snooker tables, books & games. Separate toilet.

First floor: Double bedroom with Super-king bed. Double bedroom with King size bed. Twin bedroom with 2 x single beds. Bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet. Shower room and toilet.

Second floor: Double bedroom with King Size Bed, balcony and views over Loch Katrine. Double bedroom with Double bed & ensuite shower room. Twin bedroom with 2 x single beds. Shower room with toilet.

Outside (Upper Garden) - is located adjacent to the house. Whilst the area is mainly laid to grass, there is a BBQ area next to the kitchen. This area has wooden benches and a charcoal BBQ which can burn several different types of fuel, allowing you to cook on charcoal for eating and then move onto logs or firewood for when you want to sit around the fireplace and keep warm.

Outside (Lower Garden) - The lower garden fronts onto Loch Katrine and is next to Stronachlachar Pier. There are two patio areas with wooden benches and a large flat lawn area. There is also small forest area for exploring.

Things to do:

- 30 Seconds Away: The Pier Café. The home of great coffees and food...and some of the most spectacular views in Scotland is located at the bottom of the garden of Stronochlachar Lodge.

- 30 Seconds Away: Steamship Sir Walter Scott. Your stay at Stronachlachar Lodge will not be complete without a sail on the steamship the “Sir Walter Scott” or the “Lady of the Lake”. This is the perfect way to experience the beauty of Loch Katrine.

- 30 Seconds Away: Cycling Loch Katrine (from Stronachlachar or Trossachs Pier. It’s easy to hire a cycle for an hour or longer - or take your bike on board ‘Sir Walter Scott’ or ‘Lady of the Lake’ for the morning sail up to Stronachlachar then cycle back on the road along the scenic shores of Loch Katrine. With bikes for adults and kids it’s the perfect family day out - or you can even hire a tandem or electric!

- 30 Seconds Away: Walk Around Loch Katrine. There is a lovely walk along picturesque Loch Katrine that leaves from Stronachlachar Pier ....and can be combined with the steamer sailing from Trossachs Pier.

- 10 Minutes Away: Loch Ard Sculpture Trail. The Loch Ard family Sculpture trail consists fo 16 miles of routes for cyclists, walkers and horse riders. It runs through a wide variety of terrain and past many impressive sights, including Loch Ard itself, Loch Chon, Duchray Water and Kelty Water.

- 10 Minutes Away: Lochside Yoga. Based in the village of Kinlochard, Lochside Yoga offers regular yoga classes and activities for anyone interested in developing their yoga practice, or who just likes to get a good stretch and feel relaxed at the end of a yoga class or session.

- 10 Minutes Away: Go Country, Kinlochard. Go Country is one of the premier outdoor activities organisation in Scotland based in the idyllic Trossachs on the shores of Loch Ard. They offer a range of outdoor activities to suit all interests and ages. They provide a full range of activities including their unique waterpark with an iceberg, hamster wheel and trampoline. Other activities include quad biking, canoeing, mountain biking, orienteering, climbing / abseiling, cliff jumping, gorge walking, hillwalking, archery, white water rafting, horse riding, clay pigeon shooting and 4x4 off road driving.

- 10 Minutes Away: Forest Hills Hotel, Leisure Club & Spa, Kinlochard. The Macdonald Forest Hills Hotel and Spa is situated on the banks of Loch Ard. The spa provides you with an equal balance of luxury and tranquillity; with a staff of trained experts standing by to help you relax and unwind. They also have a range of fitness facilities including a gym and 18m heated pool.

- 30 Minutes Away: Go Ape, Killearn. Go Ape in Aberfoyle is located at the David Marshall Lodge Visitor Centre and is a great high wire experience suitable for adults and children alike. It boasts two the UK's longest zip wires, 30 Tree Top crossings, plus a high wire obstacle course. Go Ape is guaranteed to thrill and keep participants talking about it for days.

- 45 Minutes Away: Glengoyne Distillery, Killearn. For lovers of the finest Scotch Whisky, a visit to Glengoyne is a great experience! Dating back to 1833 Glengoyne is one of Scotland's oldest distilleries. The favourite tipple of the late Queen Mother, Glengoyne was given a hard to achieve Royal By Appointment seal of approval. Glengoyne Distillery has a great range of tours for visitors all year round.

- 60 Minutes Away: Loch Lomond Birds of Prey Centre. Loch Lomond Bird of Prey Centre: Home to 35 birds & over 25 species, meet & get close to Orla the Golden Eagle & Smudge the little Owl.

Facilities in Lodge • Wood Burning Stoves (Logs Provided) • Elecectricity, full gas CH, bed linen and towels included • Cot, H/chair • Freesat TV, DVD • CD • 6-ring gas range, Two m/waves • W/machine, T/dryer • D/washer • American f/freezer • Extensive enclosed garden with patio and furniture • Balcony • BBQ • Ample parking • Games room with 7ft x 4ft sleight bed pool table, board games, books and toys.

More Details

Cath McLaren
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
March 21, 2018

About Cath McLaren

We purchased Stronachlachar Lodge back in February 2013. As well as running the Lodge as Holiday Accommodation, we use the Lodge for family holidays. As such, we have created a home away from home and have spent a lot of time upgrading the property and ensuring it is fully stocked with everything you will need.

Cath McLaren purchased this house in 2013

Why Cath McLaren chose Stronachlachar

Part business and part pleasure. In addition, we have family connections with the area and my Dad's brother actually worked on the Sir Walter Scott Steamboat.

What makes this house unique

Discounts secured for Guests:

(1) Daily passes to the local Macdonald Forest Hills Hotel’s swimming pool and gym (10 minutes away by car).

(2) 20% off Steamship Sir Walter Scott, Loch Katrine.

(3) 10% off Go Ape, Killearn.

(4) 10% off Glengoyne Distillery, Killearn.

(5) 25% off Loch Lomond Birds of Prey Centre, Loch Lomond,

Guestbook comments from the owner

This is an amazing house, I loved it.
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Stronachlachar House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4843 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Toilet 1 - toilet
    Top Floor Bedroom Ensuite - toilet , shower
    Top Floor Bathroom - toilet , shower
    First Floor Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    First Floor Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • All bathrooms have electric underfloor heating: The Family Bathroom comprises a Victorian design WC, free-standing bath, wash hand basin & a separate shower cubicle. The Shower-rooms (x2) & ensuite (x1) comprise a WC, shower & wash hand basin.
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • 1st Floor - King Size Bedroom - 1 queen , Bed dressed in Plumb.
    1st Floor - Twin Bedroom - 2 twin/ single , Beds dressed in Green Athens.
    Top Floor - King Size Bedroom - 1 queen , Bed dressed in Teal Athens. Balcony with view over Loch.
    Top Floor - Twin Bedroom - 2 twin/ single , Beds are dressed in Chocolate Athens.
    1st Floor - Super-King Bedroom - 1 king , Bed dressed in Plumb Manhattan. View over Loch.
    Top Floor - King Size Bedroom - 1 queen , 1 baby crib , Bed is dressed in Teracotta Paris. Ensuite Shower room.
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 12 (6 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: 4 x Double Bedrooms: 1 Super-king solid oak bed (with view over loch), 2 King size (one with balcony and view over loch), 1 Double bed. 2 x Twin Bedrooms: Each with two solid oak single beds.
  • Books ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Pool Table ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • autumn foliage
  • forests
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing


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Unique 6 Bedroom Lodge, Views Of Loch / Sir Walter Scott Steamboat, Pier Cafe
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Stronachlachar Lodge Review

  • 5 of 5

This property is in a superb location and is an excellent property for a large family group or a large group of friends. Great sized rooms with with fully equipped kitchen make this property very comfortable. The views are fantastic with walking and cycling right on the doorstep. Would stay again without hesitation.

  • Submitted: Jun 7, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful house, perfect for large groups.

  • 5 of 5

We were a large group and hired the house to celebrate New Year. Aside from the location, which is beautiful, the standard of accommodation is really good - in particular, the living spaces are huge which meant we could all eat together and spend time together indoors without getting on top of one another.

I was really impressed by how well equipped the house was - the kitchen had a wide range of appliances, equipment and cutlery/crockery. The games room was also a nice surprise with board games and toys for the kids. It very much felt like a home from home.

The owners were really responsive and helpful during the booking process and provided lots of useful information before we arrived. There is also lots of helpful information and instructions in the house for all of the appliances, wood burning stoves, etc.

All in all, everyone loved the house and had a great time. I would highly recommend Stronachlachar and hope we will be able to return for another visit in the future.

  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Margaret, So glad you enjoyed your stay and thanks for the great feedback. Graham and Cath
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Beautiful spacious lochside retreat

  • 4 of 5

The property is beautiful and in an absolutely stunning location. It is extraordinarily spacious and well equipped and suited our family from Australia, England, Colombia and Scotland perfectly.

The website and house book do need some updating , e.g. there is now no DVD player (replaced with smart TV which will no doubt enable streaming when the super fast wifi is installed!) and the wifi code in the book is an old one. Broadband is slow, but a digital detox goes with the relaxing experience.!

The road from Aberfoyle is slow and twisty (as pre-warned- ) and in snow and ice even slower, so one really feels to be in a special place. We also went over the Dukes Pass in icy conditions which is not to be recommended! The went to the Pier Cafe once for lunch and from that experience can recommend it. Graham and Cath were exceptionally helpful in answering all my queries before we arrived and we had a simply wonderful (and white) Christmas. Thank you so much.

  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Maggie, So glad you enjoyed your stay and thanks for the great feedback. We're in contact with BT and hope to have improved broadband speed in the near future. Thanks Graham and Cath
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Fantastic house

  • 5 of 5

Everything was perfect

  • Submitted: Nov 27, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
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This place was amazing by far the best secluded lodge at a beautiful location!..

  • 5 of 5

Amazing - I will be booking up again in the very near future this is my happy place 😊👍

  • Submitted: Nov 20, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful house, even better than the pictures!

  • 5 of 5

We booked Stronachlachar Lodge for a 4 night break with family and friends. Our family have known the area for years and it is a great location for a getaway break like this, just don't forget anything! The views of the loch are amazing, no matter what the weather. The house is just beautiful. There is so much space, the decor is very tasteful and the whole place feels very luxurious. Although I had viewed the website pictures before booking they still didn't do the house justice (the opposite of what you usually find!). Our first half hour in the house was spent with everyone racing from room to room saying "Oh Wow! Have you seen...?". We were pleasantly surprised that there was an extra first floor shower/toilet and bedroom with en suite that we hadn't been aware of from the website layout, so plenty of showers and loos to accommodate 12 people. The beds were also very comfortable! The poolroom was great and well used during our stay as a (mostly) friendly rivalry emerged. Although the rest of the accommodation in the house was fully occupied, the good design meant that we weren't aware of anyone else and the Lodge felt very private. The Pier Cafe near the house was a welcome addition to the area and we experienced nice food and very friendly service when we all met there for lunch on the Saturday, a great start to our break. The only minor downsides to the house were the very poor broadband connection and the lack of any kind of bluetooth speakers to listen to music (I'm afraid the 90s getto blaster and eclectic CD collection didn't really cut it for us!). I realise the remote location will affect the ability to do much about the broadband, and also that normally when going on a holiday like this it shouldn't be your top priority. However, if it can't be improved it would be good to make this clear in advance, especially given the expected lack of phone signal, as I had a few unavoidable, important things to deal with while we were away re my own business and ended up far more non-contactable than I had predicted, leading to a bit of stress rather than relaxation. I'm sure we will be back, but this time with the expectation of a beautiful "off-grid retreat"!.

  • Submitted: Nov 13, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
41 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Inversnaid Bunkhouse
Nearest Ferry
0.01 Miles
Sir Water Scott Steam Boat
Nearest Train
35 Miles
Nearest Motorway
35 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.01 Miles
Pier Cafe
Nearest Beach
0.01 Miles
Loch Katrine
Car: recommended

Stronachlachar Lodge rests on the banks of Loch Katrina. In addition it is only 10 minutes drive to Inversnaid on Loch Lomond.


Take the A84 from Stirling and follow the road for 5 miles past Blair Drummond Safary Park. Take a left to follow the A873 to Thornhill. Continue on the road past the Lake of Monteith, until you reach Aberfoyle. From Aberfoyle, take the B829 through Kinlochard. Follow the road for approximately 10 miles until you reach a T-junction. Turn right, go down the hill & you will find the Lodge on the left.

Stirling is the nearest railway station.

Glasgow Airport is approx 1 hour away


The nearby village of Aberfoyle offers a wide selection of pubs, restaurants and shops, with many golf courses available throughout the region. Loch Lomond is easily accessible by car, offering loch side cruises, a spa hotel, championship golf courses, an aquarium and selection of water sports.

The cities of Glasgow, Edinburgh and Stirling are all accessible by car.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Tax Rate 20.0%

Booking Notes:
- Provisional reservations are held for 24 hours. Thereafter a booking must be confirmed, and followed up within 4 days with the payment of a non refundable Booking Deposit of 25% (or full payment if within 6 weeks of rental date).
- The balance is due in full no later than six weeks prior to your arrival date.

Changeover Day:
During the High Season changeover day is a Saturday. Check in time is 3pm on day of arrival and 10.00am on day of departure.

Notes on prices:
Discounts available for last minute bookings (within 2 weeks).

Short breaks are available on request during our Low Season (1st November to 31st March, excluding Xmas / New Year), minimum 3 nights stay.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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