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Loch Katrine Eco Camping

· Stirling, Stirling And Falkirk, Scotland
1 acre hosted by The Steamship Sir Walter Scott Ltd. L.
10 glamping pitches · 3 motorhome pitches
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Named one of the best Hipcamps to visit in 2023.
Recent Hipcampers say this Hipcamp is romantic.
Loch-side sleeping and exploring in one of Loch Lomond and 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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98 Ratings · 100 reviews
Anne P.
June 16, 2024
MH 10 - Hard Standing non-serviced Pitch
Ok for an overnight stop
It was ok for an overnight stop. My allocated pitch was side-on to a Rocky outcrop which meant that my side access opened immediately into the exit driveway so I had to check before stepping out and there was no opportunity for my dog to have any outdoor space. Didn’t use the facilities so can’t comment, but no information was given when I checked in (and I didn’t think to ask) so I hope I put my rubbish in the correct place.
Calum C.recommends
June 2, 2024
Ben A'an - Standard Eco Lodge
Great value
Very clean pod everything sorted before hand ,personal toilet and shower . Great place to stay food on site from cafe no fishing apart from on boat 👍
Robert L.recommends
May 22, 2024
MH 10 - Hard Standing non-serviced Pitch
Loch Katrine - stay over
Loch Katrine - stay over on route to Glencoe. Hosts very friendly, made us welcome. Beautiful location with stunning views of the Loch. At £10 per night for two, with hot shower and toilets available, it’s a winner. Recommended.
Helen M.recommends
May 16, 2024
MH 10 - Hard Standing non-serviced Pitch
In the car park and mh10 seems to be a disabled space with hook up but handy for the boats and for lovely cycle/ walk nearby.
Kevin M.recommends
May 15, 2024
Loch Katrine - Luxury Eco Lodge
Great stay, was told the check in time was 4 o’clock but turned up early and the lovely lady at reception let me check in early. Place was immaculate and will probably be back in the not to distant future
Agata K.recommends
April 8, 2024
Ben Ledi - Standard Eco Lodge
Loch Katrine Eco Camping
Amazing place in a stunning location. The lodges are clean, comfortable and are equipped with everything we needed. Good WiFi signal. Clean and comfortable bathrooms.
Stirling, Stirling And Falkirk, Scotland, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking

Hosted by The Steamship Sir Walter Scott Ltd. L.

Joined in October 2017
From the host
Staying in Loch Katrine EcoLodges or overnight in acampervan/motorhome are great ways to enjoy the stunning beauty of Loch Katrine. When your day exploringnature’s wonderland is over – relax and let Loch Katrine be your home for thenight! There are 10 loch side lodges inone of the most special areas of the Trossachs overlooking Loch Katrine and BenVenue, from which to choose. We offer you the opportunity to make one of theselodges your base for the week, weekend or a mid-week break away from the ratrace. At this unique location, we are sure that this will be the starting point formemorable adventures in the Trossachs with walking, the Great Trossachs ForestFootpath runs close by; cycling, fishing or just taking it easy and enjoyingthe beauty of this very special place which is part of one of Britain’s largestNational Nature Reserves. During the darker nights, visitors can take advantageof our street light free location for a bit of star gazing too! We hope to see you soon hereat Loch Katrine!
Nearby attractions

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 and 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. New for 2021 there is a takeaway facility, with lochside seating.

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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