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The image top is of the vast Car Park at the
Trossachs Pier at Loch Katrine. Second top is
of the Cafe overlooking the Pier.
By the Cafe is Katrine Wheelz where you can
hire bikes to tour round the loch. It is about
12 miles to Stronachlachar Pier at the other
end of Loch Katrine. Many cyclists bike out to
there and catch a boat back. There is also a
scenic viewing area 2 miles out, popular with
cyclists and walkers. katrinewheelz.co.uk.
The image right is of the piers at Loch
Katrine with the steamship Sir Walter Scott
preparing to leave. This ship was completed in
1900 as one of the first large pleasure
cruisers on Scottish Lochs. You can take 1 hour
cruises out onto the loch, or 2 hour cruises up
to the Stronachlachar Pier. There is a cafe and
bar on board. Large
The other smaller boat on Loch Katrine is
the Lady of the Lake. This boat takes bikes.
Loch Katrine Website
for cruise times / prices.
The Glen Finglas Monument is a few hundred
yards out from the Pier. This monument was
unveiled by Princess Margaret in 1958. Glen
Finglas is a water system that links Glen
Finglas Reservoir to Loch Katrine. Water from
Loch Katrine has been used for Glasgow drinking
water since 1859.
Brenachol Point is a viewing area about 2
miles out from the pier. The mountain across
the loch is the 2,391ft Ben Venue, a popular
hike with great views over Loch Katrine. The
1,512ft Ben A'an is also a popular hike with
great views over the Loch.
Venue Tour . Ben A'an Tour
The stone slabs at Brenachol Point give
information on the famous people that have
visited the point, such as William Wordsworth,
Walter Scott, and John Ruskin.
The Echo Lodges are
situated close to the Pier. These were
completed in 2018.
Loch Katrine History
Loch Katrine is 11 miles long by 1 mile
Its name is thought be from the Gaelic
ceathairne, that may mean cattle thief.
1671 - Robert Roy MacGregor is born at Loch
1689 - Rob Roy joined the Jacobite
Rising where he is wounded but
1700s early, Rob Roy runs into financial
difficulties whilst running his cattle farm, he
is then accused of being involved in cattle
rustling, and much more.
1700s early - Rob Roy imprisoned the Factor
to the Duke of Montrose on Factors Island on
Loch Katrine. One of many disputes he had with
1734 - Rob Roy dies at his family home at
Balquhidder, 20 miles north of Loch
Rob Roy and his family grave is at a small
church in Balquhidder.
1803 - William Wordsworth and his sister
Dorothy visit Loch Katrine. His poem Stepping
Westward was about Loch Katrine.
1809 - the novelist Sir Walter Scott visits
the Trossachs and starts writing his famous
poem - The Lady of the
Lake, whilst visiting Loch Katrine.
1817 - Sir Walter Scott writes the novel
Works by Sir Walter Scott are said to have
increased visitors to Scotland
1853 - writer, naturalist and philosopher
John Ruskin and the artist John Millais visited
Loch Katrine. Millais painted his famous
portrait of Ruskin at
1859 - Queen Victoria opens the aqueduct and
tunnels built between Loch Katrine and Glasgow,
30 miles south, to supply the city with
Loch Katrine is about 390ft above sea level,
Glasgow centre only a few feet above sea
1899 - the coal fired Steamship Sir Walter
Scott is built in sections at Scott Denny,
William & Bros, at Dumbarton west of Glasgow.
The ship is 110ft long by 19ft wide.
The ship is then taken on barges up the
River Leven and through Loch Lomond to
Inversnaid on the east side of Loch Lomond. The
sections were then trailed by horse-drawn cart
for over 4 miles to Stronachlachar on Loch
Katrine west side.
1900 - the Steamship Sir Walter Scott begins
its service as a pleasure cruiser for tourists
visiting Loch Katrine.
1958 - the Glen Finglas water system was
completed linking Glen Finglas Reservoir and
1995 - the film Rob Roy is
released starring Liam Neeson.
2007 - the SS Sir Walter Scott is converted
to run on biodiesel fuel.
2008 - the ship named Lady of the Lake
starts operating on Loch Katrine alongside the
SS Sir Walter Scott.
The Lady of the Lake had previously ran
between Glasgow centre and Braehead Shopping
Centre, under the name Pride of the Clyde.
2018 - Echo Lodges were built close to the
Today - the SS Sir Walter Scott is licensed
to carry about 160 passengers. Before
restrictions, a few hundred passengers were
regularly taken at a time.