|[Loch Katrine - view from Trossachs Pier]|
Loch Katrine is at the heart of the claim that the Trossachs are Scotland's answer to the English Lake District. Roughly eight miles long with about a dozen tiny islands, the loch is accessed for most via two consecutive road passes from Aberfoyle: the winding Duke's Pass followed by the insignificant Pass of Trossachs. This is a stunningly beautiful corner of the National Park - even just about worth the hefty parking tariffs! The SS Sir Walter Scott and Lady of the Lake connect touristy Trossachs Pier at the eastern end to quieter Stronachlachar on the west side: return trips are available, but cycling back along the northern shore is a great alternative. It doesn't sound so romantic after pointing out that the loch is actually a artificially-raised reservoir providing most of Glasgow's water supply, but the dam is hidden away on an isolated creek so you'd never otherwise guess.
📌 Loch Katrine ★★★★☆
Location: G.R.: NN 441096 ///fewer.brave.circle
Anything else? Car parks at Trossachs Pier (on a spur of the A821) in the east and Stronachlachar further west (off the B829). Parking at Trossachs Pier is particularly expensive for rural Scotland, but few nearby alternatives.
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|[Loch Katrine from the northeastern bank]|