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Loch Katrine

A picturesque loch set in the centre of Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, fictionalised in Sir Walter Scott's 'The Lady of the Lake.'

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Loch Katrine is the heart of the Trossachs, in place and spirit. This 13km long fresh water loch is the crowing jewel in an area of breathtaking natural beauty. It has its place in Scottish folklore, too: the name Loch Katrine comes from the Gaelic word ceathairne meaning cattle thief, which of course refers to the nation’s favourite outlaw, Rob Roy MacGregor.


Between April and October, two boats run from the Trossachs Pier on the eastern bank of Loch Katrine. One of the boats is the historic SS Sir Walter Scott — time your trip to take this steamer out and then enjoy the picturesque walk back along the side of the Loch. Other outdoors activities include two nearby hikes to the rugged Ben A’an or Ben Venue, and also fly fishing for trout, which is permitted on the Loch from spring to autumn.


Pure inspiration

Sir Walter Scott got his own steamship by virtue of his famous poem ‘The Lady of the Lake’, which was inspired by the beauty of Loch Katrine. He wasn’t alone: English romantic poets including Samuel Coleridge and Williams Wordsworth also fell under its spell.


The Scottish Robin Hood

Rob Roy was born at Glengyle, at the head of Loch Katrine. At the age of eighteen he and his father joined the Jacobite rising led by Viscount ‘Bonnie’ Dundee to support the Stuart King James II. It ended badly for the Gregor clan, with the chief in prison and his wife dead.


Versions of events differ thereafter, but Rob Roy was branded an outlaw for defaulting on loans and subsequently waged a private blood feud against the Duke of Montrose. Imprisoned in 1722, he was pardoned by popular demand after he became a legend in his own lifetime due to various fictionalised accounts of his life — which must have felt like a rather surreal stroke of luck.

Nearby Attractions

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Stirling Castle
Looming grandly from the crag of Castle Hill, Stirling Castle is one of the Scotland's most important and impressive castles.
Wallace Monument
This Victorian Gothic tower commemorates William Wallace, the 13th-century hero who fought for Scottish independence.
The Trossachs National Park
The Trossachs and Loch Lomond National Park is known for its beautiful lochs, flora and fauna, woodland parks and beaches.
Queen Elizabeth Forest Park
Escape to a wild Scottish landscape of mountains, moorlands, forests, rivers and lochs.
Loch Lomond
Situated in the heart of the Trossachs National Park, Loch Lomond is one of Scotland's fresh water lochs and is dotted with tiny islands.
Culross
Culross is a village and former royal burgh, and parish, in Fife, and one of Scotland's most picturesque villages, often used as a film and television location.

Related Tours

Private Excursion to the Highlands
This full-day excursion will take you away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre, to the medieval city of Stirling and natural beauty of the Trossachs and Loch Lomond National Park.

  • Enjoy a scenic drive to the medieval city of Stirling 
  • Visit the magnificent Stirling Castle, which overlooks the city of Sterling
  • Learn about  the key moments of Scotland's long and bloody history, as well as renown characters including Mary Queen of Scots and William Wallace 
  • Stop for a traditional Scottish lunch at Stirling (not included in price) 
  • Snap pictures of Scotland's finest natural beauties, the Trossachs and Loch Lomond National Park
  • Take a stroll near Loch Katrine, which inspired many great literary figures 
  • Stroll through Aberfoyle, an impressive forest park with stunning waterfalls
  • Enjoy a drive back to Edinburgh 
Stirling - the Spirit of Scotland

Leaving Edinburgh, your tour will begin with a scenic drive to the medieval city of Stirling, where you will be visiting the magnificent Stirling Castle. Overlooking the ancient city of Stirling, the castle is one of the most iconic historic buildings of Scotland and has come to symbolize the spirit of this great nation.

During your visit to the castle you will learn about the key moments of Scotland’s long, violent and bloody history. You will hear stories of the fascinating characters who called Stirling Castle their home, including of Mary Queen of Scots, William Wallace, Robert the Bruce, and Bonnie Prince Charlie. You will also have the chance of exploring picturesque Stirling town, where you will have the pleasure of sampling some traditional Scottish fare.

The Scottish Highlands in Miniature

You will then proceed towards one of the most scenic areas in Scotland, the Trossachs and Loch Lomond National Park, also known as ‘the Scottish Highlands in Miniature’, for it offers such a splendid view over myriad gorgeous lochs, untamed mountains and wonderful forests. You will be making several stops at various scenic locations, to ensure that you get to enjoy the absolute best of the beautiful Trossachs. 

You will have the pleasure of taking a stroll near Loch Katrine, one of the most beautiful in all of Scotland. Set in the centre of Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, Loch Katrine is said to of inspired great literary figures, including Sir Walter Scott who wrote his famed poem Lady of the Lake in 1810 after visiting Loch Katrine. One last treat will be a stop at Aberfoyle where you will explore the impressive forest park, complete with stunning waterfall and scenic views over the famous Scottish highlands. 
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