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. The Pier Café is open from 10am seven days a week from March to October.
The Pier Cafe offers:
• Fantastic Lunch Menu;
• Free wi-fi;
• The finest Italian coffees;
• Home-made soups;
• Home-made cakes and scones;
• Teas - and a choice of cold drinks, snacks and ice-creams;
It has panaromic views of the loch - and is the perfect spot to watch the Sir Walter Scott and The Lady of the Lake stop at the pier.
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.
As you travel, the tales and legends of the loch will be narrated by a member of the ship’s crew, and you will be struck by the beauty of the landscape, the very scenery which captured the imagination of Sir Walter Scott, inspiring him to write his poem “The Lady of the Lake”.
On-board amenities include comfortable saloons, toilet facilities, and a kiosk, selling gifts, souvenirs and refreshments, including hot and cold drinks.
We have arranged a 20% discount for a scheduled sail on Loch Katrine for all our Guests. Please complete the following form or click on the log to the right.
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!
Rent your bike for 1 or 2 hours - for a half day (4hrs) or a full day (8hrs).
• Children’s and Adults Bikes
• Tandems and Trailers (2 wheels/2 seats)
• Tag-a-longs (1 wheel/1 seat) - for use with adult bikes
• Electric Bikes and Electric Buggies
Loch Ard is only 4 miles from Aberfoyle on the B829 to Inversnaid and Stronachlachar. The loch is in three parts which are joined by beautifull waterways. The Loch is fresh water, and acts as the source of the River Forth.
Pike perch, brown trout can be fished for from 15th March till 6th October.
Loch Ard has quite a reputation for catching large pike and holds the current course fish record for Perch caught in Scotland (in 1989 J Walker caught a 4lb 14oz (2.210kg) perch).
Fishing is allowed by permit from boats or bank. All are available to hire from Go Country on Loch Ard (Tel: 01877 387750) or from the following:
James Bayne Fishing Shop (Tel: 01877 330218); Ledard Farm (Tel: 01877 387219); David Marshall Lodge Aberfoyle (Tel: 01877 382258); Post Office Aberfoyle (Tel: 01877 382231).
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.
If you would like to walk further afield, the Trossachs are often referred to as the Highlands in miniature. The hills have become known and loved by thousands. Local walks are shown oposite.
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.
The sculptures were commissioned by Scottish Enterprise and Forestry Commission Scotland with a brief to create representations of animals and birds as part of the natural food chain in the forest.
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.
These activities range from weekly yoga classes, yoga workshops and short retreats, accompanied running or walking sessions followed by 1:1 or small group yoga, individual Thai Yoga Massage.
Ledard is a historical working hill farm on the shores of Loch Ard near Aberfoyle in the Trossachs. They provide an exclusive venue for Corporate Hospitality, Clay Pigeon Shooting, Indoor Rifle Range, Scottish Historical presentations and Traditional Ceilidh music nights.
• MacGregor’s Barn and Bar
• Food and Accommodation available
• Indoor Rifle Range
• Historical presentations
• Corporate and team events
• Traditional Ceilidh music and entertainment
• Day Tour: Lomond and The Trossachs National Park
• Day Tour: City by Night & Country by Day
• Clay Pigeon Shooting
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.
Activities are provided under sessions supervised by qualified instructors or you could hire equipment for mountain biking, canoeing and fishing and go it alone. They also provide customised days and longer programmes for groups of all types including those for kids, mini highland games, camp outs, island treasure hunts, birthday parties and for corporate and social groups, a range of team building and activity days.
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.
In the soothing world of our tranquil spa, relax with a choice of luxury treatments and therapies. Fully-trained consultants will pamper you with feel-good massages, facials and manicures. Spa treatments include: Decleor Facial Treatments, Body Treamtments, Alternative Therapies, Jessica Spa, The Smooth Touch, Make Over.
We have secured a discounted daily membership at the Forest Hills Leisure Club & Spa for guests staying at Stronachlachar Lodge. The pass gives you access to the gym and swimming pool.
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.
We have secured a 10% discount for our guests. Please complete the following form or click on the log to the right.
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. Various tours are avialable including:
- Glengoyne Tour & Wee Tasting Tour;
- Tasting Tour;
- Whisky & Chocolate Matching Tour;
- Tours for the Whisky Connoiseurs:
We have secured a 10% discount off any scheduled tour at Glengoyle. Please complete the following form or click on the log to the right.
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.
We have secured a 25% discount for our guests. Please complete the following form or click on the log to the right.