The finest Italian coffees at one of Scotland’s most beautiful lochs.
Home-made soups, cakes and scones in a unique new eatery.
In the heart of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. You can enjoy all this at the new Pier Cafe on Loch Katrine. The cafe is at historic Stronachlachar Pier in the heart of Rob Roy MacGregor country. The pier and loch are famous for their links with the steamship Sir Walter Scott that has been cruising these waters for well over a century. The steamer - named after the author who penned the tales of folk hero Rob Roy - calls at the pier seven days a week during the holiday season.
The first cafe to operate from the pier for more than 30 years. The Pier Cafe offers:
It has panaromic views of the loch - and is the perfect spot to watch the Sir Walter Scott sail along Loch Katrine and stop at the pier. The cafe, with plenty of parking space for visitors, is an ideal place for walkers, cyclists and motorists to relax.
From the A821 at Aberfoyle, take the B829 (signposted Inversnaid). Pass through Kinlochard. After 10 miles, turn right on to an unclassified to Stronachlachar.
Continue along this road for another half a mile and you will reach the cafe at Stronachlachar Pier. The journey from Aberfoyle takes about 25 to 30 minutes.
Explore the area on a bike. Rent one for 1, 2, 4 or 5 hours. Children’s and adult’s bikes available.
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Loch Katrine: Made famous by the real-life exploits of Rob Roy MacGregor, romanticised as a Highland hero by Sir Walter Scott.
Factor’s Island: Rob Roy held the Duke of Montrose’s Factor, Graham of Killearn for ransom here after a cruel attack on his wife and home.
Sir Walter Scott: The steamship that has been cruising these waters for more than a century. The vessel stops at the pier seven days a week in the holiday season.
Glengyle: Birthplace of Rob Roy, clan leader, cattle trader and rustler. Rich in history but sadly, the building today is an empty shell.
Royal Cottage: Built to coincide with the inauguration of Glasgow’s new water supply from Loch Katrine. Completed in October 1859, it was visited by Queen Victoria.
Trossachs Pier: Home of the Sir Walter Scott. A road to the pier from Stronachlachar provides one of Scotland’s most spectacular walks and cycling journeys.
Inversnaid: Pretty hamlet on eastern shore of Loch Lomond, with spectacular views to the Arrochar ‘Alps’. The West Highland Way passes through Inversnaid.
The Old Smiddy has recently been converted into a beautiful three bedroom cottage which sits on the water’s edge in an isolated corner of Loch Katrine, Stronachlachar, Loch Lomond and Trossachs Park.