Katrine is situated 6 miles northeast of
Aberfoyle, reached via the really steep hill
road that passes The Lodge. This road is second
gear much of the way with hairpin bends. One of
the top tourist roads in Scotland.
Loch Katrine is popular for boat trips and
its cycle lane alongside the loch, also with a
cycle hire shop. You can take one of a few
trips, including bike out and boat back.
This is the area where Rob Roy the
famous early 1700s Scottish outlaw was born and
The hill road then leads 10 miles from Loch
Katrine to Callander, another popular village
in the Trossachs area.
Aberfoyle history begins as a small village
built around slate mining with a number of
quarries in the area.
1803 - William Wordsworth wrote the poem
Grave, about a Scottish outlaw from the
area in the early 1700s.
1809 - Sir Walter Scott visits the Loch
Katrine and produces the poem - The Lady of the
Lake, about three men trying to win the
affections of a woman in the area.
1817 - Sir Walter Scott published the novel
leading to more interest in the area.
1882 - the Railway reached Aberfoyle,
increasing visitor numbers.
1995 the film Rob Roy
starring Liam Neeson is released.
2002 - the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National
Park is opened covering about 700 square miles,
with the Trossachs section around Aberfoyle,
Lock Katrine and Callander. See the Click on
Map at the top of the page for the area top
attractions and mountains.