Awarded 3 stars by Visit Scotland (the Scottish Tourist Board), our spacious and cosy traditional cottage is situated in the heart of the Trossachs with uninterrupted mountain and loch views. A real gem for anyone who likes walking, cycling, watersports or just relaxing.
Available to rent on a weekly basis (and for shorter stays too, by arrangement), the cottage is single storied with full central heating. It includes:
a newly refurbished bright and spacious kitchen/dining/sofa area
a comfy sitting room (with multi-fuel burning stove)
2 bedrooms - 1 with a double bed and 1 with two single beds
1 bathroom with separate shower and bath
a drying room
The occupants have the use of a full size garage and private parking space. They also have the security of knowing that Loch Dhu House is nearby in case of any problems.
The front and rear gardens are securely gated and fenced. The gate in the rear garden gives entry to a field which adjoins Loch Dhu. Cottage occupants have a single rod fishing licence included in the rental cost.
The beautiful natural backdrop of the Trossachs provides a multitude of activities to appeal to every taste, from gentle forest walks to hillwalking, climbing, mountain biking, horse riding, fishing, golfing, canoeing and other watersports.
There are myriad forest walks available, ranging from the short 2 mile excursion to Doon Hill, near Aberfoyle (the setting for a local fairy tale!) to the longer 12 mile walk from the Trossachs Pier to Stronachlacher (returning by steamer). Details of various walks can be found in the Trossachs Footprints Walks leaflets contained in the information box in the cottage, and a wider selection is available at the Aberfoyle Tourist Information Office.
For hillwalking enthusiasts there are a selection of Munros (Scotland's mountains of 3000ft & over) in the area, as well as other hills:
Ben A'an(461m - footpath from A821, north of Loch Achray)
Ben Venue (727m - accessible from behind Loch Achray Hotel near Trossachs Pier, or Glen Ledard from Kinlochard)
Ben Ledi (879m -footpath from A84, 2.5 miles from Callander)
Ben Lomond(974m - footpath from Rowardennan on east side of Loch Lomond)
Ben More & Stob Binnein (1174m & 1165m - from A85 close to Crianlarich)
Ben Vorlich & Stuc a'Chroin (985m & 975M - from Ardvorlich on south side of Loch Earn)
Stron Lochie (501m - the hill on the other side of Loch Dhu! - no path, and requires a bit of scrambling through undergrowth & trees!)
Beinn Dubh (511m - follow the signs for Comer farm and turn right off the track at Stronmacnair, a ruined farmhouse).
Of course, it should be remembered that hillwalking requires a good map & navigation skills, correct clothing & footwear and checking of the relevant weather forecasts.
CYCLING & MOUNTAIN BIKING
The Queen Elizabeth Forest Park with its many tracks provides lots of cycling possibilities - cycling part way round Loch Katrine, and Achray Forest Drive are 2 good routes. More details from Aberfoyle Tourist Information Office. There are many tens of kilometres of Forest tracks starting right outside the cottage.
Forest Hills Watersports, Kinlochard - Kinlochard - Trossachs Cycles,Trossachs Holiday Park, 3 miles south of Aberfoyle on A81 - Wheels Cycle Hire, Invertrossachs Road, Callander - Katrinewheelz, Trossachs Pier
Aberfoyle Golf Club - 18 hole public course. . Also courses at Callander, Loch Lomond (Scottish Open Course) & Milngavie.
Forest Hills Watersports on the banks of Loch Ard (2 miles from the cottage) offers a range of ’wet’ and ’dry’ activities that can be combined or enjoyed individually. Watersports of all types are available as well as a comprehensive range of courses with instruction.
What an amazing place! We had a wonderful few days here with lots of walking and exploring. We tried the butcher, as suggested, a few times - so good !
For sure we will be back.
Anja, Andreas and Matthias
Loch Dhu Cottage was a joyful experience throughout every step of the process: finding it, booking it and - finally - experiencing it. The booking manager, Judith was so helpful and gracious. The entire reservation process was so professional and pleasant!
The cottage is BEAUTIFUL - sitting well back from the road, it is part of a larger complex including the private Loch Dhu House. You'd be hard pressed to find better views over a morning coffee anywhere. Very well equipped - electric tea kettle, coffee maker, dishware and most importantly some leftover "stock" as in salt/pepper, spices - a real plus when you are trying to cook without buying to supply an entire pantry. The beds were really comfortable, the living room was cozy - perfect for watching the BCC (Cottage comes with a basic satellite package) The on-site manager, Gareth was pleasant and very prompt when we had a glitch with the TV and took care of it quickly. The week we stayed just flew by and we loved every minute of it.
The cottage is only a few miles outside of Aberfoyle, which is a truly charming town in the Trossachs with a lot to offer anyone who wanted to experience the region and all things Scottish! However, be prepared to drive some very narrow and not in great shape roads to get there, and understand that what looks like a 5 minute drive doesn't equate in reality. You cannot speed when you are on a road that is at best a lane and 1/2 and around blind turns, hills and between lochs and rocks!
There are a few things that I'll make note of: The turn back to the cottage is not well marked at all. I honestly thought it was a logging road when we first went back. There was also a lot of clear cut lumber area which we hadn't known about - but overall didn't cause problems. There is NO cell phone service that we could get - even climbing up the path to the back road and up to the top of the hill. So we communicated in town. The cottage information should also be updated a bit - the "DVD/Video rental" mentioned has not existed for many years, according to the townspeople we asked. But with the TV package - no real issue. Finally - having a small box of laundry soap on site for guests would be a great addition. We had dishwasher tabs, but ended up buying a regular container of laundry tabs, the balance of which we left for the next guest. Hope they enjoyed their stay as much as us!
Don't miss: Wee Blevin Tea shop, Forth Inn, Wool Center, Doune Hill walk.
Thank you for a lovely place to stay!
After our trips it was always great to be here again and to sit in front of the fireplace all evening.
We walked to the top of Ben Lomond and Ben Venue, drove to Glen Coe, visited Glengoyne distillery. An amazing week!
We wish you the very best.
PS: Mum is a great fan of the pictures of the house and also the view out of the kitchen!
Although we had some difficulties finding the cottage (the sign to Loch Du House could be a bit bigger ;o)) we were pleasantly surprised about the size of the cottage. It was all nicely refurbished recently and we fell in love with it and its views straight away. The shower has been the best we had in our 2 week travel through Scotland :o). The cottage is located very well to do all sorts of day trips: going on a boat trip on one of the lakes, going for walks, climbing the ben A'an (very recommendable), visiting the Glengoyne distillery, etc. There is plenty of tourist information present in the cottage regarding activities to fill your days. It's also very positive that there is no mobile reception nor internet so you can't be disturbed at all. We will definately return one day! The only downside was the absence of a dryer (being with a new born, you need to do a lot of washing and the wash doesn't dry as well but that's just a minor thing, the views and the cottage itself make up for it :o)).
Wow, this cottage is much bigger than it appears on the pictures. The view on the Loch Dhu and the hills around ist wonderfull. Unlucky, we had real cold weather with outside temperatures around 13 C. the first days and the heating in the cottage did not make possible to get more than 17 - 18 C during the day. We bought a lot wood for the romantic stove fire in the living room.
The setting is wonderful. The road (track) to the cottage has been graded since we were there. Also, heat in cottage has been fixed. Very comfortable sitting room with woodstove which we used each evening. Bedrooms were fine and kitchen was modern and well supplied. Little restaurant in nearby village was great. Also, pub in Aberfoyle had good internet access. Shopping in Aberfoyle was nice. Easy access to sights in the area. Road from nearby village was small and had many curves. Watch out for tour busses! Had a good week.
This was our 7th visit to Scotland (different regions each time) and we were lucky enough to see Loch Dhu Cottage on the internet. What a great find!! This cottage was well equipped, quiet, comfortable and in such a lovely setting. It was so nice to come "home" after a day of hiking in the David Marshall Centre, sit outside and watch the herons & geese with their newly hatched goslings gliding along on the nearby loch. This location was away from the crowds but close to many great hiking trails. We we lucky enough to view red squirrels and many species of birds in the hide at David Marshall. The hillsides were full of bluebells and the trails were full of primrose & woodland orchids.
Loch Dhu Cottage will be in our "trip planning" file & we hope that we will be able to return in the near future. Thanks for the wonderful "home away from home."
Loch Dhu Cottage is located 2 miles from Kinlochard (7 miles from Aberfoyle) on the B829 from Aberfoyle to Inversnaid. It is easily accessed from both Glasgow & Edinburgh, with journey times from both airports being about 75 minutes....
LOCAL PLACES TO VISIT
Continuing north on the B829 road from Kinlochard travel past Loch Chon on the left, with its attractive picnic spots and, taking the right hand turn at first T-junction you reach, the road narrows and heads down to Stronachlacher on the west shores of Loch Katrine.
Turning left at the T-junction, travel towards Inversnaid. The wild landscape around Loch Arklet, framed by the craggy peaks of the Arrochar Alps, suddenly drops down to the shores of east shores of Loch Lomond (the largest body of natural freshwater in the UK). The road descends steeply for 300ft to reach Inversnaid, with its beautiful waterfall & rock pools.
ABERFOYLE (7 miles)
Green Gallery - has 7-8 exhibitions each year from both established artists & craftsmen, and new graduates. Paintings & craft items for sale.
Scottish Wool Centre - tells the story of Scottish Wool, weaving exhibitions, sheepdog demos with ducks & sheep, various shows, clothing, gifts & local foods for sale, coffee shop.
Queen Elizabeth Forest Park Visitor Centre (David Marshall Lodge) - includes exhibitions introducing the Forest Park, shop, restaurant & picnic site. On A821, 1 mile north of Aberfoyle.
SPFA World of Football Museum - football memorabilia.
INVERSNAID RSPB NATURE RESERVE (8 miles)
You can explore the reserve by walking along the West Highland Way on the shores of Loch Lomond from the Inversnaid Hotel, or by taking the nature trail up through the woods to spectacular viewpoints on the woodland edge.
LAKE OF MENTEITH (11 miles)
This is Scotland's only Lake (rather than Loch , apparently due to the misunderstanding of an early mapmaker!). You'll find picnic areas along the picturesque eastern shore, look out for aquatic plants & wildfowl. Beautiful Inchmahome Priory, which briefly housed Mary Queen of Scots, sits on an island reached by motorboat from a carpark on the B8034, just south of Port of Menteith. Open April to end of September.
TROSSACH'S PIER (A821 from Aberfoyle - 11 miles)
Visit the centre, souvenir shop with restaurant and bike-hire or enjoy a walk or cycle along the east side of Loch Katrine with wonderful views of Ben Venue. The Sir Walter Scott steamship runs tourist cruises on the Loch from Easter to October.
CALLANDER (17 miles)
Rob Roy & Trossachs Visitor Centre - includes exhibitions & film on the notorious & colourful character, Rob Roy MacGregor. Open daily Mar-Dec, and weekends only Jan & Feb.
Kilmahog & Trossachs Woollen Mills - at Kilmahog, 1 mile north of Callander on A84, includes a working water wheel & weaving shed. Large mill shops and coffee shop. Also visit Hamish, the friendly resident Highland Cow!
Falls of Leny - A84, 2 miles north of Callander - the turbulent waters of the Garbh Uisge constrained by the narrow Pass of Leny. Haunt of dippers & grey wagtails.
Bracklinn Falls - off Bracklinn Road, Callander. 0.75 mile walk from carpark to stepped falls in impressive wooded gorge.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
All heating, bed linen and towels are supplied. Most standard kitchen utensils, and a limited supply of all normal consumables such as toilet rolls and soap.
Sorry, we do not accept dogs (guide dogs will always be accepted).
Please note that, due to the surrounding mountains, there is no mobile reception in the cottage, however a good signal can be found 5 minutes walk up the track.
RATES are all-inclusive. You can arrive/depart on any day of the week.
PAYMENTS are accepted by bank transfer in pounds sterling (or equivalent in euros) OR by credit card via PayPal for which we charge an additional 3%. A 30% deposit must be paid at the time of booking; the balance is due 30 days prior to arrival. If you book within 30 days of arrival full payment is requested.