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Loch Dhu Cottage, newly restored in the Trossachs 7 miles to Aberfoyle

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,076 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

2 bedrooms, stunning views, central heating, multi-fuel stove, lochside location

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.


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.

Bicycle Hire:

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.

More Details

Property Manager
Judith, Loch Dhu Cottage
Member since: 2005
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
19 September, 2017

Guestbook comments from the manager

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

from Dusseldorf
May 2016
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Callander in Stirling

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1076 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Parking Off Street
  • Tiled Stove
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
  • The bathroom has a heated towel rail.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • A weekly supply of bedlinen is supplied, to include duvets + cover, pillows + pillowslips, fitted bottom sheet and mattress cover. Each guest is supplied with a hand and bath towel. A hairdryer is also provided.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Television
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • 4 garden chairs
  • limited accessibility
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • autumn foliage
  • forests
  • pond
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • sailing
  • swimming
There is a single rod licence for Loch Dhu. Please note that, due to the surrounding mountains, there is no mobile reception in the cottage, however you are able to get a good signal 5 minutes walk up the track past the cottage.


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Loch Dhu Cottage, newly restored in the Trossachs 7 miles to Aberfoyle
average rating of 4.7619047 based on 35 reviews

Lovely Cottage in great and quiet area

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our vacation in the very nice cottage near loch dhu so much.

A big recommendation from our side!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 9, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Rainer and family, for your comments. We're very happy that you enjoyed your stay! Best wishes to you all from Judith, Gareth and Fiona.
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Very nice cottage with a stunning view

  • 5 of 5

The location of the cottage was kond of remote but due to the perfect description it wasn't hard to find.

One has a stunning view from the kitchen/garden ove Loch Dhu and the hills around the house.

The house is well equipped and everything is as described.

To sum it up, it was the perfect start for our first visit in Scotland.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 9, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Dhu cottage scotland

  • 5 of 5

It was a lovely little cottage with beautiful suroundings and very spacious we really enjoy our stay there

  • Review Submitted: Jun 26, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you. So glad you enjoyed yourselves. You've asked if we will offer you a discount for a return visit and the answer is YES! Best wishes to you and the family, Judith
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Irish living in London

Spacious, homely, very comfortable beds, superb view of lake, highly recommend

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful surprise when we reached Loch Dhu Cottage. It is a gorgeous spacious well equipped house located beside a delightful lake. We enjoyed a guest on the lawn - a duck from Loch Dhu lake enjoying some eats in the evening. The many birds in the garden entertained us singing and enjoying the food left out for them. The house is much bigger than anticipated. There is no Wifi but who needs Wifi when you're in Loch Lomond enjoying the wonderful walks and scenery and just chilling out away from city life. The wood burner is a treat and so easy to operate. Great kitchen. Gorgeous comfortable beds - a joy at the end of the day

The area is wonderful - Aberfoyle has the best deli/butchers opposite the tourist info centre - a must for foodies.

Judith, who manages the property, was so helpful and was ultra quick to respond to queries pre booking.

We would highly recommend Loch Dhu cottage and would definitely stay there again.

Do visit the Woolen Mills in Aberfoyle where you can enjoy the best 'alternative' sheep/duck trials.

Stirling Castle a must. Wish we had more time. Thank you. 10/10 N Culleton/ A Hogan June 2017

  • Review Submitted: Jun 12, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, N & A, for this super review. Your enthusiasm for the cottage and area is positively infectious! We're very happy you had such a great time. And, as they say in Scotland, haste ye back! Best wishes, Judith
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A beautiful cottage in a truly stunning location

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from a fabulous Easter break at the beautiful Loch Dhu Cottage.

We arrived late in the evening and so could not appreciate the cottage's location upon first arrival. We were however greeted with warmth and surprise as the photos just do not do this place justice.

Waking in the morning we were able to appreciate the cottages location for the first time.. mountains, greenery, wildlife and your own loch.. what more could we ask for?!

The location is brilliant. We were familiar with the area having visited nearby as part of a previous trip. It certainly did not disappoint.

To top it off we had a lovely home cooked Easter meal which was helped by a lovely lady in the nearby The Tea Pot cottage who was able to save us when we ran low on flour!

We will most definitely be returning to Loch Dhu Cottage and would highly recommend.

Thank you

Claire, Alex, Greg & Misha

  • Review Submitted: Apr 17, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Our first comments of the 2017 season! Thank you for waxing so lyrical about the cottage and its surroundings and for taking the time to do so. We are very happy to hear you enjoyed your stay to the full. Yes, do come back when you can!
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Once found, you'll love it!

  • 4 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for writing so many useful and appreciative comments. You had horrible weather throughout your stay so we're particularly pleased you both enjoyed yourselves nonetheless. In response to the things you have noted; the signpost to Loch Dhu House is small and not very prominent because we treasure being "off the beaten track" in peace and quiet. I will update the directions to make sure everyone knows that the final 500 yards or so are on a well maintained track rather than a tarmac road. As you discovered, a large amount of forest nearby has recently been felled and this gives the cottage more light in the spring/autumn and a much more open outlook. I have updated and tidied up the welcome information book which was much needed and we'll supply some laundry detergent in future.
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Nearest Airport
39 Miles
Glasgow International Airport
Nearest Barpub
7 Miles
Various in Aberfoyle
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Aberfoyle Golf Club
Nearest Train
26 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Various in Aberfoyle
Nearest Beach
20 Miles
Loch Lomond
Car: necessary

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....


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.


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.


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.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Callander, United Kingdom

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
2 Sep 2017 - 6 Nov 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

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.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
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