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

Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Space 1,076 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 - 5 nights

Overview

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.

ACTIVITIES

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.

WALKING

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.

HILLWALKING

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.

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

GOLF

Aberfoyle Golf Club - 18 hole public course. . Also courses at Callander, Loch Lomond (Scottish Open Course) & Milngavie.

WATERSPORTS

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:
100%
Calendar last updated:
December 10, 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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Amenities

Callander Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1076 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Max. adults: 5
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • 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
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
  • The bathroom has a heated towel rail.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • 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.
Entertainment:
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Television
Outside:
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 4 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • limited accessibility
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • forests
  • pond
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback 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
Notes:
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.

Reviews

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Loch Dhu Cottage, newly restored in the Trossachs 7 miles to Aberfoyle
average rating of 4.8 based on 39 reviews
5

Quaint cottage

  • 5 of 5

A well equipped cottage. No wifi or mobile signal- a real getaway from busy life. Loved it. Second time we have visited

  • Submitted: Oct 28, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Yes, so many of our guests have appreciated the real getaway from busy life but few express it as such. Thanks for coming back for more of the same!
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5

The perfect getaway

  • 5 of 5

We have had a lovely time staying at Loch Dhu cottage - our week away was ultimately intended as a photography trip, exploring a fabulously beautiful part of the world.. and whilst the weather tried pretty hard to scupper our plans (it was grey and wet for the majority of our time), we enjoyed ourselves immensely.

The cottage itself is great - far bigger than we were expecting, yet still cosy and welcoming. Its surroundings are stunning and waking up to the view out of the window in the morning was a treat.

One slight drawback to the location was that any visits to more northern parts of Scotland required quite a long round trip via Callander or Ballach - our day in Glencoe was fabulous and exhausting in equal measure - however the more local landmarks were equally worth visiting and far easier to get to. The cafe on the pier in Stronachlachar is great for a cup of tea overlooking Loch Katrine and the falls at Inversnaid are utterly spectacular.

The lack of wifi at the cottage was both a blessing and a curse - it's been quite some time since I've been able to completely switch off from hectic work life for that long a period and it was a joy.. though it would definitely have been handy to be able to look up places to visit on Google Maps and what have you. You can certainly make do though.

All in all, we have thoroughly enjoyed our stay - we had to peel ourselves away at the end of the week and could easily have stayed far longer. Given the opportunity, we will be returning for sure - there's so much left to explore!

Best wishes,

Tom & Sophie

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: A super review - it paints the picture of pros and cons perfectly! Sometimes we forget that a total immersion into nature at its best and most beautiful, without internet but with comfort and warmth, is priceless. Thank you, Tom and Sophie, and let's hope the sun shines more for your next visit.
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Lovely spacious cottage with amazing views!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay in this lovely cottage, it is surprisingly spacious and the view over the loch is amazing. The cottage had everything we needed. It was a perfect place for a relaxing getaway set between two stunning national parks. We would highly recommend this for a relaxing break or as a base to explore, as there are plenty of things to do and see in the area.

We can personally recommend the Butchers in Aberfoyle especially the haggis! and the red squirrels in the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park are a must see.

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a lovely, enthusiastic review! In ate September and October the autumn colours can make the Trossachs area magically beautiful. The Aberfoyle Butcher has the best of Scottish meat and if you like haggis, look no further. So glad you both enjoyed your stay and thanks for letting us know. Judith
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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!

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2017
  • Stayed: September 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.

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2017
  • Stayed: 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

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2017
  • Stayed: June 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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Map

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
Stirling
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....

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.

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

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 if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.