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Autumn colours in The Trossachs at Loch Katrine
Autumn colours in The Trossachs at Loch Katrine

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Route No. 644 - Wednesday 19 October 2016
Loch Katrine, ferry pier car park,
way-marked "green" route - 11km
Loch Lomond & The Trossachs . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer OL46 The Trossachs

Note: The Scottish Outdoor Access Code applies


Pay & Display car park at the Trossachs ferry pier
'Pay & Display' car park at the Trossachs ferry pier

Leaving the car park along the road around Loch Katrine
Leaving the car park along the road around Loch Katrine

The road around the loch
The road around the loch

Autumn colours across the loch
Autumn colours across the loch

There are toilets and a cafe/restaurant there too. From the car park we set off northwards following the access road around the eastern shore of the loch. It was a bright sunny morning and the autumn colours in the trees were absolutely stunning, particularly on Ellen's Island in the loch.

My wife and I are invited to a friend's wedding in Falkirk on Friday so we decided to have a week in a holiday cottage in the week before the wedding. Today we drove to the ferry pier car park at the southern end of Loch Katrine, map ref.NN 495 072. It's a 'Pay & Display' car park, £5.00 for all day.

The Sir Walter Scott steam ferry moored at the pier
The Sir Walter Scott steam ferry moored at the pier

Looking across the loch to Ben Venue
Looking across the loch to Ben Venue

Autumn colours across the loch
Autumn colours across the loch

Autumn colours on Ellen's Isle with Ben Venue behind
Autumn colours on Ellen's Isle with Ben Venue behind

Approaching a land slip along the road
Approaching a land slip along the road

Road sign on a bridge across a burn
Road sign on a bridge across a burn

Continuing along the road around Loch Katrine
Continuing along the road around Loch Katrine

After about 3km from the car park we reached Brenachoile Point with a lovely view along the loch to the peaks at the western end of Loch Katrine.

We continued along the road around the edge of the loch and passed through a deer fence with a grid in the road. Further on there had been a land slip where the bank below the road had slipped into the loch taking part of the road with it.

The landslip left a sheer drop from the broken road edge
The land slip left a sheer drop from the broken road edge

Continuing along the road around Loch Katrine
Continuing along the road around Loch Katrine

One of several Fly Agaric fungi at Brenachoile Point
One of several Fly Agaric fungi at Brenachoile Point

The view along Loch Katrine from Brenachoile
The view along Loch Katrine from Brenachoile Point

Looking along Loch Katrine from Brenachoile Point
Looking along Loch Katrine from Brenachoile Point

Nearing a deer grid across the road
Nearing a deer grid across the road

Bridge over a burn shortly before our turn to the right
Bridge over a burn shortly before our turn to the right

In the trees above the road on our right was Brenachoile Lodge and about 250m further on, just beyond a bridge, with white painted railings on the parapets, over a small burn, the way-mark posts indicated a turning to the right off the road. There is no path or track marked here on my OS Explorer map but it is a wide well made track with a firm stony base and grassy surface.

At Brenachoile Point the way-marked 'red' route (6km) returns to the car park along the road. We continued along the road following the way-marks for the 'green' route. After about 400m we passed through another deer grid in the road and after another 200m there was a pier into the loch with a stone boat house at the end.

Continuing along the road from Brenachoile Point
Continuing along the road from Brenachoile Point

Pier & boat house in the loch below the road
Pier & boat house in the loch below the road

Way mark post at our turn off the road to the right
Way mark post at our turn off the road to the right

Track climbing up the hillside from the road
Track climbing up the hillside from the road

Old Man's Beard lichen on dead branches by the track
Old Man's Beard, Usnea, lichen on dead branches by the track

A warm climb & the anorak was returned to the rucsac
A warm climb & the anorak was returned to the rucsac

Continuing along the zig-zag track up the hillside
Continuing along the zig-zag track up the hillside

Part way up the climb we again crossed the deer fence and after around 1km from the road, just below the 300m contour at map ref.NN 478 105 we reached a track making its way around the hillside.

Initially the track headed straight up the hillside, then we followed this well made track as it zig-zagged making a more gentle gradient up the steep hillside.

The track zig-zagged up the hillside
The track zig-zagged up the hillside

Gate in the deer fence across the track
Gate in the deer fence across the track

Continuing along the zig-zag track up the hillside
Continuing along the zig-zag track up the hillside

Admiring the view over Loch Katrine from the track near the top of the climb
Admiring the view over Loch Katrine from the track near the top of the climb

View along the loch towards The Trossachs ferry pier
View along the loch towards The Trossachs ferry pier

Another look at the view along the loch
Another look at the view along the loch

The pier & boat house below Brenachoile Lodge
The pier & boat house below Brenachoile Lodge

The clear track was easy to follow and there were reassuring way mark posts too. About 2km along this high level track around the hillside there were some large logs just off the track where we stopped for our lunch with a fine view along the loch.

The track here is marked on my OS Explorer map and we followed it heading south east around the hillside with lovely views over Loch Katrine. At one point there was a clear view back down to the pier and boat house that we had passed earlier on the loch side below Brenachoile Lodge.

Following the track around the hillside
Following the track around the hillside

Following the track around the hillside
Following the track around the hillside

Continuing along the track around the hillside
Continuing along the track around the hillside

The way-marked track slowly dropping down the hillside
The way-marked track slowly dropping down the hillside

Looking down towards The Trossachs ferry pier
Looking down towards The Trossachs ferry pier

A bit cooler on the descent so out with the anorak
A bit cooler on the descent so out with the anorak

The steam ferry 'Sir Walter Scot' heading back to the ferry pier
The steam ferry 'Sir Walter Scot' heading back to the ferry pier

The track began to descend more steeply and zig-zagged down the little valley of the Tormaid Burn to the road at map ref.NN 491 085.

After our break we continued along the way-marked track now starting gradually to drop down the hillside. On the loch below us the old steam ferry, 'Sir Walter Scot' was making its way back to the ferry pier from the afternoon sight seeing cruise.

Following the track dropping down towards the road
Following the track dropping down towards the road

Continuing along the track towards the road
Continuing along the track towards the road

View along the loch as the track headed for the road
View along the loch as the track headed for the road

Dropping down the little valley of the Tormaid Burn to the road at map ref. NN 491 085
Dropping down the little valley of the Tormaid Burn to the road at map ref. NN 491 085

Passing the land slip on our way back to the car park
Passing the land slip on our way back to the car park

The whole route had been about 11km and it had taken us four hours to walk including our short lunch break and numerous short photo stops.

From here we turned left to walk along the road passing the land slip we had seen on our outward route. We continued along the road back through the deer fence and returned to the car park at the ferry pier.

Passing a deer grid on our way back to the car park
Passing a deer grid on our way back to the car park

Back at the car park and the end of our walk along the green way-marked route from The Trossachs ferry pier
Back at the car park and the end of our walk along the green way-marked route from The Trossachs ferry pier

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