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Invertrossachs Cabin with Loch Venachar in shot

Invertrossachs is a district-run campsite approximately 7 km from Callander. It is located in the grounds of Invertrossachs Estate on the south shore of Loch Venachar, within the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park (O.S. sheet 57, MR 578 049). The Trossachs is also Clan MacGregor country and, in days long gone, home of one of Scotland's most famous highland rogues, Rob Roy MacGregor.

The site consists of 3 camping areas and mature woodland on the south side of the estate road, with a cabin, boatsheds, toilets, shower block, activity/games area and car park on the north side of the road. Each campsite can accommodate several patrols.

There is no resident warden on site.

Getting there: The site is reached from Callander town centre by taking the A81 Glasgow road then, at a mini-roundabout, bearing right on a minor road signposted Invertrossachs. The road beyond the junction at Gartchonzie Bridge is a single track ‘No Through Road’, and is public as far as the estate lodge gates. Proceed along the private road carefully for approximately 2 km.

The exact location is pinpointed here on google maps. The PostCode FK17 8HG for SatNav identifies the cottages of the tiny village of Invertrossachs which is another 2km along the loch-side road.

Please note that the road from Callander is unsuitable for coaches or large trucks.

ACCOMMODATION

The cabin comprises a main room (8.0m x 5.5m), kitchen, and large entrance porch with drying and storage areas. The cabin is primarily for day use, but may be used for emergency shelter overnight in exceptional circumstances (i.e. high winds, tents washed out).

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There is electric heating and lighting, a fridge/freezer, electric kettle and urn, and a gas cooking range. Gas is included in the cabin fee, electricity is ‘pay as you go’ via a coin meter (£1 & £2 coins). Tables, chairs and benches are provided, but users require bringing their own cooking equipment, utensils, crockery and cutlery.

In addition, a commercial BBQ is available to hire, complete with gas. The weekend rate (£30) includes one 6kg bottle of gas whilst the weekly rate (£60) includes one 13 kg bottle of gas

Ancillary secure storage is available in the green and cream steel shed near the boatsheds. Can be used for bikes, activity equipment, etc. See notice in cabin for access code.

 

ACTIVITIES

Backwoods camping

The Woodland site is ideal for this.

Walking

The Trossachs is the perfect location for easy forest walks, backpacking expeditions as well as more serious hill walking.

Water Activity Permits

For leaders intending to run their own water activities, Loch Venacher is generally Class B2 waters, but a recent re-classification has identified the bay on which the centre is situated as now B1 (see notices on site). Appropriate canoe/kayak permits must be valid for these grades of water. A permit for rafting activities is also required for Class B1 waters.

Kayaking/Canoeing

The scout centre maintains a fleet of 15 single kayaks and 4 Canadian Canoes on site. Groups with their own instructors holding the appropriate Scout Activity Permit can arrange use of kayaks and equipment. The Invertrossachs Support Group may be able to provide qualified instruction to visiting groups, subject to availability of members.

Bell boats

The centre has 2 bell boats. Groups with their own instructors holding the appropriate Scout Activity Permit can arrange use of these. The Invertrossachs Support Group may be able to provide qualified instruction to visiting groups, subject to availability of members.

Cycling

The estate road, which runs through the site, is part of the Venachar link of the SUSTRANS National Cycle Route 7. The old railway line along the western shore of Loch Lubnaig to Strathyre is a pleasant, easy route, and there are miles of forest track to explore between Invertrossachs, Loch Katrine and Aberfoyle.

Bikes can be hired locally at Wheels Cycle Hire (at 3 km) located on the road between Callander & Invertrossachs.  Tel: 01877 331100

Swimming, Climbing Wall, Squash, Games Hall

at McLaren Leisure Centre, Callander. Also a Fitness Suite, Sauna and Steam Room, Café. Tel 01877 330000

Go Ape

High-Wire Forest Adventure. Located at the David Marshall Lodge, Aberfoyle

Loch Katrine - The S.S. Sir Walter Scott

This is the only surviving screw steamer in regular passenger service in Scotland.

Sailings: April to October from Trossachs pier.

See website for details of bike n’ sail - take the boat to Stronachlacher and cycle back round the loch.  Tel 01877 376316

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 November 2017 16:56