Weekend Wanders: Loch Drunkie, Loch Achray & Loch Katrine

After our previous weekend being a bit of a bust and poor weather resulting in a rather soggy day out, we’re happy to have a sunny day and we make the most of it with not one but three lochs in one day.

Our Sunday destination this week is the Three Lochs Drive between Aberfoyle and Callander. Its around a hours drive from Glasgow but its a nice sunny day and a nice drive up. Though there’s not too much direction to the route we manage to find the start point. We’re rather late in the day in arriving and so head directly to the second of the three lochs on the scenic drive – Loch Drunkie.

After a quite lunch stop near the parking at the side of Loch Drunkie we head of on the first of two walks which loop back to the car park. The first takes us up to the Pine Ridge Viewpoint and its quite a steep walk though a very pleasant one and the view from the top is definitely worth it.

Loch Drunkie from Pine Ridge Viewpoint

Our second walk is along the edge of Loch Drunkie through the forested areas and is a nice shade on a warm day. It also has the lure of musical instruments along the paths including a giant wooded xylophone and a ring bell structure but being adult we of course are not interested in playing with such things.

Both walks aren’t very long but we’re rather lacking in time due to the Three Lochs Drive closing its gates at 5pm. This seems such a shame on a lovely summer day but I guess it must be liked to staff cost and availability or something although I’m not sure why there needs to be gates at all.

We head further along the drive and stop briefly at the final loch on the route, Loch Achray. Another very pretty spot and one I think we’ll need to come back too to explore further.

Loch Achray

With sunshine such a rare occurrence this summer we decide to head somewhere else to enjoy the evening. Only a few minutes from Loch Achray is Loch Katrine and so we head there. Though much more touristy and build up it seems pretty quite once we’re away from the loch cruise jetty.

Loch Katrine

As we wander round we can’t help but realise how spoiled we must be with so many wonderful landscapes only an hour from our city suburb home. Our talk always comes back to our disappointment of the Lake District in Cumbria, England and our confusion of how it gained it’s iconic status when, in our opinion, there is many more impressive places just across the border. I guess us Scots are just spoiled for choice when it comes to exploring the outdoors.

Loch Katrine

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