LOCHEARNHEAD

Lochearnhead is a village in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, with Loch Earn known for fishing and watersports, the National Cycle Network and the local munro Ben Vorlich offering popular walks. If you are looking for accommodation, cottages, lodges or holiday homes in the area we have a selection of self catering properties for couples or families.

Lochearnhead village lies at the western end of Loch Earn. It began as a junction between the main north-south road from Callander to Killin and the road along Loch Earn from Perth. In 1761 the military road passing through from Stirling to Fort William was completed and this improved communication for the village. In 1800 a post office opened in the village and in 1870 the Callander to Oban railway arrived.

It was the coming of the railways that had the greatest effect on the village. In 1904 the railway was extended along Loch Earn to St. Fillans and Crieff, making Lochearnhead an easy place to visit. With the rise in Scottish tourism in Victorian times, the village became a popular destination from which tourists could enjoy the tranquillity of Loch Earn.

The routes of the old railway lines now provide many walking and cycling opportunities for visitors. The Route 7 Sustrans National Cycle Network passes through Lochearnhead from Strathyre to Killin along the old railway route and viaducts through Glen Ogle.

On the south side of Loch Earn is Edinample Castle built by ‘Black’ Duncan Campbell of Glenorchy in the 17th century. Above is Ben Vorlich, a steep sided pyramid shaped peak, which is a popular climb with spectacular views from the top.

​The village has maintained its tourist status and has become a centre of watersports, fishing and annual events including the Balquhidder, Lochearnhead and Strathyre Highland Games, which started in 1870. The Games are held in July.

​The annual black faced sheep shearing competition, ‘Lochearnhead  Shears’, was established in 1993, growing to become one of the largest sheep shearing competitions in the United Kingdom. The event attracts international competitors, who come to attempt to win the ‘Scottish Blackface Shearing Champion’ title. The competition is held in June and normally culminates in a ceilidh dance.

Did you know? Legend has it that there is a waterhorse, or Each Uisge inhabiting Loch Earn.

PROPERTIES IN LOCHEARNHEAD

Allt Beag

Sleeps 5

Easy access to Sustrans Cycle Route 7

The Boathouse

Sleeps 6/8

Lochside location with stunning views

Burnside

Sleeps 8

Dog friendly with views of Loch Earn

Glen Ogle Lodge

Sleeps 6

Cosy log cabin for walkers

Mallard Cross

Sleeps 7

Family accommodation with views of Loch Earn

The Old Schoolhouse

Sleeps 4

Traditional stone cottage with wood burning stove

Sheiland

Sleeps 6

Stylish eco-friendly accommodation

View Cottage

Sleeps 4

Spectacular views of Ben Vorlich

Vorlich View

Sleeps 8

Spacious family accommodation

Wee Orchard Lodge

Sleeps 2

Couples retreat with hot tub

What's On

Walking – There are easy walks on designated paths, the Rob Roy Way, Glen Ogle trail or Glen Ample. For the more adventurous try a Munro, our local Munro Ben Vorlich or Stuc a’ Chroin are close by or a short drive away you have Ben Lawers, Ben More, Ben Ledi. Ardvorlich Hill Garden with over 300 varieties of plants offers a pleasant walk on the first slopes of Ben Vorlich.

Watersports/ Boating – There is a launching slipway for fishing boats, ski boats windsurfers, and a number of moorings available for the season.

Cycling – Easy access to the Sustrans Route 7 Cycle Network at Lochearnhead.

Fishing – Permits for Loch Earn bank and boat fishing are available at the local shop from 15 March 15 October.

Golf – The nearest course is at St Fillans. Nearby courses include Callander, Crieff, Killin and Comrie.