The serene location of Loch Achray Hotel offers a varied selection of walks, from a stroll around the Loch to conquering the surrounding peaks. Ben A’an is one of the most prominent landmarks in the Trossachs and the views from the summit are out of all proportion for its modest height of just 1,500ft. Ben Venue is a more challenging peak but rewards with views that stretch as far as the Crianlarich Munros, Ben Lomond and the Arrochar Alps. The Trossachs are also full of lower level walks which explore the local woodlands and historic damns that still supply Glasgow with water.
Loch Achray lies in the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park and the countryside surrounding the hotel hosts a wealth of wildlife and beautiful forests. Both red and roe deer patrol the area and it is a hotspot for birds. The grey wagtail and dipper can be found along the fast flowing burns and in the summer they are joined by the sandpiper.
The Loch Achray Hotel was originally built by the Duke of Montrose in 1868. The Duke used ‘Achray Lodge’ as a centre for hunting deer, fishing and grouse shooting. From the 1930s onwards Achray Lodge has been a hotel, allowing visitors to explore the popular Trossachs, made famous by Sir Walter Scott and his romantic novels.
For a short while during the war years German prisoners of war who were billeted nearby came over to help maintain the gardens and grow food. The beautiful bridges and waterfalls over Achray water can also be attributed to two German master builders.
Since the end of the Second World War the Loch Achray Hotel has changed hands many times and various extensions were made to the original building over the years. Lochs and Glens Holidays acquired the hotel in 1988 and today the Loch Achray is a comfortable and friendly establishment. Although the hotel has undergone many changes since 1868 the surrounding countryside remains remarkably untouched except for the establishment of the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park.