LOCATION

Did we mention we’re tucked away in a National Park?

Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park covers 720 square miles of lowland landscapes and mountains in Central Scotland.  Railway Cottage is located in the north eastern corner of the park.  We’re approximately 60 and 70 miles north of Glasgow and Edinburgh respectively.  Our closest community is at the idyllic village of Killin –  renowned for its Falls of Dochart – on the edge of Loch Tay and four miles away.

The Railway Cottage is situated at the defunct Killin Junction railway station just a mile from the A85 main trunk road.  Head in any direction and you are guaranteed a picturesque drive:

  • Choose south and the A85 snakes down the dramatic Glen Ogle, leading on to the A84 at Lochearnhead.  From here the road passes several villages and hugs scenic Loch Lubnaig before arriving at Callander and then heading on to Stirling.  The M9 links Stirling with Edinburgh.

  • Select west and the A85 passes alongside munros, corbetts and lochs to Crianlarich where the road connects with the A82.  Drive south to Glasgow via Loch Lomond or north to Fort William through Bridge of Orchy and spectacular Glencoe.

  • Alternatively drive east through Killin to Loch Tay. Then choose between the north and south shore roads to Kenmore – both are spectacular. From here drive to Aberfeldy or for the more adventurous head over the Ben Lawers range to the lesser known but mightily impressive Glen Lyon.

DIRECTIONS

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Distance and driving time (miles/minutes).....
Callander....18/40
Stirling.......33/60
Glasgow..................60/90
Edinburgh...............70/110
Fort William..........................75/110
Inverness.......................................120/180
Aberdeen.......................................130/180

The short drive to the cottage from the A85 is a mini-adventure in itself.  Killin Junction was an interchange railway station where the main Callander to Oban trunk line connected with the wee branch line to Killin and Loch Tay.  There was no vehicle access to either the station or the adjacent cottages.

Today the branch line is now a private forestry road and provides access to the cottage from the A85.  The mile long hardcore track can be a wee bit bumpy in places but just take your time, pick your line and enjoy the scenery!

Approach track to Railway Cottage Killin

The track is currently in good condition with a few potholes, although in wet weather it can be very muddy.  4WD vehicles are ideal but the average 2WD car will be able to negotiate the track.  Low suspension sports cars will struggle and risk damage to their undercarriage.  Ferraris and Lamborghinis should stay at home!