Kingfisher Lodge, Portnellan Estate, Glen Dochart, Crianlarich
A mere 2km from the village of Crianlarich, often hailed as "the gateway to the Highlands," the Kingfisher Lodge on Portnellan Estate offers a picturesque escape into the heart of Scotland's natural wonders. Crianlarich village, steeped in medieval history, serves as a vital transport hub with the A82 and A85 roads converging briefly. The West Highland railway also splits here, offering connections west towards Oban and north to Fort William.
Venturing south of Crianlarich along the A82 leads to the Falls of Falloch, part of Scotland's Scenic Routes. This breathtaking waterfall, known as the 'Woven Sound,' cascades 30 feet, offering a tranquil spot for picnics amid the stunning Glen Falloch, just a couple minutes away from your holiday retreat.
Portnellan Estate spans a 5-mile stretch of water, inviting visitors to fish or explore its scenic beauty. Beyond the park, the prime location of Portnellan makes it an ideal base for exploring Scotland's diverse attractions, including the famous Inveraray Castle on Loch Fyne and the popular village of Luss.
From this self-catering lodge, a short drive allows you to access to Scotland's largest Loch, Loch Lomond, and its multiple recreational activities and awe-inspiring landscapes. The Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park also boasts iconic Munros like Ben Lomond and Ben More, making it a haven for hikers and nature enthusiasts.
Within a 60-mile radius of Portnellan lies Glencoe, a renowned glen with a haunting history. Popular among serious hikers and climbers, Glencoe captivates with its wild, powerful, and stark Highland beauty. Portnellan Estate’s Kingfisher Chalet, with its proximity to these treasures, invites guests to experience the diverse allure of Scotland's landscapes and history.
Nestled within the enchanting landscape of Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park, the area surrounding Kingfisher Lodge beckons with a myriad of outdoor adventures and cultural pursuits.
Begin your journey by immersing yourself in the majesty of Loch Lomond, Scotland's largest lake, where cruises unveil the grandeur of Ben Lomond and its 30 surrounding islands. From your self-catering lodge, traverse the park's peaks, including the iconic Ben More, and savour panoramic views accessible only by foot. For hikers of all abilities, Conic Hill, Ben A'an, and The Cobbler promise unforgettable vistas, each step revealing the captivating beauty of the Arrochar Alps.
Loch Katrine, with its rich history and an 8-mile expanse, invites exploration by boat or cycle, the latter providing a 13-mile loop through picturesque landscapes. A stone’s throw away from your holiday accommodation, seek refreshing moments at the base of the Falls of Falloch. This 30-foot cascade offers both a scenic spectacle and a potential wild swim. Nature enthusiasts can marvel at birds of prey in the Loch Lomond Bird of Prey Centre, while history buffs can delve into the past at Inveraray Castle.
Beyond nature's wonders, the area caters to thrill-seekers with adventure parks and tempts with whisky distillery tours. Departing from your vacation rental, traverse small towns, experience the warm hospitality at farmers' markets, and cap off your explorations at the nearby Queen Elizabeth Forest Park, a haven of trails and scenic delights.
- Number of bedrooms: 2
- Bedroom 1: One king size bed. Bedroom 2: Two single beds
- Hotel grade pocket spring bed mattresses throughout
- Egyptian cotton bedlinen
- Number of bathrooms:2 (1 shower room, 1 bathroom)
- Entertainment, 37inch Panasonic HD smart LED TV with SKY package with Entertainment and Sports
- LG Blu Ray DVD, Nintendo Wii and sound system
- Washing machine
- Nespresso coffee machine
- Cot and high chair available on request
- Pets allowed by prior arrangement
- New for 2024 are the hire of our BBQ huttes that can seat up to 10 /16 people offering a real flame BBQ experience with friends or family regardless of the weather.
- Use of games room situated on the estate offering pool table, table tennis, table football and a small gym.
- Crianlarich is 2km from Portnellan Estate and the lodge
- Airports - Glasgow 80 km, Edinburgh 110km
- Station - Crianlarich 3km
- Oban - 45 minutes
- Crianlarich, Tyndrum, Inverarnan and Killin have a good selection of restaurants and pubs
- On estate visitor shop offering maps and local information, organic farmed meat, local products and produce.
- Killin golf course 16km
- Great walking and cycling from the doorstep
- Free fishing on estate - loch and river
- Lochearnhead Watersports Centre - 20km
- Glen Coe Mountain ski resort - 35km
- Mountain biking - bike hire available locally
- Paddle board hire available
- Kayaks and rowing boats on the river and loch
Step into Kingfisher Lodge, a haven of elegance and comfort. The open-plan living and dining area beckons with modern furnishings, seamlessly extending to a spacious decking adorned with garden furniture. Revel in the breathtaking views of Loch Dochart and the surrounding mountains from this elevated position, as the decking, equipped with an automatic extractible canopy for rain or sun, provides the perfect retreat to savour Scotland's beauty.
The galley-style kitchen, adorned with Bosch and Siemens appliances, is a culinary haven. A double fan-assisted oven, larder fridge/freezer, built-in microwave, and dishwasher cater to every need. Enjoy the ceramic hob, wine cooler, food processor, Nespresso coffee machine, and Royal Doulton crockery.
The 2 bedrooms offer a haven of comfort, with one double bedroom boasting a king-sized bed, and the second one featuring 2 single beds. Rest Assured pocket-sprung bed mattress and ensuite shower facilities, and a twin bedroom with equally sumptuous Rest Assured pocket-sprung bed mattresses. Immerse yourself in luxury with provided bed linen, towels, bathrobes, and slippers.
The bathrooms, one adorned with an extra-long, deep bath and the other with a modern overhead shower, is complemented by bathmats for added comfort. Mega flow hot water system also ensures a constant supply of piping hot water for all Kingfisher’s guests. Indulge in luxury with The Scottish Fine Soaps Company toiletries, bathrobes, fluffy towels, facecloths, and slippers.
This 5-star retreat features special touches like a Nintendo Wii and programmable oil-filled low-energy electric heating. Your accommodation also boasts a wealth of high-end amenities, including Wi-Fi, a SKY package with Entertainment and Sports, Blu Ray DVD, and a 37″ LCD TV.
Kingfisher Lodge is not just a holiday retreat; it's a symphony of comfort, style, and functionality, promising an unforgettable stay in the heart of the Scottish Highlands.
Directions to Crianlarich:
Portnellan rests within Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, situated a few miles south of Crianlarich in the enchanting heart of the Central Highlands, often regarded as the epitome of authentic Scotland. Whether portrayed in picture books, cherished by expatriates, or capturing the immediate awe of a first-time visitor, the essence of this magical landscape permeates throughout the year. Conveniently, Portnellan’s vacation rentals are merely a 1 hour and 30-minute drive from Glasgow and a 2-hour journey from Edinburgh, providing easy access to its captivating surroundings.
From the South via Edinburgh
Leave the city by the M9 and follow signs for Stirling. Stay on the M9 until you see Stirling Castle on your right-hand side and the signs for A84, Crianlarich at junction 10. Continue on the A84 through Doune, Callander, Strathyre until it joins the A85 at Lochearnhead staying on the A85, following the signs for Crianlarich. The A85 takes you to Portnellan about two miles before the village of Crianlarich. The estate will be on your left, and is signposted well. Continue up the driveway following the signs to your lodge. Names plates are on each property and parking is alongside.
From the South via Glasgow
Follow the M74 to Glasgow, then the M9. Proceed as from Edinburgh above.
Alternatively continue on the M74 to Glasgow picking up the signs to the Erskine Bridge. Follow the signage from the Erskine Bridge to Crianlarich. Continue along the A82 and turn right at Tarbet. Drive on through Ardlui, Inverarnan until you reach Crianlarich. Turn right at the first roundabout into the village and turn right at the T junction beside the Crianlarich Hotel signposted Perth/Stirling. Approximately 2 miles outside the village you will see the road signs indicating Portnellan on the right-hand side. Continue up the driveway following the signs to Kingfisher lodge. Names plates are on each property and parking is alongside.
Heating is included. Bed linen, towels, tea towels and bath mats are all provided. Upon arrival a welcome pack of a selection of tea, coffee capsules, sugar, milk and award winning Taste of Scotland shortbread.
Boats, kayaks and paddle boards available.
Cost and availability:
Flexible change of day. Check in from 4pm and checkout 10am. These times are flexible by prior arrangement.
Weekend/short breaks available.
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Kingfisher Lodge, Portnellan, Glen Dochart, Crianlarich, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, FK20 8QS
WINNER of Evivo's national self catering "Sweetest Homestay" award
WINNER of VISITSCOTLAND Thistle award for "Best Accommodation Provider" within Central, Tayside and Fife.
Awarded Tripadvisor 'Certificate of Excellence' for the 13th year running with over 300 reviews.
Awarded Booking.com 'Certificate of Excellence' with a current rating of 9.1 out of 10.