>>Loch Katrine[GS1] <<, whether discovered from the east or west end, still conforms to the ‘Cult of the Picturesque’ as it was pursued by the early Romantics. And perhaps this was what HV Morton was referring to in his famous – and whimsical - passage on The Trossachs. He complains about travelling the length of Scotland and suddenly finding the area around Loch Katrine as ‘the whole thing in concentrated form, boiled down to the very essence.....they are definitely unfair and should be abolished in the interests of more distant places.’
One of the most impressive views of Loch Katrine can be enjoyed for a little effort: the ascent of Ben An (sometimes A’an, though in Gaelic Am Binnean, the pinnacle, contracted and re-named by Scott). Its 1520ft (454m) height make for a pleasant if steep excursion, while its panorama gives the Munro-spotter plenty to identify. (Ben Lui is just one of the more distant mountains in view to the west and north.) Below, to the east, Lochs Achray and Venachar point the way east to Callander.