Railway Cottage Killin Junction
Killin, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, Scotland
- We love the nostalgia of an original cast iron bath, wooden internal shutters, reclaimed wooden flooring and period pieces throughout.
- Snuggle up by the huge open fire.
- Step back in time and discover the picture gallery where you can learn about the history of the property.
- Forest and Glen views from every room.
- Totally secluded and safe, no neighbours here yet just a short hop from the idyllic village Killin.
Good To Know
- 1 mile up a private track offering a spectacularly secluded location.
- Ample secure parking for guests' vehicles.
- Nearby the village of Killin (3 miles from the cottage) there are shops and pubs.
- Families with young children should be aware there is an unfenced pond 3m x 3m and 1.2m deep in the grounds.
- Large 'natural garden' unfenced and open directly in to surrounding woodland.
- Separate bothy provides a cool hang out and sleep space for older children.
- Enjoy the many local hostelries at nearby Killin - a 10 minute drive away
- The Falls of Dochart Inn and adjacent recently opened Smokehouse sit alongside the famous Falls. Take a pew on the rocks, savour the views and sample the local whisky smoked salmon
- At the heart of the village, the Killin Hotel offers family-friendly dining with a waterside setting and bar with an open fire
- Stroll through the village and enjoy the bar and bistro at The Courie Inn, or Capercaillie.
- Mhor 84 near Balquidder also offers love music events with guest artists as well as informal rustic dining (20 minutes drove from Railway Cottage.
- In Tyndrum (30 min drive) The Real Food Cafe is celebrated for its sustainable real food and infamous fish and chips.
- All eateries welcome dogs!
- Visit Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park.
- Enjoy a drink on the rocks at the picturesque Falls of Dochart, Killin.
- Mountain lovers and hill walkers will love Ben Lawers Mountain Range & National Nature Reserve with so many munros and low-level walking trails to explore.
- Head for the Rob Roy Way great for walking and biking.
- For the those that love the water try a spot of fishing or one of the many watersportsactivities available on Loch Tay.
- Step back in time and explore a replica Crannog - iron age dwelling at the Scottish Crannog Centrewith museum, andliving history area with hands-on demonstrations of ancient crafts and technologies.
- Historic castles to explore include Doune Castle a medieval stronghold near the village of Doune featuring as Castle Leoch in the hit series Outlander and Blair Castle with its impressive gardens and art works.
- Take your own distillery tour and sample dram from a mastercrafstman at Glenturrant near Crieff, Dewars of Aberfeldy Distillery, Deanton Distillery, Glengoyne and Tullinbardine distillery.
Railway Cottage once home to the stationmaster and signalman at the defunct Killin Junction railway station and now sensitively restored, offers one gorgeous historic cottage and bothy set in the beautiful Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park surrounded by rolling hills, forest, curious wildlife and stunning views of Glen Dochart.
Railway Cottage started life in 1886 as two single-storied semi-detached houses, built to accommodate the stationmaster and his signalman at the old Killin Junction railway station which was designed as an interchange station. There was no access to the platforms as passengers (and freight) alighted from trains on the Callander to Crianlarich run, crossed the platform and joined a wee ‘Pug' steam train that puffed its way from the Junction to Killin and on to Loch Tay half a dozen times a day. Not until, 1908 was public access to the station permitted by way of a footbridge spanning the platforms and a pathway in front of the Station Cottages but the drive to make the railway company profitable forced closure of the less profitable routes and in September 1965 it closed. The properties were vacated and soon became derelict. In 2011 the cottages were bought bu the current owners and sensitively restored paying tribute to the original features and fittings wherever possible. The external stone walls, blackened by the soot from the passing steam trains, have been retained untouched save for some remedial pointing.
Stepping inside Railway Cottage
Stepping inside you will find beautiful furnishings and home comforts perfect for your family holiday.The stone cottage exudes character with a design and wealth of bespoke features that sensitively respect its fascinating railway history. A contemporary larch-clad extension provides an architectural contrast, moulding old with new. Retaining features such as the double height entrance hallway and staircase provides light and space throughout. New high quality furnishings sit alongside interesting antique pieces that recall its Victorian and Edwardian past, while framed photographs on the walls speak of its history. Cosy up beside an enormous open log fire and pad across warm reclaimed wooden floors with underfloor heating. Double glazed sash and case windows frame spectacular views of the Glen and surrounding forest - perfect to wake up to! The ground floor living area of the cottage is completely open plan with two sumptuous sofas enjoying fabulous views of Glen Dochart through the double sliding doors that step down on to a large decking. A re-upholstered Victorian armchair offers the perfect spot to curl up with a good book and for evening entertainment the house is equipped with a Television, DVD/Blu-Ray player (with a library of films) and bluetooth radio/CD player. Railway Cottage has a bespoke hand-built kitchen, island and breakfast bar with distressed merlot red painted furniture and reclaimed wood worktops sprinkled with vintage crockery and other culinary paraphernalia housed in the gorgeous antique dresser. An induction hob with electric oven, fridge/freezer and dishwasher provide the mod cons. The breakfast bar enjoys wonderful views of the countryside and if you prefer more formal eating step down to the dining table which enjoys exactly the same views and doors on to the decking. There's also a separate utility room with washing machine, which provides ample space for drying boots and coats.
Upstairs there are two double bedrooms with traditional brass beds (and an additional double Z-bed), and a bathroom with cast iron roll top bath and separate walk-in shower. There is a further shower room downstairs. The cottage will comfortable accommodate four adults and an additional one or two children on the Z-bed in one of the bedrooms.
There is a separate detached bothy - chill area, kitchenette and separate bathroom together with a sleeping area on a mezzanine level - sleeps 2-3 and is ideal for teenagers. The bothy is a separate outbuilding in the corner of the garden which has been custom built to a contemporary design with larch-cladding. Intended as a teenager's hideaway the Bothy appeals to all ages and offers a quiet escape for young and old.
The property enjoys wonderful views and has been fully renovated to a charming and unique standard. Situated in the beautiful Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, the Railway Cottage and Bothy enjoy a secluded location surrounded by hills, forest, wildlife and stunning views of Glen Dochart yet is only a short drive from the idyllic village of Killin and the Falls of Dochart. The property is totally private, accessed via a gated private track. The cottage is surrounded by open garden with the original low-level dry-stone wall marking the boundary with the National Park. There are no neighbours here - the area can be explored safe in the knowledge that the only company will be overhead buzzards, pasturing sheep, red squirrels and the occasional inquisitive deer. The garden at Railway Cottage contains a large unfenced pond 3m x 3m and 1.5m deep and children should be supervised at all times for their own safety.
Park and activities galore on your doorstep
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 and is approximately 60 and 70 miles north of Glasgow and Edinburgh respectively. The closest community is at the idyllic village of Killin, renowned for its Falls of Dochart, on the edge of Loch Tay. Your cottage is situated at the defunct Killin Junction railway station just a mile from the A85 main trunk road.
Step outside and enjoy many private trails from your front door or head out for a longer walk following the old railway line east to Killin and Loch Tay or perhaps head down Glen Ogle to Balquidder to visit Rob Roy's grave. For more experienced hillwalkers Munros and Corbetts await. The Ben Lawers range and Tarmachan ridge are just the other side of Killin and to the west a short drive takes you to the starting point for the ascent of Ben More and Stob Binnein. Book a highland safari, cruise on Loch Tay or learn about whisky making at one of the local distilleries. The fascinating Scottish Crannog centre offers an insight into an iron age dwelling where you can walk in the footsteps of the original Crannog dwellers and immerse yourself in village life with original artefacts; demonstrations of textiles, cooking and ancient crafts & technologies. Take a tour of an historic castle and its gardens, such as Blair or Doune Castle, immortalised in Outlander as Jamie Fraser's clan home "Castle Leoch". There are plenty of opportunities to book fishing, golf, deer stalking, boating, biking, canoeing, kayaking, white-water rafting, gorge walking or for the even more adventurous, tree top high rope walks.
Railway Cottage offers a tranquil escape for all the family in the most peaceful of surroundings, with wide open space, total privacy and all the home comforts of a luxury holiday cottage in the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs. National Park.
Weekly rental £1,200 Long weekend - arrive anytime Friday, leave before Monday 5pm - £600. Midweek breaks £175 per night, minimum stay charge of £600. Bed linen, towels and firewood included. Bothy rental £100 per visit. £200 security deposit fully-refundable. 50% deposit payable at time of booking confirmation and 50% balance and security deposit payable six weeks prior to arrival date.