Railway Cottage Killin Junction

Killin, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, Scotland
RailwayCottage
Accomodation
6 > Guests
Bedrooms
3 Bedrooms / 2-3 Beds
Bathrooms
2 Full

About this listing

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

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.

The Bothy

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.

5 Star Location

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.

A National 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.

Rates:

2022 weekly rental £1,300 Long weekend – arrive from Friday, 3pm stay until Monday 3pm – £700.  Midweek breaks £190 per night, minimum charge of £700. 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.

 

 

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Details

  • Guests: 6
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Beds: 2-3
  • Bathrooms: 2

Prices

  • Per Night: £190.00

Features

Amenities

  • Barbecue Area
  • Bath
  • Bluetooth Speaker
  • Coffee Machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Dog Friendly
  • Drying Room
  • DVD player
  • Family Friendly
  • Free Parking
  • Garden
  • Induction Cooker
  • Laptop-Friendly Workspace
  • Mountain Views
  • Music System
  • No Smoking
  • Open Fire/Woodburner
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Shower
  • Washing Machine
  • Wi-Fi

Terms & rules

  • Smoking allowed: No
  • Pets allowed: Yes
  • Party allowed: No
  • Children allowed: Yes
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