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Stronachlachar, Pier Building and Pier Including Revetment Walls and Railings

A Category C Listed Building in Trossachs and Teith, Stirling

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Coordinates

Latitude: 56.2578 / 56°15'28"N

Longitude: -4.5776 / 4°34'39"W

OS Eastings: 240424

OS Northings: 710245

OS Grid: NN404102

Mapcode National: GBR 0L.9PMD

Mapcode Global: WH3LZ.NZC1

Entry Name: Stronachlachar, Pier Building and Pier Including Revetment Walls and Railings

Listing Date: 4 May 2006

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 398507

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB50464

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Buchanan

County: Stirling

Electoral Ward: Trossachs and Teith

Parish: Buchanan

Traditional County: Stirlingshire

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Description

Loch Lomond And Trossachs National Park Planning Authority

Loch Lomond And Trossachs National Park Planning Authority Stronachlachar Pier and Pier Building were built in the earlier 20th century to provide facilities for the SS Sir Walter Scott. They reflect the significance of the steamer route in the history anddevelopment of the small settlement of Stronachlachar, and the wider development of tourism around Loch Katrine and Loch Lomond in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Pier:

The T-plan pier projects into Loch Katrine from an apron of land (currently a tarmac car park) which is contained by a rubble revetment with dressed stone detailing, and surmounted by cast iron railings. Projecting E from this apron is a short jetty of rubble with dressed raised quoins; this supports one end of a bow-girdered bridge. The far end of the bridge connects to the cast-iron landing stage, which is orientated NW-SE, and is terminated at each end by pointed dressed stone cutwaters.

Pier Building:

Located just to the NW of the pier, the pier building is single storey and rectangular-plan with a small outshot to the NW corner. The front (SW) elevation is sheltered by an 8-bay veranda with cast-iron columns and quatrefoil spandrels; beneath the veranda, 7-irregularly disposed bays include a 2-leaf timber panelled door (leading to the waiting room) to the 2nd bay from the right, and a single timber door to the 3rd bay from the left, the remainder being windows. The rear (NE) elevation is simpler, but has a canted bay window to light the waiting room. The SE side elevation bears a painted timber board reading 'Stronachlachar'. The pier building is harled with piended Rosemary tile roof. The windows are 4-pane timber sash and case.

Interior:

Largely unaltered; ladies toilets, accessed from waiting room, retain original joinery, tiles and sinks.

Statement of Interest

Following the publication of Sir Walter Scott's 'The Lady of the Lake' in 1809, a brisk tourist trade became established around Loch Katrine. It became very popular to sail from the Trossachs Pier to Stronachlachar, and then to continue on to Inversnaid and Loch Lomond, or vice versa. This pier and pier building were built to replace an earlier pier which had been located directly in front of Stronachlachar Lodge, a large hotel built c1888 to accommodate increasing numbers of tourists. The introduction of the SS Sir Walter Scott to serve the route in 1899 (the Sir Walter Scott still serves this route, 2005) and a possible further increase in passengers, would have put pressure on the earlier pier, and eventually led to the construction of improved facilities.

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