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Glenfinglas Dam Cottage

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Brig o'Turk near Callander, Fort William, Isle of Skye & The Western Isles Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 5 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

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41 Customer Reviews

  • "We had everything we needed and the beds were exceptionally comfy thankyou"

    Reviewed by Eleanor4.4Apr 2024

  • "It's a stunner."

    Not only is the location breathtaking and great for hiking - the cottage is perfect. Warm, comfortable and had all you need for a great week away.

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Mar 2024

  • "This was our second visit to Glen Finglas and the location was as magical as before."

    The cottage is cosy and comfortable, and we particularly appreciated the fact that the heating had been upgraded since our last visit - very useful in a wet couple of weeks! Some of the fittings are a little worn and would benefit from a refresh, but overall it's a lovely place to stay and a perfect setting for walking, cycling or just enjoying the wildlife (red squirrels were frequent visitors).

    Reviewed by Julian4.1Sep 2023

  • "Great property in unusual location - Ideal for walking the area."

    Bring food for red squirrels and your best camera. Dodgy pub at Brig o Turk - NO BEER.

    Reviewed by Steve5.0Sep 2023

  • "A good situation for those interested in wild life or walking or both."

    The house was well equipped.

    Reviewed by Melvyn3.8Sep 2023

  • "Such an amazing place to stay."

    Beautiful, secluded location and a cosy house with everything we needed and, as an added bonus, very friendly neighbours and housekeeper, Helen.

    Reviewed by Jo5.0Sep 2023

  • "The property was larger than it looked from the photo, clean, comfortable and in a very quiet area as it well outside the village down short drive."

    Car park looked a bit tight but car fitted. Nice touch was a bowl of fruit and cake. Internet and mobile signal was as bad as advertised. A house to get away from everyone

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Jun 2023

  • "The cottage is a small semi-detached cottage at the top of a private road leading to the dam."

    Because of the remote location there is no mobile phone service and the internet connection seemed somewhat sluggish.Bear this in mind if you depend on these services when on holiday. The parking space at the front of the cottage is very small but you can park up near the dam. The path from the back door was partially blocked by an old water pump and other items of scrap metal which we had to walk around. I really don't see why this should have been left lying around.

    Reviewed by Michael4.1May 2023

  • "What a great place to stay."

    It is so beautifully secluded in nature. Had a great time with the family, total 5 people, three children 13, 9 and 8 years. In addition to great walks in the area, it is also a great base to Glasgow, Edinburgh, Stirling, Fort William, among others. Really super, simple house, but wonderful to relax. From the house you can immediately start walking. In terms of accessories of the house it is well cared for, the necessary is there. Internet connection is not great, but a place like Brig O' Turk or Aberfoyle provides you with a good 4G connection.

    Reviewed by Bas4.7Apr 2023

  • "We had a great time in this property."

    Cottage is well maintained and equipped and located (quite remotely) in beautiful surroundings. Previous guests apparently didn’t care too much about properly cleaning pans and utensils before storing them in the kitchen cabinets, but other than that the cottage was very clean. Very friendly and helpful owners who had provided flowers, fruit and pastries as a welcome. We highly recommend this place and will definitely consider returning when visiting Scotland again.

    Reviewed by Peter4.7Feb 2023

  • "A very cozy house in a beautiful setting."

    Reviewed by Bram5.0Oct 2022

  • "We had a wonderful time in Glen Finglas and loved the chance to get away from it all - the slow internet was a bonus!"

    The surroundings are gorgeous and we were lucky with the weather, so we were out every day on the hills or beside the lochs, and the cottage was a cosy and comfortable place to relax after a day's walking or cycling. The owners were helpful and friendly and we really appreciated the flowers and cakes on our arrival.

    Thank you for the lovely feedback. We are so glad you had a wonderful time at the cottage and managed to get out in the hills and lochs everyday. Looking forward to welcoming you back again next year! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Julian4.4Sep 2022

  • "Lovely spot for kids and dogs."

    We are keen hikers and trail runners, and this is a paradise. Great for sitting and staring at the forests and hills too. Highly recommended for the excellent accommodation, easy access, and peaceful location.

    Thank you for your lovely feedback. We are so pleased you had such a great time and made the most of the setting. We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Aug 2022

  • "Had a great time, would return again, great location and tons to see and do."

    Accomodation cool on a hot day, a welcome relief when it was hot outside.

    So glad you had a lovely time and enjoyed the house with all the surrounding activities. Hope to see you again soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Aug 2022

  • "Pros- ideal location for getting out walking."

    House has everything you need. Lovely outlook from dining room table. Feels safe to stay there. Cons- bit dated however didn’t spoil stay. Wee bit smelly when we arrived. Could do with fresh Lino on the bathroom. Stair blinds are very dirty. Biggest con for us and this is for anyone bringing their dogs. We had a vision of sitting out in the garden with the dogs just wandering enjoying all the woodland scents- This meant we could not sit outside and enjoy the good weather. One time we left them in the house and sat outside but after 10 mins the lady came out and started pottering about the grass they own right outside the house so the dogs saw her and started barking so we had to go in, so from that respect it did spoil things a bit. I just want dog owners to be aware of that. Overall though we had a really nice week as we just got the dogs out early and spent the day elsewhere.

    Thank you for your feedback. We're glad you enjoyed your holiday and the beautiful location. We were sorry to hear you found it difficult not having a fenced garden. Unfortunately due to the rural setting of the house it would be extremely difficult to fence the garden with much of it blending into woodland and also without blocking the stunning views around. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Louise3.8Jul 2022

  • "Lovely property with everything you need away from home."

    Great location for local walks and only 20 minutes from Callander. Would definitely recommend the Tearoom, Byre Inn and Scott's Bistro (book early to avoid disappointment)

    So glad to read you made the most of the local walks from the front door and enjoyed the local amenities. Look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Joanna5.0Jun 2022

  • "This cottage is very lovely and just like on the photos, very comfy."

    The parking spaces are very tight, if you’ve got just one car that’s not a problem, but two are very difficult to manoeuvre in. However you can park a little bit up the road. Some really nice walks right on the doorstep. It was our dogs first holiday away from home and he had a lovely time. I wish I knew there was a freezer as I feed my dog raw but had to switch to something else as the description didn’t say there was a freezer. Other than that we had an amazing stay!

    Reviewed by Joanna4.4Jun 2022

  • "Everything at the cottage was as promised and the area was much more than we anticipated."

    The bowl of fruit and cakes from the cleaners were a wonderful and welcome surprise. The neighbours gave us a warm welcome and were very friendly throughout the week. We genuinely loved our week at Glenfinglas and would readily come back again

    Reviewed by Matthew5.0May 2022

  • "This beautiful, spacious property is fully equipped with everything you could possibly need for a holiday away from home."

    The gifts of cake, fruit and flowers provided by the owner were a wonderful surprise on arrival and the welcome booklet was very helpful. Situated on the edge of Glen Finglas Dam the surrounding scenery is stunning and the numerous woodland walks in the area are well worth the effort. Supermarkets, independent shops, pubs and cafes are just a short drive away in Aberfoyle, Callander and Kilmahog. All in all we had a lovely relaxing week staying in Glen Finglas Dam Cottage. 5*

    Reviewed by Alison5.0May 2022

  • "Overall the property was okay but disappointed at the garden space was so over grown that you could not use it which meant the only place you could sit outside was on the front step."

    Thank you for your feedback. Unfortunately due to a misunderstanding our garden maintenance had not been restarted for the season. This has now been sorted. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kim3.1May 2022

  • "The cottage is in a beautiful location but disappointingly unkempt."

    Reviewed by Sally2.5Apr 2022

  • "A great little property with stunning views and beautiful walks."

    Would highly recommend

    Reviewed by Carrie5.0Feb 2022

  • "Amazing cottage to stay in surrounded by woodland, mountain streams and the reservoir."

    Perfect location for long walks, photography and to explore the Trossachs and the Highlands of Scotland. Would defiantly stay at this cottage again. Perfect.

    Reviewed by Adam4.7Jan 2022

  • "A lovely place in a fab location- right next to the dam and a great place to explore the area from."

    Mae provided great instructions and was on hand if we needed anything. We'd definitely recommend it.

    Reviewed by Roger5.0Dec 2021

  • "The water was so fresh, the air very clean, the silence of the surrounding mountains and the amazing views made a perfect combination to forget about this madness that is happening in the world!"

    The house itself has everything you need to enjoy a relaxing and recharging holiday.

    Reviewed by Alex4.4Dec 2021

  • "The photographs don’t do justice to the fantastic location"

    Reviewed by Doreen4.4Oct 2021

  • "You have to drive to nearest shop village takes 20mins."

    .Wi-Fi buffer all the time. In general the cottage was really good.

    Reviewed by Christine3.4Sep 2021

  • "Was lovely & tranquil in a very beautiful area neighbours were wonderfully welcoming they made the stay very happy our dog loved them there are some lovely unspoilt places all around the area & the Lade Inn at Kilmahog is very friendly & dogs are also welcome."

    Reviewed by Phillip4.7Sep 2021

  • "Really nice quiet location."

    The cottage itself is clean and well equipped but some elements are a bit dated. There are plenty of walks and bike rides in the area that can be accessed directly from the cottage. However, the closest shop is around 15 mins drive away.

    Reviewed by Alison and Michael5.0Aug 2021

  • "Lovely location and a lovely property - sofa not very comfortable but otherwise it was a pleasure to stay there."

    Reviewed by Kenny4.1Aug 2021

  • "We had a fantastic week in Glenfinglas."

    The cottage is in a brilliant location, was very comfortable and had everything we needed. There are a series of lovely walks from the front door, a great little team room in Brig o'Turk, and surprisingly mild wild swimming in the nearby lochs. The cottage was a perfect set up for the four of us plus dog, who has never looked happier!

    Reviewed by Louise5.0Jul 2021

  • "The MAIN problem was there was no enclosed garden ."

    The back yard had been dug up.I suspect a problem with the drains, leaving a considerable hole which was covered with a piece of plywood this was very dangerous.

    Thank you for your comments. The cottage is set in a magnificent rural setting hence why there is no fenced garden which allows guests to get closer to nature. After previous feedback, we can now confirm that a new water system has been installed. We were pleased with your good scores and glad we 'met expectations' despite the above comments. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ann3.4Jun 2021

  • "The cottage is in a spectacular location, with beautiful views and walks."

    The first morning we had goldfinches in the bushes outside! We had red squirrels, deer, an array of birds, with sightings of golden and sea eagles. Thiese exceeded my expectations. The cottage itself, though a little dated decor-wise was so comfortable and had everything to make it a perfect holiday. The log burner was perfect for the chilly nights, the kitchen huge and had everything for cooking a large meal from scratch. There's a freezer and washing machine too. The neighbours were lovely and very helpful. I'd definately love to go back to Glen Finglas Reservoir Cottage. A great place to explore the beautiful Trossachs.

    Reviewed by Isabelle5.0May 2021

  • "Very comfortable cottage in beautiful surroundings."

    Reviewed by Diane4.7May 2021

  • "Though probably safe to drink, the water at this property had a brown hue."

    Thank your for your comments. We have now had a brand new water supply system installed at the property, and there are no longer any issues. We do hope you enjoyed you stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Bernard3.4Oct 2020

  • "Excellent location."

    Excellent facilities. Many walks of different levels of ability nearby. It’s better to set sat nav to Callander Village and from there to come to the cottage. Only criticism was that they had no brush or mop or hoover to facilitate cleaning of the place before departure. The local neighbour lent a broom. There was not even on roll of toilet paper. Thank goodness we brought some. Thanks for leaving loads of cleaning products and wipes. That was really appreciated.

    Thank you for your feedback. We are delighted to hear you had such a lovely stay with us. In regards to the cleaning facilities, we do keep them all in the cupboard in the twin bedroom. We will of course update our welcome pack to explain this going forward. Also we would like to apologise about there being no toilet roll, this was a mistake made by the housekeeper as we do usually leave a couple of rolls and again we are sorry for this. We really do hope to see you again at Glenfinglas Dam Cottage. Regards. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Vidis5.0Oct 2020

  • "If you are a flyfisher then you can hire a bat from the local fishing club and spend a day on the loch hunting the elusive brown trout when you do catch one you will nor be disapointed."

    \short drive into \the local town gives you plenty shops and restuarants. But if you just want to be on your own you will be as this is not a place you find passing by, plenty of country walks and wildlife spotting. We had a great tim and will be back nexy year.

    Reviewed by William5.0Sep 2020

  • "Lovely cottage, lovely friendly neighbours."

    very clean and loved the fact in had tea, coffee, milk and biscuits were left. it was a great touch especially after travelling 6hours

    Reviewed by Jenine5.0Sep 2020

  • "If you want a cottage off the beaten track, Glenfinglas Dam is for you."

    Although remote, the very friendly and helpful neighbour made sure we had a good welcome. The cottage is very warm and cosy, with all you need for an enjoyable stay in the countryside. In places, the decor is a bit tired and the outside area is not well kept, but overall we had a very comfortable and enjoyable stay. The walks from the cottage, and within a short drive, were stunning. Our greyhound loved it there, and was impressed by the welcome treats left for him!

    Reviewed by David4.4Sep 2020

  • "The location for this house is spectacular."

    The dam and Glenfinglas reservoir are absolutely beautiful, and the location feels tucked away from everyone, yet it is convenient for Callander and lots of walks in the area. The house is comfortable and has everything you need, though the kitchen is maybe a little dated. It was lovely to get a welcome pack for the dog (including a dog towel, which was much needed after the dog's regular swims!). The landlady was helpful and responded quickly to emails. We loved the wood burning stove, the space and the peace, but most of all the location and surroundings.

    Reviewed by Julia4.7Aug 2020

  • "There was plenty of equipment, perhaps if there was some egg cups it would have helped but that is just a small issue, also my wife said that she went to use the toilet brush but put it back as it was dirty, but all in all it was a lovely place for a holiday."

    Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback, we are glad that you enjoyed your stay. The toilet brush has now been replaced and we will look to provide egg cups. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Susan4.7Aug 2020

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  • Three bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin, 1 x single
  • Family bathroom with bath, overhead shower, WC and hand basin
  • Kitchen
  • Living room/diner with woodburning stove
  • Gas central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, washing machine, microwave, TV and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and Highchair available
  • Parking for up to two cars on private road shared by neighbouring properties
  • Up to three well-behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Note: WIFI signal/ download allowance limited due to location
  • Shop 10.1 miles, pub 3.8 miles Note: Dogs to be supervised at all times
  • Please note: No stag or hen parties or similar

The property

Callander 10.4 miles.

Glenfinglas Dam Cottage is an idyllic cottage hidden within the rural community of Brig O'Turk, Scotland.

Resting within the raw beauty of The Loch Lomond and Trossachs nature reserve, this delightful dwelling is a great base for families seeking an action-packed adventure in the Scottish Highlands.

As you step inside this splendid abode following an eventful morning exploring the surrounding areas, kick off your mud-splattered boots and take off your coats, before getting cosy on the sofa and unwinding with your favourite shows on the TV with the log burning stove lit on those chilly evenings.

Grab your ingredients from the cupboards and spend quality time with the children, baking in the stylish and well-lit kitchen.

Prepare a tasty afternoon snack for the family to tuck into at the dining table, as you discuss your plans for the evening ahead.

Venture upstairs to the bathroom and indulge in some time to yourself, with a long soak in the bathtub.

The tranquil single bedroom is the perfect place to lose yourself in a book, or drift away for a dreamy afternoon nap.

Wander through to the double bedroom and take your time to select an outfit for the evening from the built-in wardrobe, whilst taking in the breath-taking views over Glenfinglas Dam to the surrounding mountains.

Read the children a bed time story as you tuck them in for bed in the pretty twin bedroom.

Glenfinglas Dam Cottage is ideally located to make the most of the surrounding area with your children and canine companions.

If you don’t fancy getting in your car, numerous walks of varying difficulty can be found right from the front door, as most of them are signposted, including the Mell Circuit where you can climb to a high pass to circle Meall Cala.

If you have a love of mountain biking, then the 16.8 miles Glenfinglas Meall Route starts from the bottom of the driveway!

For the more adventurous the mountains of Ben A’an, Ben Venue and Ben Ledi are only a couple of minutes’ drive away.

The Steamship ‘Sir Walter Scott’ is only 3 miles away and this is a great day out for the whole family - you can even get the steamship one way and cycle the way back racing the boat.

The beautiful Loch Venacher is just a few miles away; why not enjoy a tranquil walk along the water’s edge followed by a delicious slice of homemade cake at Venacher Lochside café?

Make the most of your time in the area with a trip to Go Ape Aberfoyle for an exhilarating family day out or drive into the nearby town of Callander and be enchanted by the outstanding waterfalls of Bracklinn Falls, and stop off for a light bite to eat at Puddingstone Place where you can try out the national dish of haggis, neeps and tatties.

No trip to Brig O'Turk is complete without a trip to the Trossachs; dust off your bikes and cycle through the surreal National Park, stopping to appreciate the magnificent landscapes and admire the exquisite Loch Lomond.

Enjoy special, memorable moments at Glenfinglas Dam Cottage, where you will be sure to return.

EPC Rating: Band F

Short-term Holiday Let Licence No: ST-00056-F

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About the location


Stirling 14 miles, Loch Lomond 30 miles, Perth 37 miles.

The popular tourist town of Callander, in the Stirling region of Scotland, sits on the River Teith and is known as the Gateway to the Highlands. Located on the edge of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, and surrounded by beautiful scenery, Callander has been a favourite stopping point for tourists on their way to the Highlands for over 150 years. There is evidence of a settlement here reaching as far back as the Neolithic period, and to demonstrate this, a little way east of the town is Scotland’s largest chambered cairn, along with several Iron Age forts to the west. A disciple of Columba of Iona, Saint Kessog preached in this area in the 6th century and there is a knoll, Tom na Chessaig or Hill of Kessog, named in his honour, set near the River Teith. The town today is brimming with shops, bars, restaurants, cafes and supermarkets, providing plenty of amenities. There are many walks and cycle paths around the town as well as the many lochs and hills of the nearby National Park. Callander is within easy reach of Stirling and Perth, and even Glasgow and Edinburgh can be found for a pleasant day trip either by car or train from Stirling.

Please note: No stag or hen parties or similar.