Food, Drink, Weddings, Events & Catering

We have been running Venachar Lochside since September 2011 when we came across a slightly unloved café with amazing potential in the most beautiful location. In fact, our overarching aim, from the very beginning, was to provide a level of service and a product offering that stood up to this staggering backdrop. We fell in love the Trossachs from the first visit.


We are completely dedicated to our wee bit of the Scottish countryside and we’re very proud of what we have achieved, as a team, these past five years… but we look forward to the next five!

The Venachar Lochside Experience

We are a restaurant… but we like to think that what we really do is take produce that we source from local suppliers, businesses, brewers and hedgerows and offer all our customers an opportunity to experience a little bit of the very best that Scotland has to offer in beautiful, relaxed surroundings. We invite you to celebrate our country’s outstanding natural larder and produce.


We invite you to discover the landscapes, people and culture that make our food heritage so unique.

The Location

Loch Venachar lies between the popular tourist town of Callander and the small settlement of Brig o’ Turk.


The south shore of the 3.7 mile-long loch comprises a large area of forest, which is home to a wide network of cycling and walking trails. A walk of 4.5 miles reveals a hidden lochan amid the trees.


You can follow some trails over the hills to nearby Lake of Menteith – Scotland’s only official lake – and head west along the loch to Loch Achray and the Trossachs.


For a moderately challenging but scenically rewarding cycle ride, it’s possible to complete a 16-mile circuit around Loch Venachar. The first part is quiet cycling on the Invertrossachs Road (part of the National Cycle Network Route 7) followed by a section along the lochshore on the Great Trossachs Path.

The Team

We are a very small team although, as our business has grown, so has our team. Every summer, we welcome back our fantastic seasonal staff and new team members. We are proud to say that our team is fantastically dedicated, hardworking and passionate about what we all do together at Venachar. We take pride in what we achieve, as a team, every day.

National Winner

Scottish Thistle Awards 2017/18


Best Informal Eating Experience

VisitScotland National Thistle Awards 2015/16


Taste our Best 2014/15/16

Visit Scotland