Hillwalking in the Trossachs
There are several accessible and very enjoyable hills that can be walked in this area of Scotland - notably Ben Venue, Ben A'an, Ben Vorlich and Ben Ledi. Of these hills/mountains, Ben Vorlich is the highest and Ben A'an is the smallest. All should provide an entertaining day out with either none or very few difficulties assuming good summer conditions...
The area is easily accessible from both Edinburgh and Glasgow and is outstandingly beautiful - you can also take a trip on the Steamship Sir Walter Scott on the lovely Loch Katrine (which is also the fresh water supply for Glasgow!). Facilities at Loch Katrine include:
- Gift Shop
- Cycle Hire
- Steamship trips on the loch
- Car parking
Head out of the city towards Maybury and continue past Ingleston and the airport to the roundabout which gives access to the M8 & M9 - take the M9 all the way to Stirling. You go past Stirling and take the next exit marked Crianlarich. Taking the exit sliproad you reach a roundabout - head for Callendar/Aberfoyle.
Shortly after passing signs for Blair Drummond Safari Park there is an exit for Aberfoyle - take this and follow the road to Aberfoyle and through the village. At the end of the village the road turns sharply uphill to the right - be careful. Follow the zig-zag past the David Marshall Lodge and continue for about 15 minutes.
Loch Katrine is signposted clearly from Aberfoyle.
I am not from Glasgow but these directions will hopefully get you there...
Head out of the city towards Loch Lomond/Drymen (or get on the Motorway where there is actually a signpost or two for Aberfoyle...) Aberfoyle is signposted quite well from Loch Lomond/Drymen and this road runs straight through the village.
Loch Katrine is signposted clearly from Aberfoyle
Local shops and small supermarkets shoud fulfull any need to buy groceries - there is a pertrol station, tourist info, bakery, car park, duck pond, loads of hotels/B&B's and the usual touristy things...
All in, Aberfoyle is a lovely town.
- David Marshall Lodge / Queen Elizabeth Forest Park
The David Marshall Lodge is the Park's visitor centre/shop/cafe type place. it is situated just 1 mile from Aberfoyle and has it's own car-park. The cafe is also really nice - it sells soup, coffe, baked potatos and baguettes as well as icecream and confectionary.
The Park has Orienteering routes and nice walks - there are also resident birds of prey in the forest.