Things to See..
The David Marshall Lodge (Soon to be known as just “The Lodge”)
What a great way to start your visit to this area.
Audio visual exhibits (run by the RSPB) introduce you to the forest park with displays of Ospreys, Owls,smaller birds & Red Squirrels, exhibitions, resident craftsmen, cafeteria, wheelchair access, picnic sites and toilet facilities. The centre is situated on the Dukes Pass and is less than one mile from Aberfoyle. For the fitter and more able, there is a small footpath leading from Trossachs Road to the Centre.
There is an abundance of walks for all abilities starting from the car park at the centre, currently we have maps available FOC if they help!
This is also the location of The GO APE facility
The Scottish Wool Centre
The Wool Centre is situated in the main car park in Aberfoyle. The Centre has live shows telling the history of Scotland involving its sheep! A light hearted show with demonstrations from Easter to October and weekends the rest of the year. The Centre also has spinning and weaving demonstrations, a gift shop and coffee shop. There is much to interest people of all ages.
Open October – March 10:00 – 17:00, April – September 09:30 – 18:00.
Inversnaid and Loch Lomond
Drive through Aberfoyle and pass Loch Ard and Loch Chon enjoying some of the most beautiful scenery on the way. On the way visit Stronachlachar boat pier on Loch Katrine and drive on passed Loch Arklet to Inversnaid and the “Bonnie Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond”. Here you can stroll along the banks of Loch Lomond which is Britain’s largest expanse of water, measuring 23 miles long and 5 miles wide. From here you can also walk part of the West Highland Way, view the Inversnaid waterfall, or relax with a drink from the Inversnaid Hotel. Inversnaid is an R.S.P.B. reserve and Golden Eagles, Ospreys and Redstarts can be observed.
Please Note: The Hotel does not as a rule serve food.
The Trossachs and Loch Katrine
Historically The Trossachs are a small area defined by the peaks of Ben A’an and Ben Venue, and the Lochs Katrine and Achray. This magnificent area has much to offer in terms of beauty, peace and places of interest. The hills of Ben A’an and Venue are easily accessed by good footpaths and the views from both are spectacular. A good eating place on your way possibly to Callander, is the Brig ‘O’ Turk Tea Room or The Byre Inn.
A trip to this lovely loch which can include a sail on the S.S. Sir Walter Scott should not be missed, this is such a serene location. This area is at the heart of Rob Roy country. Loch Katrine is 8 miles long and less than 500ft deep. It was enlarged in 1859 to become the chief water supply for the city of Glasgow. The Loch is noted for it’s beauty and celebrated in the literature of “The Lady of the Lake”, the romantic poem by the Scottish poet and novelist Sir Walter Scott. The village of Glengyle, at the south-eastern head of the loch was the birthplace of the famous Scottish brigand Rob Roy. There is a gift shop and restaurant beside the loch open to all visitors. From the lake you can hire a bicycle and cycle around the lake to see the real beauty of the area.
Three Lochs Forest Drive
The Achray Forest Drive is a seven mile leisurely drive through a beautiful part of the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park, visiting both Loch Achray and Loch Drunkie. Beautiful highland scenery, plenty of parking areas and ideal places for picnics.(£2.35M-AM)
Open Easter – October.
The Dukes pass on the Trossachs trail offers superb views over the Achray Forest with view points along its route. The drive over the pass is splendid and you could have a chance meeting with a lone piper.
Rob Roy and Trossachs Visitor Centre (Callander)
Situated in Ancaster Square in an elegant building previously a church, the Rob Roy Tourist Information Centre not only provides tourist information services but also an excellent exhibition and audio visual show about Rob Roy.
The Lake of Menteith and Inchmahome Priory
Situated approximately five miles from Aberfoyle is the Lake of Menteith. On the larger of the three islands in the Lake are the ruins of a 13th century priory, which provide an idyllic setting for a peaceful picnic which in Spring is full of daffodils, Bluebells and rhododendrons. Take the small ferry from the Port of Menteith for the short trip to the island keeping a watchful eye out for the many birds that make the lake their home. These include the great-crested grebe, goldeneye, red-breasted merganser, tufted duck, mallard, geese, herons, swans and ospreys.
The priory was founded in 1238 and in 1547 was used as a haven from the English army for Mary Queen of Scots. Though now in ruins there is still enough standing to give an impression of how the whole priory looked when it was in use.
When you have finished looking at the priory be sure to take a walk around the shoreline of the island. This tranquil walk is less than twenty minutes and should not be missed. Particularly interesting are the wild flowers and ancient trees. If you have a sharp eye or a pair of binoculars you may be able to pick out the remains of a castle on the adjacent island.
Open April – September, Monday to Saturday 09:30 – 18:30 and Sunday 14:00 – 18:30.
Blair Drummond Safari Park
Another great place for the children with all the usual animals, petting area including Vietnamese Potbelly Pigs, Llamas and sheep. The wild animals include elephants, tigers, giraffes, zebras and white rhinos. Amusements include a Great slide, adventure playground, pedalos on the lake and boat trips to see the monkeys. For those who enjoy barbecues and picnics there is a well equipped area available. Kennels are provided for pets and a Safari Bus for those without a hard topped car.
Open March – October 10:00 – 17:30.
The lowest of the lowland malt distilleries & our local malt (we always try to stock the 10, 12, 17 & 21 yr old) situated at the foot of Dumgoyne, approximately 10 miles from Aberfoyle. The distillery has a short video presentation and guided tours with groups of 10 or more. All tours start on the hour and offer a free taste of their 10 year malt.
Open Monday – Saturday 10:00 – 16:00, Sunday 12:00 – 16:00.
The mighty royal castle of Stirling towers above some of the most important battlefields in Scotland’s history; including the site of Stirling Bridge – William Wallace’s victory over the English in 1297 and Bannockburn where Robert the Bruce defeated the same foe in 1314.
Open all year 09:30 – 18:00 (summer), 17:00 (winter).
It’s well nigh impossible to drive around Stirling without seeing the National Wallace Monument. This 220ft tower dominates the surrounding plain. Take the 240 steps to the top and you’ll enjoy spectacular views.
Open all year with seasonal hours, check before going.
A Few Pictures..
Inversnaid on Loch Lomond
On the Three Lochs Forest Drive
Setting sail on the Lake of Menteith
A Dram Sir?…enjoy the best..