Short Walks in The Great Trossachs Forest

All the walks featured in this section are less than 3 miles (5 kilometres) in length and will take a maximum of 1.5 hours to walk.

Click on the plus to find more detail of each walk. For a flavour of the landscape and views, watch our exploring The Great Trossachs Forest short film.

Samsons Stone (2km)

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 Name  Samsons Stone (Woodland Trust Scotland)
 Distance  2 km
 Time  50 minutes
 Gradient/ difficulty  Medium
Car park

 Bochastle (Forestry Commission Scotland)

A821, Kilmahog, nr Callander

 Type of path  Rough- waymarked only
 Walk description

 A steep waymarked route leads to Samsons Stone- a large boulder placed there by a strongman named Samson.

 Walk features  Views, Unique feature
 Nearby facilities  The Lade Inn & Callander Town
 Details of route

 From the Bochastle car park, take the track near the entrance into Woodland Trust Estate. Follow the path until the small steps on the right. Follow the blue arrow waymarkers to the top of the hill and either descend the same way, or return via the western slope (towards the iron age fort).

For more details- see Woodland Trust Glen Finglas leaflet

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inversnaid Woodland Trail (45 mins)

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 Name  Woodland Trail (RSPB Scotland)
 Distance  2 km
 Time  45 minutes/ 1.5 hours from car park
 Gradient/ difficulty  Medium
 Car park

 Inversnaid Hotel car park,

Inversnaid, FK8 3TU

 Type of path  Rough path with steps
 Walk description

 Starting and ending on the West Highland Way, this short but rewarding walk takes you up a steep slope to a view point with stunning views over Loch Lomond. Can be muddy in places

 Walk features  Views, woodland, bluebells
 Nearby facilities

 Inversnaid Hotel

 Public Toilet and visitor information at RSPB Garrison car park, Inversnaid

 Details of route

 From the Inversnaid hotel car park, follow the West Highland Way north (Loch Lomond is on your left). After approximately a mile, take the track on the right (signed woodland trail) and follow the loop walk through Pollochro woods. When the trail rejoins the West Highland Way, turn left to return back to the car park.

 For more details- see RSPB's Inversnaid leaflet

   
Inversnaid Upland Trail (1.6km)

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 Name  Upland Trail (RSPB Scotland)
 Distance  1.6km
 Time  1 hour 
 Gradient/ difficulty  Easy
 Car park

 RSPB Garrison car park,

Inversnaid, FK8 3TU

 Type of path  Rough path
 Walk description

 This gentle walk takes you up to a restored sheep fank (an excellent picnic spot!), through pasture and open hillsides along the Snaid burn. See historic ruins and evidence of farming from Rob Roy's time.
Note: there may be livestock along the way - please keep your dog on a lead

 Walk features  Views, history
 Nearby facilities

 RSPB Visitor Gateway at Garrison car park

 Public Toilet and visitor information available

 Details of route

 From the Garrison car park, go through the gate and follow the track into the glen. The track leads directly to the sheep fank. 

 For more details- see RSPB's Inversnaid leaflet

   
Little Druim Wood- Natural Play and Sculpture Trail (1.5km)

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 Name  Little Druim Wood- Natural Play and Sculpture Trail (Woodland Trust Scotland)
 Distance  1.5km
 Time  30 minutes
 Gradient/ difficulty  Easy
 Car park

 Lendrick Hill (Woodland Trust Scotland)

A821, nr Brig o' Turk, FK17 8HR

 Type of path  Path
 Walk description

 This short walk leads you through ancient woodland of Little Druim Wood to a viewpoint overlooking Lendrick Hill. Along the way are a series of play features and sculptures. Keep your eyes peeled for Clach the Troll. 

The bluebells are particularly spectacular in spring

 Walk features  Woodland, play trail, bluebells
 Nearby facilities

Glen Finglas Visitor Gateway, Lendrick Hill car park

 Public Toilet and visitor information available

The Byre Inn and Brig o' Turk tea room in Brig o' Turk

 Details of route

 From the Lendrick Hill car park follow the green waymarker arrows to the east of the car park, passing through the woodland to the Woodland Trust estate office. After crossing the road (A821), turn right and after a short climb, follow the loop walk on the left. On completing the loop return the same way by crossing the road near to the office.

 For more details- see WTS's Natural Play Trail leaflet

   
Drippan loop (1km)

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 Name  Drippan loop (Woodland Trust Scotland)
 Distance  less than 1 km
 Time  30 minutes
 Gradient/ difficulty  Medium
Car park

 Lendrick Hill car park (Woodland Trust Scotland)

A821, nr Brig o' Turk, FK17 8HR

 Type of path  Path
 Walk description

 A steep walk through the Lendrick Hill oak woodland leading to Drippan farmstead, with superb views over Loch Venachar to Achray Forest and Ben Venue. It’s steep at the start but you’re rewarded with a great view at the top!

During the summer months this route also has six feely boxes positioned around the path with hidden natural objects than you can feel and guess what’s in the box

 Walk features  Woodland, Views, Bluebells, Gateway
 Nearby facilities   Glen Finglas Visitor Gateway, Lendrick Hill car park

 Public Toilet and visitor information available

The Byre Inn and Brig o' Turk tea room in Brig o' Turk

 Details of route

 From the Lendrick Hill car park, follow the yellow waymarker arrows and cross the bridge and go through the gate into the woodland. Stay left as you climb the hill to Drippan farmstead. Return back to the car park by following the trail back down just after the Drippan ruins.

For more details- see Woodland Trust Glen Finglas leaflet

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brig o' Turk loop (3km)

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 Name  Brig o' Turk loop (Woodland Trust Scotland)
 Distance  3 km
 Time  1.5 hours
 Gradient/ difficulty  Easy
Car park

 Lendrick Hill car park (Woodland Trust Scotland)

A821, nr Brig o' Turk, FK17 8HR

 Type of path  Path
 Walk description

 A low level path passing through historic Brig o' Turk and the Mires - the old curling pond which is now a Site of Special Scientific Interest  and home to an array  of plants, mosses and dragonflies

 Walk features  Village, Unique feature, Gateway, Wildlife, History
 Nearby facilities   Glen Finglas Visitor Gateway, Lendrick Hill car park

 Public Toilet and visitor information available

The Byre Inn and Brig o' Turk tea room is in Brig o' Turk

 Details of route

 From the Lendrick Hill car park head west following the blue waymarker arrows along the path next to the main road (A821) then follow the boardwalk through the Mires. At the bottom of the hill, go through the kissing gate and cross the  single track road in Brig o' Turk, follow the path along the river before returning via the village to the Visitor Gateway Centre and Lendrick Hill Car Park. 

To extend your walk turn north after the kissing gate which will lead you towards Glen Finglas dam and  Ruskin’s viewpoint overlooking  the waterfalls  on the River Turk.

For more details- see Woodland Trust Glen Finglas leaflet

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Druim loop (2km)

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 Name Druim loop (Woodland Trust Scotland)
 Distance  2 km
 Time  45 minutes
 Gradient/ difficulty  Medium
Car park

 Lendrick Hill car park (Woodland Trust Scotland)

A821, nr Brig o' Turk, FK17 8HR

 Type of path  Rough Path
 Walk description

 Passing through woodland and open grazing land called The Druim, this loop walk offers spectacular views towards Brig o’ Turk, Lendrick Hill, Achray Forest and Ben Venue. In summer the druim is alive with meadow pippits, marsh orchids & bog cotton swaying in the wind. It is also a great place to see birds of prey & to sit and enjoy the tranquility.

The track is liable to be muddy.

 Walk features  Views, Gateway, Woodland, Bluebells, Wildlife
 Nearby facilities   Glen Finglas Visitor Gateway, Lendrick Hill car park

 Public Toilet and visitor information available

The Byre Inn and Brig o' Turk tea room in Brig o' Turk

 Details of route

 From the Lendrick Hill car park take the track to the east of the car park following the pink waymarker arrows, passing through the woodland to the Woodland Trust estate office. After crossing the road, turn right and after a short climb, take the track to the right which leads to the open grazing land called the Druim. Return back to the car park by crossing the road at the gate and then taking the path to the right.

For more details- see Woodland Trust Glen Finglas leaflet

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lower Lendrick loop (2.5km)

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 Name  Lower Lendrick loop (Woodland Trust Scotland)
 Distance  2.5km
 Time  1 hour
 Gradient/ difficulty  Medium
Car park

 Lendrick Hill car park (Woodland Trust Scotland)

A821, nr Brig o' Turk, FK17 8HR

 Type of path  Path
 Walk description

A steep but worthwhile trail from the Lendrick Hill car park up through the Royal Mail Grove (new woodland), with superb views over Loch Venachar to Achray Forest and Ben Venue.

 Walk features  Woodland, Views, Bluebells, Gateway
 Nearby facilities   Glen Finglas Visitor Gateway, Lendrick Hill car park

 Public Toilet and visitor information available

The Byre Inn and Brig o' Turk tea room in Brig o' Turk

 Details of route

 From the Lendrick Hill car park follow the brown waymarker arrows along the track to the east of the car park, passing through the woodland to the Woodland Trust estate office. After crossing the road (A821), turn left and walk along the pavement until you can cross the main road. Passing through a couple of gates you climb up Lendrick Hill and then meet up with the other Lendrick Hill trails above Drippan farmstead.

For more details- see Woodland Trust Glen Finglas leaflet

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ruskin viewpoint (2km)

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 Name  Ruskin Viewpoint (Woodland Trust Scotland)
 Distance  2 km
 Time  45 mins
 Gradient/ difficulty  Easy
Car park

 Dam Road car park (Woodland Trust Scotland)

Finglas Road, Brig o' Turk, FK17 8HT

 Type of path  Private Road
 Walk description

A short walk along a private road to the site where the famous portrait of Ruskin was painted by Millais in 1853. Continue along the road to the Brig o' Turk dam which offers spectacular views up Glen Finglas as well as an impressive waterfall after lots of rain.

To make this walk slightly longer combine it with the Brig o' Turk loop walk and park at the Lendrick Hill car park.

 Walk features  History, River, Art & Literature Trail
 Nearby facilities

The Byre Inn and Brig o' Turk tea room in Brig o' Turk

Glen Finglas Visitor Gateway, Lendrick Hill car park

 Public Toilet and visitor information available

 Details of route

 From the Dam Road car park, take the private road along the river (left hand fork in the road). The Ruskin view point can be found leading from a track on the left before the bridge across the river.

For more details- see Woodland Trust Glen Finglas leaflet or The Great Trossachs Path leaflet.

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loch Achray (1km)

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 Name

Loch Achray (Forestry Commission Scotland)
 Distance  1 km
 Time  30 minutes
 Gradient/ difficulty  Medium
Car park

 Loch Achray, Dukes Pass (Forestry Commission Scotland)

A821 on Dukes Pass

 Type of path  Rough Path
 Walk description

 Short loop walk passing through young woodland and offering great views over Loch Achray.

 Walk features  Views, Woodland, Lochside, Youth campsite
 Nearby facilities   Public Toilet and visitor information available at Trossachs Pier

Brig o' Turk, Aberfoyle and Callander are all nearby

 Details of route

 From the Loch Achray car park follow the green loop walk which starts from the Forest Drive (take the trail to the left from the car park)

For more details- see Forestry Commission's Queen Elizabeth Forest Park leaflet or for up to date information about this trail- see the Forestry Commission website

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dunmore Fort (3.5 km)

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 Name

Dunmore Fort (Woodland Trust Scotland)
 Distance  3.5 km
 Time  1 hour
 Gradient/ difficulty  Medium
Car park

 Bochastle car park (Forestry Commission Scotland)

A821 on nr Kilmahog

 Type of path  Rough Path & informal route
 Walk description

 This walk takes you to the top of a small hill where there is an iron age fort: Dunmore Fort. The visible remnants are a series of banks and ditches. The knoll also offers great views over Loch Venachar. 

 Walk features  Views, History
 Nearby facilities

  The Lade Inn pub is in Kilmahog

Callander is nearby

 Details of route

 From the Bochastle car park follow The Great Trossachs Path past Samson's Stone. The iron age fort spur route is waymarked from the path. Return to the car park the same way.

For more details- see Woodland Trust Scotland Glen Finglas leaflet or see The Great Trossachs Path leaflet

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Craig Noran Viewpoint

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 Name

Craig Noran Viewpoint (Forestry Commission Scotland)
 Distance  1 km
 Time  30 mins
 Gradient/ difficulty  Medium
Car park

 Ben Venue (Forestry Commission Scotland)

A821 on nr to Loch Katrine

Note parking charges apply

 Type of path  Rough Path
 Walk description

 This short loop walk goes through some new woodland and offers views towards Ben Venue and over Loch Achray. 

 Walk features  Views, Woodland
 Nearby facilities

  Toilet, cafe and information is available at the Trossachs Pier.

Brig o' Turk and Aberfoyle are nearby.

 Details of route

 From the Ben Venue car park follow the blue trail from the car park

For more details see the Forestry Commission website