Great things to do in and around The Great Trossachs Forest.

'Royal' Glen Finglas

Full Day ActivityThis luscious, historical and cultural landscape is being returned to wood pasture that once attracted Scotland’s Kings.

Glen Finglas used to be a royal hunting grounds and has some of the finest ancient woodland pasture remaining in Britain. There is a network of paths enabling you to explore the Glen Finglas Estate.

For details of the trail, download the Glen Finglas leaflet

Inversnaid RSPB Reserve

Half Day ActivityThe RSPB reserve offers excellent birdwatching opportunities, especially in spring and summer. The nature trail in the oak woodland offers stunning views over Loch Lomond and The Garrison Track offers spectacular views up the glen.

Look for the Art and Literature Trail to find out why a number of poets were inspired by the people, water and buildings at Inversnaid

Brenachoile Point

Half Day ActivityBrenachoile Point is a great picnic spot and an ideal location to take in the spectacular vista of Loch Katrine.

From the Trossachs Pier, follow the north shore of the Loch for an hour’s walk on a paved road to Brenachoile Point. Along the way, take in some of the history of the area by following the art and literature trail and find out about Sir Walter Scott and the other myths and legends surrounding Loch Katrine

Samson's Putting Stone & Dunmore Fort

Half Day ActivityDunmore Fort at Milton (park at Kilmahog, Bochastle or the Gartochonzie layby) is an Iron Age Fort which can still be seen today.

Its name derives from the Gaelic Dun Mhor which means large fort. Local legend states that Samson’s Puttin’ Stone was dropped on the top of the hill by a giant, although it is more likely that it is a great example of a glacial erratic (a rock deposited by a glacier).

Little Druim Wood

Half Day ActivityLittle Drum Wood is beautiful ancient woodland nestled between the A821 and Loch Venachar.

The wood offers year round beauty from the spectacular autumnal colours through to the bluebells and wild flowers in Spring and Summer.

Park at the Lendrick Hill car park to start the Natural Play and Sculpture trail. Alternative parking is available at the Little Druim car park. The loop walk is a half hour trail through the woodland offering spectacular views of Lendrick Hill.There is also access to Venachar lochside.

The Falls of Leny

Half Day ActivityThe Falls of Leny lie on what was one of the main routes into the Highlands.

The Romans found the going tough and stopped at Kilmahog, but there are good, easy walks and great views. The Falls are about a mile after Kilmahog and can be reached by walking along part of the Rob Roy Way (park at either FCS Strathyre cabins car park or Bochastle car park).

If you’re feeling energetic, you can walk here from Callander town centre along the old railway line- the start of The Great Trossachs Path.

Historic Brig o' Turk

Half Day ActivityThe village, with its old houses and ‘bicycle tree’ was made famous by a group of  artists called The Glasgow Boys, notably Sir James Guthrie, whose atmospheric painting of a Highland Funeral was painted here.

You can visit the ruin of the building in the painting just after the 'Brig o’ Michael' bridge. The village tearoom was featured in the film The 39 Steps. Not far from the tea room is the famous bicycle tree.

 

Sail Loch Katrine

Soak up the spectacular scenery of the Trossachs whilst sailing on the Steamship Sir Walter Scott.

There are regular daily sailings from the Trossachs Pier to either Stronachlachar Pier or directly returning to the Trossachs Pier.

Bracklin' Falls

Half Day ActivityThere are some great, gentle walks around the Bracklin Falls in and around Callander.

The Lodge

The Lodge is the Forestry Commission’s Visitor Centre, a mile north of Aberfoyle on the A821.

The Lodge is a great base for a day of walking, cycling and adventure.

Adventure: If you have a head for heights, try out the superb Go Ape high wire adventure course through the treetops.

Walks: There are several way-marked walks starting and ending at the Lodge. You can reward yourself with the excellent homebakes in the Cafe!

  • Lime Craig
  • Dukes Trail
  • Oak Coppice Trail
  • Waterfall Trail
  • Nature Play Trail

Wildlife: The Visitor Centre also has live wildlife cameras and other wildlife displays, and a programme of events.

Cycle routes: There’s a link from the Lodge to National Cycle Route 7

Three Lochs Forest Drive

Half Day ActivityIf you’d prefer to take in the scenery from the comfort of your car, there is a forest drive, open April - October, which takes you through 7.5 miles of winding forest roads, with superb views along the way.