Here are some ideas for the best and most varied ways to enjoy a full day out in The Great Trossachs Forest

Loch Katrine by boat, bike or boot

Depending on you activity level there are plenty ways to experience enjoy the stunning scenery celebrated in Sir Walter Scott’s poem ‘The Lady of the Lake’. A trip on the Steam Ship Sir Walter Scott is an experience to remember and can be combined with lunch at The Pier Tearoom and a short walk around Stronachlachar before returning by the steamship. For up to date sailing times, visit the Loch Katrine website.

For those wishing to add more adventure to their day out, take the Steamship Sir Walter Scott to Stronachlachar and then return either on foot or by bike along the tarmac north shore (some short hilly sections). An exhilarating cycle along the shores of Loch Katrine is a great way to experience the Loch and to see local wildlife. Look out for pine marten, red squirrel and pied flycatchers. Bikes can be hired from Katrine Wheelz at the Trossachs Pier (electric bikes are also available).

Forests of the past, present and future along the Meall loop

For the fit and adventurous, walk or cycle the strenuous and dramatic Meall loop. Starting from the Glen Finglas Visitor Gateway in the Lendrick Hill car park, the trail climbs through woodland through newly establishing woodland to above the reservoir with spectacular views towards Glens Finglas and Meann. The loop travels up Glen Meann where new woodlands are establishing on the hill side to a summit of 600 metres. It then descends steeply into Glen Finglas, the former royal hunting grounds and some of the finest ancient woodland pasture remaining in Britain.

Click here for details of the trail or pop into the new Glen Finglas Visitor Gateway in the Lendrick Hill car park just outside Brig o' Turk.

A Ben with a view: Ben Venue

It takes at least 3 hours to walk to the summit of Ben Venue but the views from the top are definitely worth the effort.

Starting from the Ben Venue car park at the west end of Loch Achray on A821, the Ben Venue hill path takes you on forest roads and paths until you reach open moorland. The route here can be very wet and boggy, so make sure you come prepared. After a steep rocky ascent you are rewarded with superb views from the summit (around 600m). Return is by the same route. Allow 5 - 6 hours and beware of attempting this route in winter conditions. Please note parking charges apply (£3 for a day).

For a flavour of the landscape and views watch our literature and legends film. For up to date information on this route see the Forestry Commission Scotland website