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Aberfoyle

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About

Head uphill or along the river from the centre of historic Aberfoyle

Aberfoyle village lies on the edge of Loch Ard Forest and beside the River Forth, which rises at nearby Loch Ard. Sample the village's history and wildlife on the wooded trails here and discover its strange links with the world of fairies and elves.

Aberfoyle route card (PDF)

Walking trails (1)

Walking

Doon Hill Trail

Climb to the top of Doon Hill to find a solitary Scots pine amongst the oaks. It is thought to mark the entrance to a Fairy Queen’s underground palace.

Uneven gravel path with some narrow, rough rocky and muddy sections, as well as exposed tree roots. Long steep slopes onto Doon Hill.

Strenuous trail grade icon
2 ¼ miles / 3.5 km

Allow
1½ hours

More information

This trail begins by crossing the old stone bridge over the River Forth, then passes an ancient kirk and the cemetery where Reverend Kirk is buried. Once in the forest, the route winds up to the top of Doon Hill. Enjoy the view over Aberfoyle and the hills beyond as you catch your breath.

Look out for the big Scots pine on the summit. Some say it's a fairy tree and a great place to make a wish – or you could try running around it seven times, which is said to make the fairies appear!

A view down a sunny valley from the top of Doon Hill

 

Activities

Historic long distance trails

Look out for fingerposts to two historic routes from Aberfoyle. The Statute Labour Road links Aberfoyle and Loch Arklet and makes a great long distance cycle route to Loch Katrine. The Military Road connects Aberfoyle with the West Highland Way and Loch Lomond at Inversnaid. It was originally built to service the 18th century Inversnaid Garrison.

There are stunning views along these old routes, but do be aware of the distances and remote, open terrain involved.

Facilities and access

Walking
Walking
Toilets
Toilets
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Parking
Easy-access facilities
Easy-access facilities
Cafe or refreshments
Cafe or refreshments
Picnic area
Picnic area
Tourist information
Tourist information

There are public toilets at the car park, and plenty of places to eat, drink and shop in Aberfoyle.

Car parking information

There is no charge to park in this car park. Please park with care and consideration. In particular please park in designated parking areas only and do not block entrances or gates.

More about parking

Getting here

Park at Aberfoyle's Riverside Car Park, just off the main road next to the Trossachs Discovery Centre and Scottish Wool Centre.

Using SatNav?

FK8 3UQ is the nearest postcode.

Public transport

There are regular buses from Stirling to Aberfoyle. Plan your journey at Traveline Scotland.

Get directions

Nearby forests

Waterfall and small stream in a steep sided gorge teeming with green trees, moss and lichen, with an off road path with a woman and dog walking.

The gateway to Queen Elizabeth Forest Park

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
Toilets
Toilets
Parking (charge)
Parking (charge)
All ability trails
All ability trails
Easy-access facilities
Easy-access facilities
Treetop adventure
Treetop adventure
Cafe or refreshments
Cafe or refreshments
Visitor centre
Visitor centre
Orienteering or wayfaring
Orienteering or wayfaring
Picnic area
Picnic area
Tourist information
Tourist information
Distance from 'Aberfoyle': 0.32 miles
Bluebells at Braeval

Towering larches and great views over the Lake of Menteith

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
Parking icon
Parking
Campervan parking
Campervan parking
Distance from 'Aberfoyle': 0.83 miles
View of forest over Loch Ard

A picturesque loch ideal for family strolls and cycle rides

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
Parking icon
Parking
Cycling
Cycling
Horse riding
Horse riding
Campsite
Campsite
Picnic area
Picnic area
Distance from 'Aberfoyle': 0.89 miles

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