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We are working hard to make our forests safe again after recent storms. To enjoy your visit safely please plan ahead, follow local signage and park considerately.

Braeval

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Latest forest information

We strongly advise that visitors stay away from all forests for now. Many forests all across Scotland have been seriously affected by strong winds over the weekend, resulting in fallen trees blocking roads and trails. In the event of a safety incident, emergency services would be unable to reach many areas. We are working hard to clear obstructions and hope to welcome you back soon.

  • Work will be taking place in the area during October and November to improve the forest road network at Braeval. The trails remain open but please be aware of construction traffic in the forest.

About

Towering larches and great views over Lake of Menteith

The higher you climb in the woods here, the greater the views over the Lake of Menteith, Flanders Moss and the Campsie Fells and Fintry Hills beyond. In spring there is a carpet of bluebells beneath the stately larches, butterflies flutter in the summer glades and the trees put on a colourful show in autumn.

Walking trails (2)

Walking

Stonefields Trail (closed)

A trail notice is in effect

  • This Trail is currently closed due to fallen trees as a result of Storm Arwen

A peaceful trail through the quiet conifer woodland above Stonefield that is ideal for horse riding.

Mostly wide, firm gravel tracks. Some fairly steep slopes and one section of uneven rock and earth path.

Moderate trail grade icon
2 ¼ miles / 3.5 km

Allow
1½ hours

More information

The trail climbs from the car park and through a stand of statuesque larch trees. It then follows the forest road, with glimpses through the trees over the Lake of Menteith to the Campsie Fells beyond. An old track leads down through the trees and back to the car park through mixed and fairly open conifer plantation.

Walking

Braeval Trail

Climb through towering larches to the foot of the Menteith Hills for views towards the Campsie Fells. The woodland here is bright with bluebells in spring.

Largely firm gravel surface. Long steep slope on uneven rocky path.

Strenuous trail grade icon
¾ miles / 1.2 km

Allow
½ hour

More information

This short trail is particularly appealing in spring, but it’s a great stroll year-round. In summer, butterflies and woodland birds flutter in the summer glades, while the trees are spectacular in their autumn colours.

Activities

Horse riding

This quiet woodland is ideal for horse riding, particularly the Stonefields Trail. You'll find plenty of room for horseboxes in the car park here too.

The Rob Roy Way

The 94 mile Rob Roy Way passes through the forest just north of Braeval car park. The route follows the tracks and paths used by Rob Roy MacGregor, Scotland's most notorious outlaw, linking Drymen to the south with Pitlochry to the north.

Facilities and access

Walking
Walking
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Parking

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

Stay The Night

Our Stay the Night trial has now ended. All participating car parks have now reverted to no overnight parking permitted, in line with all our car parks.

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.

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Getting here

Braeval car park is on the north side of the A81. Depending on the direction you're arriving from, it's 1½ miles east of Aberfoyle or 3 miles west of Port of Menteith.

It's possible to walk or cycle to Braeval from Aberfoyle, following the Rob Roy Way for 1½ miles.

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FK8 3UY is the nearest postcode.

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Tourist information
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Facilities and activities
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