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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.
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.
Allow 1½ hours
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.
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.
Allow ½ hour
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.
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 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.
There are public toilets and plenty of places to eat, drink and shop at Aberfoyle.
Motorhomes and campervans that are self-contained and have their own toilet facilities will be able to stay overnight at this car park from 1 April – 31 October 2022.
To help plan your stay, please see the details below:
Please visit our Stay the Night page for full details, participating locations, best practice, and terms and conditions of use.
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.
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.
FK8 3UY is the nearest postcode.
Head uphill or along the river from the centre of historic Aberfoyle
The gateway to Queen Elizabeth Forest Park