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  • Please note that due to harvesting operations to remove diseased larch trees infected with phytophthora ramorum, sections of forest road between Braeval and The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre, and the Rob Roy Way section between Braeval and Aberfoyle, will be closed for apporximately two weeks, starting Friday 19 January. Please follow alternative routes. All promoted trails starting at Braeval remain open.
  • Please be aware of timber haulage on the forest road network at Braeval. All trails remain open but please obey any on site signage and advice from operators.

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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

Walking

Stonefields Trail

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

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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 and relax in the forest glade that’s alive with woodland birdsong.

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

Strenuous trail grade icon
¾ miles / 1.2 km

Allow
½ hour

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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 closed for the season. 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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0300 067 6600 (option 2)
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Oak leaves

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

Facilities and activities
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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
Distance from 'Braeval': 0.83 miles
Child holding cones

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 'Braeval': 0.96 miles
Woodland floor covered in bluebells with sporadic trees rising out of shot.

Relax in this tranquil forest setting. Enjoy a relaxing walk in the Oak woodland or a lazy picnic by the River Forth.

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
Parking icon
Parking
Cycling
Cycling
Picnic area
Picnic area
Distance from 'Braeval': 1.50 miles