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Braeval Forest Notices

COVID-19 has changed lots of things we do. And as we re-open the majority of our facilities and welcome more of you back in Phase 3, we need your help to do it safely. Please check what’s open before you travel; enjoy your visit safely by following NHS and Scottish Government guidance; take your litter home with you; and follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.

At this location:

  • The car park is open and normal charges (if any) now apply.

Please bear with us and check back regularly for updates. You can also find more information by visiting our COVID-19 page and our FAQs.

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


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.

2 ¼ miles / 3.5 km

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.


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.

¾ miles / 1.2 km

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.


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 & access


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

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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