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Duke's Pass

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A winding road through magnificent Trossachs scenery

This popular public road, regarded as one of Britain's best drives, leads you through some of the most scenic parts of the Trossachs. It was originally built by the Duke of Montrose in the 19th century to improve access to his estate. Later it was upgraded to accommodate the Victorian tourists drawn to the area after the publication of Sir Walter Scott's epic poem 'The Lady of the Lake' which celebrates the beauty of Loch Katrine.

Facilities and access

Walking
Walking
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Stay the Night

The nearest facilities to the Duke's Pass can be found at The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre, 1 mile north of Aberfoyle.

Stay the Night

Stay the Night continues to run through to 31 October 2024. This means self-contained motorhomes and campervans will be able to park overnight for one night at the Leannach car park (midway along the Duke's Pass route).

There is a £7 charge to Stay the Night at this car park. Payment can be made through RingGo with details of how to do this at each car park.

To help plan your stay, please see the details below:

  • Height barrier – No
  • Motorhome capacity of car park – 4
  • Suitable for large vehicles/caravans – Yes
  • Parking notes - Stay the Night only available at the Leannach car park, approximately half way along the Duke's Pass route. Please leave a 4m gap between other motorhomes.

Please visit our Stay the Night page for full details, participating locations, best practice, and terms and conditions of use.

Stay the night

Getting here

The Duke's Pass is the public road that links Aberfoyle and Loch Katrine. The section of the A821 that runs between Aberfoyle and Loch Achray makes up the bulk of it.

The best place to start exploring is The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre, 1 mile north of Aberfoyle.

You will find various layby parking areas along the road. Please park with consideration and do not block pedestrian and vehicle access points. Do consider public and active transport if available and possible.

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FK8 3SX is the postcode for The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre at the southern end of the Pass.

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0300 067 6600 (option 2)
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Nearby forests

Young couple looking down forest track

Enjoy classic Trossachs scenery from your car

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
Toilets
Toilets
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Parking
Cycling
Cycling
Viewpoint
Viewpoint
Forest drive
Forest drive
Horse riding
Horse riding
Picnic area
Picnic area
Distance from 'Duke's Pass': 0.78 miles
Looking towards Ben Venue over Achray forest

Walk to a low-level viewpoint or begin your high hill climb

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
Parking (charge)
Parking (charge)
Distance from 'Duke's Pass': 1.26 miles
Boots walking up a slope

Climb the Trossachs' famous 'mountain in miniature'

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
Parking (charge)
Parking (charge)
Distance from 'Duke's Pass': 1.35 miles