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We look forward to welcoming you this summer. To enjoy your visit safely please plan ahead, follow local signage and park considerately.

Garadhban

Where we are

COVID-19 update

Enjoy your visit safely:

  • Read our Covid-19 Information in advance of your visit.
  • Most of our forests and facilities are open, but use our website to check before you travel.
  • Do not light campfires or use disposable barbecues.
  • Park considerately, taking care not to park on verges or block gates or roads.

No access to car park 2-6 August

Stirling Council have announced that Old Gartmore Road will be closed from Monday 2 to Friday 6 August between 8am and 6pm for road resurfacing works. It will not be possible to access Garadhban car park during this time.

About

Remote woodland in the hills above Drymen

Enjoy a peaceful meander through quiet woods on foot, bike or horseback – or be more adventurous and join one of the long distance trails that pass through the forest.

Map of Garadhban forest trails (PDF 740KB)

Walking trails (2)

Walking

Millburn Trail

A tranquil trail through varied conifers with views over Loch Lomond. Look out for roe deer, red squirrels and various woodland birds.

Uneven gravel surface with some grassy and muddy sections. Includes one fairly steep slope and a section along the road.

Moderate trail grade icon
1 ¾ miles / 2.8 km

Allow
1 hour

More information

Look out for roe deer and red squirrels as you go, and listen for siskin, long tailed tit, willow warbler and woodpecker in the conifer canopy overhead.

Walking

Craigievern Trail

A quiet trail that is ideal on foot or horseback. Broad vistas of the Campsie Fells and Kirkpatrick Hills.

Generally firm gravel track. Section of uneven grass and gravel surface with some muddy areas. Some long moderate slopes for up to 600m. One road crossing.

Moderate trail grade icon
2 ¾ miles / 4.5 km

Allow
1½ hours

Activities

The West Highland Way

The West Highland Way, Scotland’s best known long distance trail, stretches 96 miles from Milngavie near Glasgow to Fort William. The route curves through Garadhban forest on its way to Loch Lomond.

The Rob Roy Way

The 94 mile Rob Roy Way begins in Drymen and turns off here into Loch Ard Forest on its way to Aberfoyle and ultimately Pitlochry. The route follows the tracks and paths used by Rob Roy MacGregor, Scotland's most notorious outlaw.

National Cycle Route 7

This quiet woodland is ideal for horse riding and cycling. National Cycle Route 7 links Drymen and Aberfoyle via the Old Drymen Road.

Facilities and access

Walking
Walking
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Parking
Campervan parking
Campervan parking

The nearest public toilets are in Drymen.

Stay The Night

Motorhomes and campervans that are self-contained and have their own toilet facilities will be able to stay overnight at the Garadhban car park from 26 April – 31 October 2021. This does not include overnight tent camping or car parking.  

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

  • Height barrier – No
  • Motorhome capacity of car park – 5
  • Suitable for large vehicles/caravans – No
  • Access notes – Single track public road.
  • Parking notes – Please keep access clear. Leave 4m 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

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.

More about parking

Getting here

Garadhban car park is on the west side of the minor road that links Drymen and Gartmore. From the centre of Drymen, turn onto Old Gartmore Road (between The Clachan Inn and the Peleton bike shop) and head north for 1 ½ miles. From Gartmore village - which is well signposted from the A81 south of Aberfoyle - follow signs to Drymen for 5 miles.

Using SatNav?

G63 0EA is the nearest postcode.

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Nearby forests

Golden grass infront of a confier woodland with wooded monroe in the background and stormy clouds

The quiter southern end of Loch Ard Forest

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
Parking icon
Parking
Distance from 'Garadhban': 2.14 miles
Forested island in Loch Lomond

Take a 7 mile drive along the famous 'bonny banks'

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
Toilets
Toilets
Parking (charge)
Parking (charge)
Easy-access facilities
Easy-access facilities
Campsite
Campsite
Picnic area
Picnic area
Distance from 'Garadhban': 2.33 miles
View of forest over Loch Ard

A picturesque loch ideal for family strolls and cycle rides

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
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Parking
Cycling
Cycling
Horse riding
Horse riding
Campsite
Campsite
Picnic area
Picnic area
Distance from 'Garadhban': 6.57 miles

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Phone
0300 067 6600 (option 2)
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