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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.
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.
Allow 1 hour
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.
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.
Allow 1½ hours
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 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.
This quiet woodland is ideal for horse riding and cycling. National Cycle Route 7 links Drymen and Aberfoyle via the Old Drymen Road.
The nearest public toilets are in Drymen.
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.
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.
G63 0EA is the nearest postcode.
The quiter southern end of Loch Ard Forest
The gateway to East Loch Lomond