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We are working hard to make our forests safe again after recent storms. Many remain closed; please plan ahead and follow all local signage.

Garadhban

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Latest forest information

Forests all across Scotland have been seriously affected by recent storms. We are doing everything we can to make our forests safe for visitors, communities, forest businesses and our staff. However, many of our forests remain closed while others have significant diversions and access restrictions for the foreseeable future. Please keep safe and follow all closure notices and safety signage.

  • We have recently had to fell larch trees infected with the disease Phytophthora Ramorum in the Garadhban area. Find out more information about how to protect our forest from tree disease.
  • Ditching and flailing work on the forest road network at Garadhban is due to be carried out w/c 29 November 
  • Please be aware that you may experince some delays when out in this area.
  • The trails will not be closed, but onsite bankpersons may have to ask you to wait while they make the worskite safe to pass.
  • Some sections of trail may be diverted while the work is staggered. Please follow any on site signage and advice from operators. 

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.

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

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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

The nearest public toilets are in Drymen.

Stay The Night

Our Stay the Night trial has now ended. 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

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 in front of a conifer woodland with wooded mountain in the background and stormy clouds

The quiter southern end of Loch Ard Forest

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
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Parking
Distance from 'Garadhban': 2.14 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 'Garadhban': 5.29 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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