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  • From Monday 12 February: All trails and the car park will be closed for public safety. Felling will take place at a new harvesting site to remove larch trees infected with Phytophthora ramorum. The West Highland Way will be diverted through Drymen. The Rob Roy Way route through Garadhban will be closed, with the route through Drymen still open. The NCR 7 will be open as normal. At times traffic lights will be used on Old Drymen Road when felling is occurring by the roadside. Please follow any onsite signage and diversion routes. 
  • From Sunday 11 February: Stay the Night will not operate until the works are finished.

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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

Walking

Millburn Trail (closed)

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 ½ miles / 2.5 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 (closed)

A quiet trail that is ideal on foot or on horseback. It provides broad vistas of the Campsie and Fintry 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
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Stay the Night

The nearest public toilets are in Drymen.

Stay the Night

We are trialling an extension of Stay the Night to run over winter this year. This means motorhomes and campervans that are self-contained and have their own toilet facilities will be able to stay overnight at this car park until Saturday 10 February. Please note from Monday 12 Febraury Stay the Night will no longer be available at this car park.

There is a £7 charge to Stay the Night at all participating car parks. 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 – 1
  • Suitable for large vehicles/caravans – No
  • Parking notes – Car park on slight slope - levelling blocks recommended. 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

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.

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G63 0EA is the nearest postcode.

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0300 067 6600 (option 2)
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Golden grass in front of a conifer woodland with wooded mountain in the background and stormy clouds

The quieter southern end of Loch Ard Forest

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Parking
Distance from 'Garadhban': 2.14 miles
a large tree in a conifer forest

The gateway to East Loch Lomond

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
Toilets
Toilets
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Parking
Easy-access facilities
Easy-access facilities
Visitor centre
Visitor centre
Campsite
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Picnic area
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Distance from 'Garadhban': 2.24 miles
a shoreline in autumn

Oakwood trails that pass a lochside pebbly beach

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Toilets
Toilets
Walking
Walking
Parking (charge)
Parking (charge)
Easy-access facilities
Easy-access facilities
Campsite
Campsite
Tourist information
Tourist information
Distance from 'Garadhban': 4.96 miles