Garadhban Forest Notices
COVID-19 has changed lots of things we do. And as we re-open the majority of our facilities and welcome more of you back in Phase 3, we need your help to do it safely. Please check what’s open before you travel; enjoy your visit safely by following NHS and Scottish Government guidance; take your litter home with you; and follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.
At this location:
- The car park is open and normal charges (if any) now apply.
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.
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
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 & access
The nearest public toilets are in Drymen.
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.
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