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Our visitor centres are currently closed. Our trails for walking and biking, as well as toilets and car parks, remain open. Plan ahead and enjoy your visit safely.

The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre

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COVID-19 update

All FLS visitor centres are currently closed. Walking and mountain bike trails remain open, as do most toilets and car parks, but do check below for local updates for closures.

We want to ensure your visit is an enjoyable and safe one.

Make sure you follow the Scottish Government’s FACTS advice – helping to protect yourself, your family and your local community, and follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code helping to keep Scotland beautiful.

Latest forest information

The former Duke's Trail is no longer a waymarked route. Scroll to the Walk section for further details.

The café at The Lodge is now temporarily closed and therefore will not be offering take away until current Covid-19 lockdown restrictions are eased.

The gateway to Queen Elizabeth Forest Park

With trails suitable for all, tree top adventures, a great café, toilets and plenty of information, this should be your first stop when it comes to exploring Queen Elizabeth Forest Park.

Enjoy panoramic views and scenic trails, from a gentle stroll to a waterfall past a monument commemorating the Women's Timber Corps, better known as the Lumberjills, to more strenuous routes through lofty woods and rocky crags.

Guide map to Queen Elizabeth Forest Park (PDF 4.7MB)

Visit Scotland five star award Green Tourism gold award

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Walking trails

Walking

Waterfall Trail

A pleasant stroll through the trees past a monument to the Women's Timber Corps, leading to a dramatic waterfall that appears as if by magic. Plenty of places to sit or play along the way.

Wide, firm gravel surface throughout, with some loose stones. Long gentle slope for 400m with some short moderate sections. Short section of uneven wooden boardwalk.

Easy (all abilities) trail grade icon
1 miles / 1.8 km

Allow
½ hour

More information

Look out for reflective artworks and feel the breeze beside the tumbling waterfall. Wind back up to The Lodge from here or continue through towering Norway spruce and over an arched wooden bridge to reach the Red Squirrel Hide.

The women's timbers corps bronze statue in autumn
The WTC statue at The Lodge, on the Waterfall Trail. Image: WTC
Walking

Oak Coppice Trail

A scenic walk through ancient oak woodland that is cloaked in velvety green lichens – a sure sign of the clean air up here.

Largely firm gravel surface, with a few uneven sections. Several short steep slopes and one short flight of steps.

Moderate trail grade icon
1 ¾ miles / 2.9 km

Allow
1 hour

More information

This is an atmospheric meander amongst ancient oak trees that were once coppiced every 15 years or so, stimulating new growth from the stumps. The new stems could be used for building, fuel and to make charcoal for iron smelting.

A woodland trail with moss covered trees

Walking

Duke’s Trail (closed)

A trail notice is in effect

  • The Dukes Trail is no longer a promoted trail. The waymarkers and damaged bridge have been removed and we are working to complete a route to allow for a new waymarked blue trail to The Craigmore viewpoint offering spectacular views across the Forth Valley in the coming months. The red waymarked, ‘Lime Craig trail’ offers an alternative 6.5km loop from The Lodge.

Follow in the footsteps of the Duke of Montrose, climbing above Duke’s Pass for great views before passing through Achray Forest’s stately spruce woods.

Varied surface, with some long fairly steep sections. Narrow and uneven rocky path with some muddy parts.

Strenuous trail grade icon
4 miles / 6.5 km

Allow
2½ hours

More information

This longer trail follows an old drovers’ road to The Duke’s Pass, named after the Duke of Montrose who had this scenic road built through his estate in the 19th century. Cool off at the waterfall or visit the Red Squirrel Hide at the end of the trail.

An aerial view of Dukes Pass in autumn

Walking

Lime Craig Trail

A fair climb through the forest to Lime Craig for magnificent views over the Carse of Stirling and along the Highland Boundary Fault.

Sustained steep slope for 700m up to Lime Craig, but largely firm gravel surface. Rough rocky section for further 250m up to viewpoint which can be avoided. Includes two bridges.

Strenuous trail grade icon
4 miles / 6.6 km

Allow
2½ hours

More information

Part of this trail follows the route of the old gravity railway that was used to transport limestone extracted from the quarry on Lime Craig. The best views are from the summit of the craig. On a fine day, you’ll see Ben Lomond, Ben Venue and Ben Ledi as well as getting a bird’s eye view south over the low-lying Flanders Moss and Carse of Stirling to the Campsie Fells beyond.

A creek beside a trail with trees to the side

Activities

Watch for wildlife

This is a great place to watch wildlife – there’s the easy-to-reach Red Squirrel Hide as well as live wildlife camera feeds in the Visitor Centre, featuring ospreys, red squirrels, water voles and other amazing animals found in the Forest Park. The Aberfoyle Osprey camera feed is available online here.

a red squirrel clinging to a tree at the lodge

Go Ape tree top adventure

The Lodge is also home to the award winning Go Ape. If you want a bird’s eye view of the forest or to leap through the canopy like a red squirrel, then this is the place to be.

Someone on a zip line at GoApe, with the sky above.

Orienteering

If you want to test your navigation skills and see some bits of the forest most visitors don't then why not pick up a free orienteering map from reception. We have three courses to choose from that vary in length and navigational difficulty - great for families with young children, or anyone seeking something more challenging than a sign-posted route.

A close-up shot of three people looking at a map

Facilities & access

Toilets
Parking (charge)
Easy-access facilities
Cafe or refreshments
Visitor centre
Picnic area
Tourist information

Opening hours

The Lodge visitor centre is currently closed.

The Lodge Cafe is currently open for takeaway at weekends only, from 10am to 3:30pm. Toilets are also available during these times.

Car parking charges

  • £1 for up to 1 hour
  • £3 for all day
  • £12 for minibus and coach all day

Annual passes are also available to purchase from the visitor centre:

  • £40 for cars
  • £100 for mini bus/coach

Dogs

Water and sheltered tie-up points are available outside the visitor centre. No dogs (except assistance dogs) are allowed in the café area.

Getting here

The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre is 1 mile north of Aberfoyle on the A821. Follow signs for 'Forest Park Visitor Centre'.

National Cycle Route 7 passes through the Forest Park.

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FK8 3SX is the nearest postcode.

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0300 067 6615
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