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Three Lochs Forest Drive

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- The Green waymarked Achray Viewpoint Trail is currently CLOSED. Please follow all on site signage and advice from on site staff.

Open water

  • This destination contains areas of open water which can be hazardous if you are not suitably prepared. Follow our water safety advice and take care.

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Enjoy classic Trossachs scenery from your car

The 7 mile long Forest Drive takes you past three picturesque lochs – Lochan Reòidhte, Loch Drunkie and Loch Achray.

If you can tear your eyes away from the breathtaking Trossachs scenery, watch out for woodland and watery wildlife too. Glimpse deer amongst the trees, listen for the chatter of woodland birds and red squirrels and – if you're lucky – spot an osprey fishing on one of the lochs.

There's something for everyone along the route, including short, easy trails and a picnic site beside peaceful Loch Drunkie. You'll find accessible toilets and plenty of parking there too. 

Walking trails

Three Lochs Forest Drive route card (PDF)

Walking

Achray Trail (closed)

A trail notice is in effect

- The Achray Trail is currently closed due to damage to the footbridge. We hope to have this repaired in the coming months.

 

Amble down through the birch and pine along the Allt a’ Cham-ruidhe stream to reach the viewpoints overlooking Loch Achray and across to the summit of Ben A’an.

Uneven rock and earth path. Several steep slopes and occasional muddy sections. Two bridges. Look out for vehicles along the forest drive.

Moderate trail grade icon
¾ miles / 1.2 km

Allow
½ hour

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This trail starts from the Achray car park, which is close to the end of the Three Lochs Forest Drive. Look across Loch Achray to spot the turrets of the former hotel, Tigh Mor (Gaelic for ‘Big House’). You’ll also see the picturesque little Trossachs Kirk, parish church for the nearby village of Brig o’ Turk.

Walking

Loch Drunkie Trail

A charming walk along the oak-lined shore of Loch Drunkie, returning through the quiet woodland above where red squirrels can often be found.

Firm gravel surface with loose or uneven sections. Long moderate slopes with some short steeper sections. Parts may be wet after heavy rain.

Moderate trail grade icon
1 ¼ miles / 1.9 km

Allow
¾ hour

More information

This trail starts from the Loch Drunkie car park, which is about half way round the Three Lochs Forest Drive.

Walking

Pine Ridge Trail

A trail that winds up through the young pines for majestic views across Loch Drunkie and the surrounding hills.

Uneven rock and earth paths with some muddy patches. Long steep slopes with loose stones. Optional loop at the top also rough and narrow. Beware vehicles along the forest drive.

Strenuous trail grade icon
1 miles / 1.5 km

Allow
¾ hour

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It’s well worth the climb up into the woods for the views from this peaceful trail. On a still day the reflections in the loch are breathtaking. Keep your eyes and ears open as you go – watch for groups of yellow-green siskins flitting through the high canopy and listen for the rattle of claws as red squirrels dash from tree to tree.

This trail starts from the Loch Drunkie car park, which is about half way round the Three Lochs Forest Drive.

Activities

Fishing

Loch Drunkie and Loch Achray are both popular fishing spots. There is no fishing on Lochan Reòidhte as it is designated as a conservation water.

Camping

Camping wild in the forest can be fun if you're hardy. Read our wild camping tips to find out more. The Scottish Outdoor Access Code also has more information and guidance about how to wild camp responsibly.

Camping is welcome throughout the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park but in order to protect some of our most cherished lochshores, byelaws covering camping and firelighting come into effect in some parts of the Park between March and September. This applies to the Three Lochs Forest Drive and camping along the route is by permit only. Permits are issued by the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park Authority. Camping from October to February is unaffected.

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Facilities and access

Walking
Walking
Toilets
Toilets
Parking icon
Parking
Cycling
Cycling
Viewpoint
Viewpoint
Forest drive
Forest drive
Horse riding
Horse riding
Picnic area
Picnic area
  • Three Lochs Forest Drive is open seven days a week, 9am - 4pm, between March and October.
  • It is possible to walk or cycle the drive at any time of year.
  • There are car parks, trails, toilets and picnic spots along the way. Toilets with accessible facilities can be found at Loch Drunkie car park.
  • For information on camping, please visit the Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park website.
  • The Drive closes to public vehicles on 1 November.

Car parking information

The charge to drive the Three Lochs route is £3.

Payment options: Coin or Card

Please bring coin just in case our card machine is having an off day. Please park with care and consideration. In particular please park in designated parking areas only and do not block entrances or gates. Nearby car parks with free parking can be found in our local forest list without the £ symbol. 

Annual parking pass available:

Blue badge holders park free. Please display your Blue Badge clearly.

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Getting here

The entrance to the Three Lochs Forest Drive is on the east side of The Duke’s Pass/A821, about 2 miles north of Aberfoyle.

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FK8 3SY is the nearest postcode.

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Get in touch

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0300 067 6600 (option 2)
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