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Three Lochs Forest Drive

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Drive closed to vehicles for winter

The Drive is now closed to vehicles for the winter season. The toilet block will also be closed during this time.

The Drive remains open to walkers and cyclists all year round and will reopen to vehicles on 1 March 2020.

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. Permits for Loch Ard are available from James Bayne fishing tackle shop in Callander and the local post offices.

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

Walking trails

Walking

Little Drunkie Trail

Wander out to the beautiful shore of Loch Drunkie and discover a number of interesting sound installations.

Wide, loose gravel path throughout. Short moderate slopes but plenty of places to sit along the way.

Easy
¾ miles / 1.2 km

Allow
½ hour

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Savour some stunning views across Loch Drunkie on this short, easy loop through the woods. Watch out for bluebells in spring and butterflies in the summer.

In case you’re wondering, Loch Drunkie gets its unusual name from the Gaelic Loch Drongaidh, meaning ‘loch between the ridges’.

This trail starts from the Loch Drunkie car park, about half way round the Three Lochs Forest Drive. Follow the white waymarkers.

Three Lochs FD Paul Fraser SM

Walking

Lochan Reòidhte Trail

A short stroll through the trees above picturesque Lochan Reóidhte and an opportunity to sample some classic Trossachs views over forest, loch and hills.

Firm gravel surface throughout. Two steep slopes with some loose stones. Look out for vehicles along the forest drive.

Moderate
½ miles / 0.9 km

Allow
¼ hour

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Look out for the nearby hills of Ben Ledi, the highest peak in The Trossachs at 2,884 feet (879m), Ben Venue and Ben A'an.

Did you know, Reòidhte is pronounced ‘Ro-otch’ and the lochan’s name means ‘icy little loch’ in Gaelic?

This trail starts from the Three Lochs Forest Drive car park, which is just inside the entrance to the Forest Drive.

Walking

Loch Achray Trail

Amble down through the birch along the Allt a’Cham-ruidhe stream to reach the shores of Loch Achray. It is a marvellous setting beneath the mountains of Ben Venue and 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
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, TighMor (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
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
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. You can obtain permits from The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre.

There is no fishing on Lochan Reòidhte as it is designated as a conservation water.

Loch Ard is also a haven for fishing. Its tranquil waters are home to pike, perch and brown trout. Permits for Loch Ard are available from James Bayne fishing tackle shop in Callendar.

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 will come into effect in some parts of the Park between March and September. Camping from October to February is unaffected.

Facilities & access

The Drive is currently closed to vehicles for the winter season. However, you are welcome to walk or cycle the Drive at any time of year and enjoy the trails, play features and picnic spots along the way.

The Drive and toilet block will fully reopen on 1 March 2020.

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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