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Three Lochs Forest Drive

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Latest forest information

  • CLOSED: The Three Lochs Drive is now closed for the Winter season. Access to the drive by members of the public is by foot or bike only between Nov – March and the toilets are now closed. Parking is available at both the entrance viewpoint and exit.

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

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

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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 notice is in effect

  • This trail is now only waymarked to reach the viewpoint looking over Loch Drunkie and is no longer a circular route.

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

Toilets
Toilets
Parking
Parking
Play area
Play area
Picnic area
Picnic area
  • Three Lochs Forest Drive is currently closed to motorised vehicles for the season (as of 31 October 2020).
  • It is possible to walk or cycle the drive at any time of year.
  • There are car parks, trails, toilets, play features and picnic spots along the way. Toilets with accessible facilities can be found at Loch Drunkie car park.

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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