Soak in the scenery at Braeval
It's rewarding to visit Braeval whatever the time of year. In spring there is a carpet of bluebells beneath the stately larches, butterflies flutter in the summer glades and the trees put on a colourful show in autumn. The higher you climb in the woods here, the greater the views over the Lake of Menteith, Flanders Moss and the Campsie Fells and Fintry Hills beyond.
Find life's essentials
There are public toilets, shopping and refreshments in nearby Aberfoyle. There is also a Tourist Information Centre, which is open year-round.
The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre is perched just above Aberfoyle, a short drive or a fairly steep walk from the village. As well as a cosy café with one of the best views in Scotland, you'll find parking, toilets, trails, souvenirs and plenty of information on what to see and do. It's also home to Go Ape.
A peaceful trail through the quiet conifer woodland above Stonefield that is ideal for horse riding.
Mostly wide, firm gravel tracks. Some fairly steep slopes and one section of uneven rock and earth path.
2 ¼ miles / 3.5 km Allow 1½ hours
The trail climbs from the car park and through a stand of statuesque larch trees. It then follows the forest road, with glimpses through the trees over the Lake of Menteith to the Campsie Fells beyond. An old track leads down through the trees and back to the car park through mixed and fairly open conifer plantation.
Climb through towering larches to the foot of the Menteith Hills for views towards the Campsie Fells. The woodland here is bright with bluebells in spring.
Largely firm gravel surface. Long steep slope on uneven rocky path.
¾ miles / 1.2 km Allow ½ hour
This short trail is particularly appealing in spring, but it’s a great stroll year-round. In summer, butterflies and woodland birds flutter in the summer glades, while the trees are spectacular in their autumn colours.
Mountain biking trails
This quiet woodland is ideal for horse riding, and we particularly recommend the Stonefields trail. There is also plenty of room for horseboxes in the car park here.
Rob Roy Way long distance trail
The Rob Roy Way passes through Braeval. This 94 mile (151 km) trail runs from Drymen to Pitlochry, following the tracks and paths used by Rob Roy MacGregor, Scotland's most notorious outlaw.
How to get here
Braeval car park is on the A81 near Aberfoyle.
Approaching from Callander and Stirling, you'll see the car park on your right about 2½ miles (4 km) after Port of Menteith.
Approaching on the A81 from the south, turn right at the Rob Roy roundabout towards Callander. The car park is on your left after about ½ mile (0.8 km).
The car park is at grid reference NN 542 006.
FK8 3UY is the nearest postcode.
There are regular buses from Stirling (the nearest railway station) to Aberfoyle. You'll find details at Traveline Scotland.
Forest Park highlights close to Braeval include:
The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre – a great place to find information about what to see and do in the Forest Park. It also has a café with fantastic views, as well as parking, toilets, trails and souvenirs. It's also home to Go Ape.
Aberfoyle – the village lies on the edge of Loch Ard Forest and beside the River Forth, which rises at Loch Ard. Sample its history and wildlife on the wooded trails here and discover some strange links with the world of fairies and elves...
Loch Ard – The Great Forest of Loch Ard stretches from Aberfoyle to the foothills of Ben Lomond. One of the best ways to enjoy this forest is to cycle the shore of picturesque Loch Ard – the trails are ideal for families and there's lots of fun things to see and do along the way.
Three Lochs Forest Drive – the perfect way to reach the heart of Loch Achray Forest and enjoy stunning Trossachs views without needing to walk very far. The route follows a quiet forest road and is suitable for most vehicles. There are car parks, toilets, play features and scenic trails along the way. Open Easter to October.
Find out more in our guide to Queen Elizabeth Forest Park.
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