Enjoy a leisurely drive along Duke's Pass
This popular public road, regarded as one of Britain's best drives, leads you through some of the most scenic parts of the iconic Trossachs landscape. It was originally built by the Duke of Montrose in the 19th century to improve access to his estate, and was later upgraded to accommodate the Victorian tourists drawn to the area after the publication of Sir Walter Scott's epic poem 'The Lady of the Lake', celebrating the beauty of Loch Katrine.
Today this 7 mile (11 km) stretch of road from Aberfoyle is part of the A821 that links the village with Kilmahog and the A84. You'll also find The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre and the entrance to the Three Lochs Forest Drive along this picturesque route.
Three Lochs Forest Drive
There is the option to explore the heart of the forest – and enjoy classic Trossachs views without having to walk far – along the Three Lochs Forest Drive. The entrance is on The Duke's Pass, about 2 miles (3 km) north of Aberfoyle.
The Forest Drive winds through tranquil pinewoods to picturesque Loch Drunkie, where there are level trails suitable for everyone along the loch shore. This is a great place for a picnic, and there are play features and toilets too. The drive is open from Easter to October, although you can walk or cycle the route any time of year.
How to get here
The Duke's Pass is a public road between Aberfoyle and Loch Katrine, part of the A821.
The best place to start exploring is The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre, a mile (1.8 km) north of Aberfoyle on the A821. The car park is at grid reference NN 520 014.
FK8 3SX is the nearest postcode.
There are regular buses from Stirling (the nearest railway station) to Aberfoyle.
National Cycle Route 7 also passes through the Forest Park.
Forest Park highlights off the Duke's Pass 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.
Three Lochs Forest Drive – this scenic 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.
Loch Katrine – discover the legendary loch that inspired poets and artists. You can enjoy the spectacular Highland scenery by taking a steamship ride along the loch, cycling along the shore or following some picturesque trails. A highlight is the Art & Literature Trail along the shore.
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.
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