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A tranquil conifer woodland near Drymen, at the crossroads of long distance trails

Garadhban

Go for a wander at Garadhban

Enjoy a peaceful meander through quiet woods on foot, bike or horseback – or be more adventurous and join a long distance trail from here.


Parking Walking

Nearby essentials

There is parking for ten cars at Garadhban but there are no other facilities here.

You'll find toilets, refreshments and shopping at Drymen.

Walking trails


Cycling trails


Mountain biking trails


Choose your path

Two great long distance trails and National Cycle Route 7 all converge at Garadhban Forest. You don’t have to complete any one of them to enjoy the rolling routes and wonderful views – stroll or cycle a stretch from here and get a taste for the adventure.

The West Highland Way – this great trail is perhaps Scotland’s best known long distance route, stretching 154 km (96 miles) from Milngavie near Glasgow to Fort William. It passes through Garadhban Forest on its way to Loch Lomond.

Rob Roy Way – this 94 mile (151 km) trail begins in Drymen and heads for Pitlochry. It follows the tracks and paths used by Rob Roy MacGregor, Scotland's most notorious outlaw.

National Cycle Route 7 – the Lochs & Glens section of NCN7, from Inverness to Glasgow, leaves Drymen and passes through Garadhban Forest on its way to Aberfoyle.

Contact: Cowal and Trossachs Forest District

Address: Aberfoyle, Stirling

Postcode: FK8 3UX

Telephone: 0300 067 6600

Email: cowaltrossachs@forestry.gsi.gov.uk


How to get here

From Drymen, take Old Gartmore Road north out of the village. The car park is on the left after about 1½ miles (2.5 km).

The car park is at grid reference NS 479 905.

Using SatNav?

G63 0EA is the nearest postcode.

Public transport

The nearest railway station is at Balloch. There is a frequent bus service from Balloch to Drymen. You'll find details at Traveline Scotland.

Nearby places

Visit nearby Balmaha, the gateway to East Loch Lomond, to explore the Ben Lomond National Memorial Park and impressive Conic Hill. You can also visit the Balmaha Visitor Centre to find out more about the area and Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park.

Continue north along the loch shore to reach tranquil Sallochy – a great place for a picnic overlooking the loch or a ramble through the oakwoods.

Rowardennan lies further north again, at the end of the public road. Relax by the loch, stroll along the shore or – if you're feeling more energetic – join the West Highland Way or head for the summit of Ben Lomond. The choice is yours!

There's much more of Queen Elizabeth Forest Park to explore too! Head for The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre near Aberfoyle to enjoy stunning views and find out more about what to see and do in the Forest Park. If you want to see the forest from a different angle, you'll also find Go Ape here.

Find out more in our guide to Queen Elizabeth Forest Park.


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