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An easy and enjoyable way to get to the heart of the forest and soak up some stunning Trossachs views

Three Lochs Forest Drive

Take a spin around the Trossachs

This is the ideal way to enjoy a forest adventure without having to walk very far. There's something for everyone along the Forest Drive, including short, easy trails and a picnic site beside peaceful Loch Drunkie. You'll find accessible toilets and play features there too.

The 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.

Find out more about Three Lochs Forest Drive and the rest of the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park.

Please note, the Forest Drive is now open.

Camping is welcome throughout the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park but in order to protect some of our lochshores, byelaws covering camping and firelighting will come into effect in some parts of the Park until September.


Parking (charge) Tourist information Easy-access facilities Toilets Picnic area Walking Fishing

Visiting the drive

The Three Lochs Forest Drive is a one-way route that’s 7¼ miles (11.5 km) long. It follows a quiet forest road that’s suitable for most vehicles.

The drive is open to vehicles from March to October, daily from 9am, although you can walk or cycle the route any time of year. Please note that the entrance barrier will be locked at 4pm with the exit barrier being locked by 5pm.

Any vehicles still on the drive will have a flyer put on their windscreens with instructions on how to open the exit gate which will be locked with a combination padlock. There are car parks, trails, toilets, play features and picnic spots along the way.

Drive charge

There's a small charge of £2 per vehicle for the drive. The machine accepts cards and coins. The fee includes parking along the drive for the whole day. Season passes are also available, please contact us for information.

Find the essentials

There are toilets, including accessible facilities, at Loch Drunkie car park.

The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre is just a couple of miles away, perched above Aberfoyle. As well as a cosy café with one of the best views in Scotland, you’ll find parking, toilets, souvenirs and information.

There are also toilets, shops and refreshments at Aberfoyle, which also has a Tourist Information Centre.

Walking trails


Cycling trails


Mountain biking trails


Fishing

Loch Drunkie and Loch Achray are both popular fishing spots. You do need a permit to fish here, which you can get from The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre. The nearest fishing tackle shop is at Callander. There is no fishing on Lochan Reòidhte as it is designated as a conservation water.

Loch Ard is also a haven for fishing as its tranquil waters are home to pike, perch and brown trout. You need a permit to fish here too, available from Forest Hills Hotel and at other local outlets.

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.

The Three Lochs Forest Drive’s story

The Forest Drive was opened in 1977 to mark the Silver Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II (25 years on the throne). In recent years, a lot of work has been carried out to enhance the forest environment here. In particular, some fantastic views have been opened up looking over Loch Achray and The Trossachs.

Watch out for wildlife

This is a great place to spot wildlife. Red and roe deer can often be glimpsed amongst the trees – and listen out for the red deer stags roaring in autumn as they challenge each other for the females in the herd.

You may also be lucky enough to spot some other iconic Scottish species. Red squirrels are at home in the pinewoods here and keep an eye on the skies – red kites are sometimes seen circling overhead and, in summer, ospreys fish on the lochs.

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

The entrance to the Three Lochs Forest Drive is on the A821, The Duke’s Pass, about 2 miles (3km) north of Aberfoyle. There are several car parks along the route.

The entrance is at grid reference NN 517 036.

Using SatNav?

FK8 3SY is the nearest postcode.

Nearby places

Forest Park highlights close to the Forest Drive 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 a giftshop. It’s also home to Go Ape.

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.

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.

Aberfoyle – explore woodland trails from the village that wind past an historic church, beside the River Forth and through peaceful woods that are fragrant with bluebells in spring and a riot of colour in autumn.


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