Aberfoyle and the Trossachs
No matter where you are approaching Aberfoyle and the Trossachs from, it is obvious that the scenery becomes more spectacular every mile you travel. Aberfoyle is known as the Gaterway to the Trosaachs but in fact is much more than that. It is a spectacular destination in its own right. Going west just a couple of miles you come across the amazing 3 loch system of Loch Ard with Ben Lomond looming high in the far west after you pass some more lochs.
If you like walking or cycling, this is a must visit on your world calender of spectacular walking and cycling venues. The wildlife is abundant too. Trying to pick a picnick spot is a big problem. There are so many to choose from with views in every direction. Aberfoyle, the Trossachs, and the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park simply takes your breath away at every turn.
Where to go? Well everybody must visit the Lodge Foerest Visitors Centre. This sits in the forest just a few hundred yards above the village of Aberfoyle. From there you can enjoy many easy walks with a spectacular waterfall and fantastic views.
The Lodge also has a cafe and shop. From here you can pick up vast amount s of information about the local area, where to visit and also information about the abundant wildlife hereabouts.
If you base yourself in Aberfoyle for a few days or weeks, this provides the perfect spot to then enjoy the forest park or to have day trips to the fantastic activities or historical sites in the local. Why not go to Lake of Mentieth a few miles to the west for either a good days fishing or to go the island of Inchmahome and see the fantastic Priory. Dont forget to take a picknic, it is a really relaxing place to visit.
Perhaps a bit further to the east to the Blair Drummond Saffari park (open in the summer only), or for excitement, visit Go Ape zip slides and more in Aberfoyle itself.
To the north at Dukes Pass there is a forest drive past lochs and lochans with much to see and places to stop. Further to the north (just a few miles) there is the fantastic Loch Katrine with bike hire and cafe as well as the great Sir Walter Scott steamship where you can go on a cruise to enjoy stunning scenery from the water.