Scotland's Great Trails


The walk starts from the centre of Drymen with an immediate route option of either pick up the West Highland Way for a short distance or heading off on a minor road to the north of the Drymen. The road to the North soon crosses the WHW as it tracks north west to Loch Lomond. At this point the two Ways separate, the Rob Roy Way heading north east beside the forest and the side of Muir Park Reservoir.


Drymen Square

Clachan Inn

Clachan Inn - Oldest Pub in Scotland

After a further mile the minor road reaches the highest point in the days walk at the Muir Park Reservoir and the crossing point between the Garadhban and Loch Ard Forests. This point is also well defined by a radio mast and a line of electric pylons. On a good day there are attractive views out to the east and south.

Remain on the minor road along the edge of the forest till reaching a cross roads with a park on the right and two tracks leading off to the left.
There is a temporary diversion at this point due to forestry work. For this reason you will take the first and not the second track on the left (as detailed below) and follow the diverionary route.
For a downloadable map showing the diversionary route click on this link.

Take the second track on the left into the forest. Along the first half of the Loch Ard Forest section there are many signs of the Glasgow Water Supply System as it travels underground and over aquaduct on its way from Loch Katrine.

West Highland Way

Intersection of West Highland Way and the Rob Roy Way

Muir Park

Muir Park Reservoir

Having left High Corrie behind and entered the forest now on both side of the track you come to a staggered crossroads. Keep straight ahead up a series of hairpin bends and underneath the same pillon lines detailed at the Muir Park Reservoir, till reaching a second cross roads with another of the attractive stone breather points.
Take the track to the right shortly reaching Clashmore.

Clashmore is another key junction requiring care especially as there are several paths at this point. Taking the track sharp left and again uphill. The path turns to the right and now passes some minor junctions before reaching another junction on the route with tracks heading west and south west. Take the line that follows in a north east direct along what becomes a relatively straight forest track for about two mile till it reaches housing at Balleich.

Pipeline Breather

Glasgow Water Supply - Breather Dome

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Kirkton Church - Aberfoyle

The final walk into Aberfoyle is along a tarred road crossing the River Forth just to the west end of the Main Street. As you come up this tarred road there is the ruined Kirkton Church and graveyard on the right, a very interesting location, and one that is detailed in the local history section. In Aberfoyle there are many places of interest and the opportunity to use the local transport to explore the heart of the Trossachs area.

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