Scotland's Great Trails


The days walk starts at the centre of Aberfoyle at the Tourist Information Centre and car park. The route leads out of Aberfoyle to the east by the A821, shortly reaching a further route alternative.
Provided there are no forestry restiction we recommend taking the small road to the left at the side of the Aberfoyle Health Centre up towards the Dounan Outdoor Centre.


Aberfoyle Main Street-Tourist Information Centre on LHS

Aberfoyle Golf Course

Pathway alongside Aberfoyle Golf Course

Shortly the narrow road enter the grounds of the Outdoor Centre. Keeping to the road pass between the huts and arrive at a car park. The track now turns to the right and past a small pond. Keep on the path till a T junction with the main forest track. Take the right leg and walk along the edge of the forest next to the Aberfoyle Golf Course. At the north east corner of the golf course the track starts to have woodland on both sides. Avoid the turning marked for Braeval and them turn left onto the main forest road running NE towards the Menteith Hills.

The forest track continues to climbing . At the end of the forest road cross a style onto a forest walking track this being part of a younger plantation before a further style onto open grazing land.
New self closing gates are planned or have already been fitted to the entry and exit of this land to assist the farmer who has in the past lost young lambs due to un-secured gates. Livestock will be frequently passed on this section and many others on the Way and landowners have asked that walkers, especially with dogs are reminded of their need to always have a close control of their animal when walking close to any form of livestock or widlife animal or bird.
For more detail on this and the section of walk referred to above click on this link.

Forest Path

Forest Path leading to Menteith Hills

Cup & Ring

Valley between the Menteith Hills and Beinn Dearg

This open area has a clearly defined path with the Menteith Hills on the left. Although not visible the well know Lake of Menteith now lies to the south and right of the path.
There is a further short climb to further woods, this passing by a small loch. This is the highest part of this section of the walk. At the end of the loch take the clear vehicle track down through the forest.

Every so often on the left there will be views north through breaks in the forest to Stuc Odhar, Ben Ledi and Loch Venachar lying below the forest. The track them branches to the left and zig zags down to the East Lodge on the south shore of Loch Venachar .

Loch Venachar

Loch Venachar & Stuc Odhar

Loch Venechar looking West

Loch Venachar west to Ben Venue

Turn right and proceed NE along a metalled road to Gartehousie. At this point a route decision needs to be made. To end up in Callander continue straight ahead for a further 200 metres before entering into the Coilhallan Woods. This footpath climbs to give the walker some good views across to Callander before dropping down to cross the A81 for the final walk via a pedestian crossing of the River Teith into the town's Main Street.
This section through Coilhallan Woods is a new revision to the official route so for more information click here.

On reaching the Main Street turn left and instantly the walker is in the centre of Callander. Just to the right of the main street is Ancaster Square and the Rob Roy Centre.

Callander has an abundance of hotels and bed & breakfast accommodation available, along with extensive eating establishments to satisfy all tastes.


Mercat Cross-Callander

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