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    Loch Venacher

    by hevbell Updated Apr 22, 2007

    After leaving Loch Katrine I decided to head towards Callander so I could head home via Stirling & East Kilbride on the motorway. And get stuck in 4 miles tail backs thanks to road works! The best laid plans and all that..

    Before that however, the Trossachs Trail carries on to Callander and then back towards Aberfoyle. The last loch you pass after Loch Achray is Loch Venacher. It was a bit quieter there but still has areas to park and get decent views of the Loch which was very still

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    Loch Achray

    by hevbell Written Apr 22, 2007
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    The last of the three lochs is Loch Achray with its great views over towards Ben Venue and Ben An. I loved the view with this little church in the foreground and the mountain rising behind it. There were people camping right down on the shoreline of the loch.

    About half way along the loch the Forest trail ends and you rejoin the main Trossachs Trail. At the far end of the loch you can turn off to either Ben Venue or to the car park at Loch Katrine. On my most recent trip to the area I couldn't actually get parked as there is limited parking and it was all full up :/

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    Forest Trail

    by hevbell Written Apr 22, 2007
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    A lot of the road is through forestry which was lovely on a beautiful sunny day with the suns rays bursting through the gaps in the trees! The trail can also be used [in both directions] by cyclists and I also passed a lot of people hiking.

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    Loch Drunkie

    by hevbell Written Apr 22, 2007
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    I just love this because of the name, lets face it! The road winds down through the forest and eventually you get a fantastic view of Loch Drunkie. The first car park you reach sits up above it giving a nice angle for photos but there are several more lay bys and car parks around the loch where you can get nearer the edge. The road follows the contours of the Loch for quite a way and gives different vantage points and views.

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    Loch Reoidhe

    by hevbell Written Apr 22, 2007
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    Following the trail you reach the first loch, Loch Reoidhe, pretty quickly. Its a small loch which sits pretty high up in the hills. There are a couple of laybys along the side of the loch and fishing permits [as with all of the Lochs I assume] are available from the David Marshall centre.

    I liked this loch, and the view from here. It was very relaxing somehow!

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    Three Lochs Trail

    by hevbell Written Apr 22, 2007

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    If you turn off the main Trossachs Trail road through Dukes Pass you can follow a trail through the Achray Forest, called the Three Lochs Trail. You have to drive through a car park area before entering the trail itself which is one way, single track. Don't be put off by signs saying it costs £2 as those must be out of date. Barriers had been removed so its now free

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    DAVID MARSHALL VISITOR CENTRE

    by hevbell Updated Apr 22, 2007

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    This is the view looking south from the Visitor Centre. There is a kind of patio area there with benches/picnic tables etc and really this photo doesn't do the view justice. Although saying that, the best scenery is to the east and north. Why not just stop a while and soak it all up?

    There are also a couple of marked trails from beside the visitor centre, of varying distances., that you can follow if you have the time and energy!

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    QUEEN ELIZABETH FOREST PARK

    by hevbell Updated Apr 22, 2007

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    After leaving the town of Aberfoyle the road begins to twist and climb up into the hills and mountains behind. About half way up you reach the David Marshall Visitor centre.

    Believe it or not this is the view of the car park at the visitor centre! If only all car parks were THIS pretty! My car was parked on the other side of this mini loch in the centre.

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    Aberfoyle

    by hevbell Written Apr 22, 2007
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    To reach Loch Katrine from Glasgow you have to drive through Queen Elizabeth Forest Park and into the Trossachs. The last town you hit before driving up into the Trossachs themselves is Aberfoyle. Its quite a touristy place but worth a quick stop. You can see the beautiful scenery rising up behind the town while you do a bit of shopping, visit the tourist information, get some money from the ATM or pick up some food for a picnic lunch as I did [see my shopping tip]. Or you could take a bit longer there and visit the Scottish Wool Museum which seemed quite popular.

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    LOCH KATRINE

    by hevbell Updated Jul 23, 2005

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    Loch Katrine is situated at the foot of Ben Venue which overlooks the loch at 2370ft.

    I didn't have a whole lot of time at Loch Katrine unfortunately as it was pretty late in the afternoon by the time I got there. I walked a little way around the side of the loch but if I had more time I think it would have been cool to rent a bike as I saw many others had done. They were charging about £4.50 for an hour up to £14 for a full day [there is a rental place at the car park] and it would have been a nice way to see more. The road further on from the car park seemed to be restricted access and was predominantly walkers and cyclists. Next time I go there I will most definitely take advantage of that and explore further round the loch :)

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    LOCH KATRINE

    by hevbell Updated Jul 23, 2005

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    This was the first glimpse of Loch Katrine after leaving the main road to Callander. The road stops at a large car park and from what I could tell traffic was restricted on the road round the loch itself.

    Situated beside the car park is the ubiquitous restaurant/cafe and gift shop as well as an ice cream stand and bike hire place.

    This fancy pier is where the steamer SS Sir Walter Scott departs from. I thought there was something a bit Asian looking about it! Very strange to see on a Scottish loch!

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    Dukes Pass

    by hevbell Updated Jul 23, 2005

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    After leaving the Visitor Centre the road continues up hill into the Trossachs and over Dukes Pass, so named because the area was once owned by the Duke of Montrose. You get some stunning views from this road of the Trossachs which covers the area from Callander in the east to the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park and eastern shores of Loch Lomond. "Trossachs" can be translated as both "bristly country" and "crossing place". Its certainly worth a visit to see some of the stunning scenery the area has in abundance.

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    WATERFALL

    by hevbell Updated Jul 23, 2005

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    The shortest of the trails from the visitor centre was just half a mile and takes you on a circular path to this waterfall. I would advise heading in an anticlockwise direction so as to leave the best for last but thats just me!! I was really surprised when I actually saw the falls, I had imagined something much smaller. Its actually a 50ft drop and they are known as the Waterfall of the Little Fawn!

    The only downside was that it seemed that the entire midge population of Scotland had congregated at this one spot!

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    TROSSACHS VISITOR CENTRE

    by hevbell Updated Jul 23, 2005

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    I loved this deer statue outside the Visitor Centre! I'm sure there are many wild ones in this forested area!

    The visitor centre contained a restaurant and shop, toilets and was also hosting a craft fair on the day I visited.

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    the SIR WALTER SCOTT

    by hevbell Updated Jul 23, 2005

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    This is the historic steamer, the SS Sir Walter Scott, that takes tourists for trips on the loch and I was lucky wnough to see it docking in the short time I was actually AT Lock Katrine! Its been on the water since 1900 and travels to Stronachlachar and Glengyle, the birthplace of the infmaous Rob Roy. Just a pity I didn't have enough time to go on it myself!

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