For anyone looking at joining the planned trip this weekend, here’s a few handy pointers:
Opened in 1977 to mark the Silver Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, the Achray 3 Lakes Forest Drive trail consists of seven and a half miles of winding forest road. Enter from the Duke’s Pass road to enjoy superb views across the forest towards the Trossachs.
A lot of work has recently been carried out to the forest environment around the Duke’s Pass and Achray Forest Drive. Some fantastic views have been opened up looking over Loch Achray and the Trossachs. Experience the sound scupture trail at Pine Ridge. The trail itself – all graveled forest road like in the picture above – is 7.5 miles long, which takes around 45 minutes to drive. It’s a decent cycle, but you should make use of the forest trails that are closed to vehicles to return to the car parks and avoid riding Dukes Pass – which is not advised.
Please note the Forest Drive is open to vehicles seasonally from April – September, 10am – 5pm. Out of season it is still accessible by foot or cycle. Not sure how tolerated camping is, but the gates (one-way) close at 5pm sharp so if you get in just before you should get away with it. You’ll see a fair few overnight fishing trips hidden away for sure…
3 Lochs Forest Drive can be started from Duke’s Pass in Achray Forest which is part of Queen Elizabeth Forest Park. Aberfoyle is the nearest town or village. Follow the A821 north from Aberfoyle, or west from Callander.
OS Grid Reference: NN520014
You may find this semi-useful map handy too?