- Distance: 13 miles
- Time needed: 2-3 hours
- Classification: Hard
- Type: Traffic free, gravel path, forest road/track
- Cycle hire: Katrinewheelz, Loch Katrine, tel: 01877 376366 and Wheels Cycling Centre, Callander, tel: 01877 331100
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This is a cracking cycle route with some of the best views on the National Cycle Network, forming a true Highland section of the longer National Route 7. Enjoy pubs and shops at both ends of the route at Aberfoyle and Callander. You'll pass Loch Drunkie and Loch Venachar on the way to Callander. From Callander, Route 7 continues along a railway path beside Loch Lubnaig to Strathyre.
Head north out of Aberfoyle on Route 7 (on the A821). After a short distance on road, you will notice the bicycle shaped access gates (on your right) marking the start of cycle track through the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park.
A slight detour to the west of the route takes you to the David Marshall Lodge Visitor Centre. The Centre has lots of information on the area, as well as being a good point to get refreshments for the journey.
Retrace your steps back down to the cycle track and continue north. By a waterfall, turn over the bridge and join the forest road (Forest Drive) which winds up the hill. Take care on this road as it is open to traffic in the summer months. Occasional clearings give you glimpses of the surrounding scenery, including the Menteith Hills to the east and the summit of Ben Venue to the west.
You will cycle around Loch Drunkie, a beautiful small loch. This makes a perfect place to stop, picnic and take-in the scenery. If you can sit still for a while, you may see red squirrels, deer, woodpeckers, or even ospreys.
It is now downhill to Loch Venachar. If you are feeling fit you can take the opportunity to cycle to the village of Brig o'Turk at the western tip of the loch for a pub stop.
Continue on along the southern shore of the Loch towards Invertrossachs where the path joins a road that takes you into the town of Callander and the end of this route.
- Lochs and Glens North
- Lochs and Glens Official Guidebook
Things to see and do
- Queen Elizabeth Forest Park Visitor Centre
- Loch Drunkie
- Loch Venachar
- Go Ape, Aberfoyle
- Aberfoyle Ospreys
- Hamilton Toy Collection, Callander
Route description sheet:
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Map shows the National Cycle Network and local routes in this area.
National Route 7 between Aberfoyle and Callander takes you through a beautiful mountain forest and along the shore of Loch Venachar. It is more than worth the climb out of Aberfoyle to enjoy the exhilarating descent, the peace of the Queen Elizabeth Forest and the tranquility of the loch. There are also other cycle paths within the forest which can take you to Loch Katrine and the village of Brig o' Turk.