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Aberfoyle past the tower

Aberfoyle past the tower

Length
29.7 Kms
Elevation gain
621.1 m
Max elevation
188.8 m
Difficulty
**
Rating
***
Type
Loop
Route id
560
Main road
0 Kms
Country road
4 Kms
Dirt road
22.8 Kms
Dirt path
3 Kms
Trail
0 Kms
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Another variation of a route from Aberfoyle which creates a larger route to explore. This is an extension of the Loch Ard forest route, number 485, and adds in a different and slightly longer final loop. We have done this route several times but it always seems harder than it should be. Perhaps due to the elevation or perhaps due to the heavy rain that seems to follow us on this one.
The route starts off from the main car park in the village, crosses the old bridge and heads past the ruined church towards the forest. The first
2 Kms
are on tarred road but that soon stops and you are on forest roads for most of the remainder of the run. There is a a fair bit of climb on this route but nothing too difficult and you are rewarded with many nice views.
At just past the
7 Kms
mark you cross the old bridge over Duchray water and head up a zig zag of a path. From the bridge onwards you will see many parts of the old Victorian water system taking water from Loch Katrine to Glasgow. Very impressive the structures. The path is taking you towards Kinlochard, but you head off on the path taking the high route past the village. Although still in trees, they do occasionally open up to allow you to see the views. This part of the route can be a bit of a gradual uphill slog at times.
Just after
14 Kms
you follow the path to the left and some more uphill. This part and for the next
5 Kms
you are mainly out in the open and this is where the really heavy rain is likely to come on. OK, perhaps that's just for us.
The final
10 Kms
is a mix of ups and downs and in amongst the trees. One nice thing about this route is that the final
6 Kms
are mostly downhill or on the flat. The downhill sections are nearly all easy running.
Route directions
Kms
1
Start at the car park. Head out of the car park towards the old bridge. This is the other direction from the Woolen Mill.

0
2
Turn left over the bridge

0.1
3
The road goes from tarmac to trail. From here there is no more tarmac.

1.1
4
Keep to the right of the fork and follow the path as it swings round.

1.6
5
At the fork follow the path to the right.

1.8
6
At the T juntion turn left. The next turn is about 10m away.

2.5
7
Turn to the right and follow the path up the hill.

2.6
8
Keep following the path as it starts the descent.

3.6
9
At the bottom of the hill facing the stables turn left.

4.7
10
Turn left up the hill at the junction with the entrance to the castle. Keep on this path.

5.2
11
At the bottom of the hill turn left at the T junction.

6.1
12
Keep on the main path. You can now see the Duchray water bridge.

7.3
13
Cross the bridge turn left, and follow the zig zags all the way up.

7.7
14
At top of the hill turn left and follow the path.

8.2
15
At the four way junction cross the road and head straight on.

9.9
16
Take the left fork in the road

10
17
Keep straight on

13.3
18
Turn left following the road uphill

14.3
19
At the tee at the bottom of the hill turn left

15.6
20
Keep straight on

17.1
21
Just before the aquduct turn right

19.6
22
Keep to the main path, over the bridge and up the hill.

20.3
23
At the bottom of the hill turn left.

21.3
24
Keep on the main path. You are now on a short section of path you have been on already.

22.4
25
Take the path to the right going up the hill. There is a big iron pipe here.

22.5
26
Go up the hill, the toughest part of the route but it is not too long.

23.2
27
At 3 way junction turn left and stay on this main path.

25.9
28
Keep following the main path.

27.2
29
You are now back to a part of the path you started on. So follow this path all the way back to Aberfoyle

27.9
30
Follow the main path heading left.

28.9
31
Once over the bridge the car park is on your right.

29.7
32
The end of the route.

29.8
Aberfoyle car park
Aberfoyle past the tower. Parking is free in the large town car park and shops are close by if you have forgotten anything.  There is also the tourist infromation centre at the main entrance to the car park.
Parking is free in the large town car park and shops are close by if you have forgotten anything. There is also the tourist infromation centre at the main entrance to the car park.
Coming down the hill towards stables
Aberfoyle past the tower. This is the first real open view on the route and can offer some glorious photo opertunities.  That said, this seems to be one of those places where the picture doesn't do it justice.  This is a gradual slope downwards and is a g
This is the first real open view on the ro
Coming down the hill towards stables
Aberfoyle past the tower. Image from Aberfoyle past the tower
Image from Aberfoyle past the tower
Coming down the hill towards stables
Aberfoyle past the tower. Image from Aberfoyle past the tower
Image from Aberfoyle past the tower
Coming down the hill towards stables
Aberfoyle past the tower. When it is snowing the run down this section can be hard going.  It seems to have either too much snow or thick ice - perhaps one day we will get it with just a small fresh covering.
When it is snowing the run down this section can be hard going. It seems to have either too much snow or thick ice - perhaps one day we will get it with just a small fresh covering.
Duchray water bridge
Aberfoyle past the tower. Bridge and viaduct over Duchray water.  A fine example of Victorian build.
Bridge and viaduct over Duchray water. A fine example of Victorian build.
Duchray water bridge
Aberfoyle past the tower. Image from Aberfoyle past the tower
Image from Aberfoyle past the tower
Duchray water bridge
Aberfoyle past the tower. Image from Aberfoyle past the tower
Image from Aberfoyle past the tower
Pump house
Aberfoyle past the tower. Heading towards the old pump house for the viaduct.
Heading towards the old pump house for the viaduct.
Pump house
Aberfoyle past the tower. Image from Aberfoyle past the tower
Image from Aberfoyle past the tower
View from pump house
Aberfoyle past the tower. Take a little detour and climb the grassy slope up to the pump station.
Take a little detour and climb the grassy slope up to the pump station.
Viaduct
Aberfoyle past the tower. One of the many viaducts this route takes you past.
One of the many viaducts this route takes you past.
Second viaduct
Aberfoyle past the tower. Another viaduct on the route
Another viaduct on the route
Viaduct
Aberfoyle past the tower. More Victorian engineering
More Victorian engineering
Heading past Kinlochard
Aberfoyle past the tower. Wet weather ahead
Wet weather ahead
Heading past Kinlochard
Aberfoyle past the tower. Image from Aberfoyle past the tower
Image from Aberfoyle past the tower
Higher up the hill
Aberfoyle past the tower. Where is the sunshine
Where is the sunshine
Higher up the hill
Aberfoyle past the tower. Image from Aberfoyle past the tower
Image from Aberfoyle past the tower
Higher up the hill
Aberfoyle past the tower. Image from Aberfoyle past the tower
Image from Aberfoyle past the tower
Higher up the hill
Aberfoyle past the tower. Image from Aberfoyle past the tower
Image from Aberfoyle past the tower
Higher up the hill
Aberfoyle past the tower. Image from Aberfoyle past the tower
Image from Aberfoyle past the tower
Higher up the hill
Aberfoyle past the tower. Image from Aberfoyle past the tower
Image from Aberfoyle past the tower
Open countryside
Aberfoyle past the tower. Back towards the village
Back towards the village
Turning point
Aberfoyle past the tower. Looking towards the hills
Looking towards the hills
Turning point
Aberfoyle past the tower. Image from Aberfoyle past the tower
Image from Aberfoyle past the tower
Path from Kinlochard
Aberfoyle past the tower. A really nice spot on the run in amongst the trees
A really nice spot on the run in amongst the trees
View from up top the viaduct
Aberfoyle past the tower. Climb up the grassy slope to get some intersting pictures
Climb up the grassy slope to get some intersting pictures
View back toward viaduct
Aberfoyle past the tower. Another viaduct view
Another viaduct view
Last hill
Aberfoyle past the tower. The last climb on the route, which is also the highest.
The last climb on the route, which is also the highest.
Last hill
Aberfoyle past the tower. Image from Aberfoyle past the tower
Image from Aberfoyle past the tower
Last hill
Aberfoyle past the tower. Image from Aberfoyle past the tower
Image from Aberfoyle past the tower
Not a gravestone
Aberfoyle past the tower. Looks a little like a gravestone, but is actually a marker for one of the vent shafts on the water route.
Looks a little like a gravestone, but is actually a marker for one of the vent shafts on the water route.
Back to Aberfoyle
Aberfoyle past the tower. Aberfoyle looking very splendid in the winter sunshine
Aberfoyle looking very splendid in the winter sunshine
Back to Aberfoyle
Aberfoyle past the tower. Image from Aberfoyle past the tower
Image from Aberfoyle past the tower
End and back at the car park
Aberfoyle past the tower. Shops are available on the main road from the car park.  Also a good picnic area and tourist information centre.
Shops are available on the main road from the car park. Also a good picnic area and tourist information centre.
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