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Loch Venachar loop from Lendrick

Loch Venachar loop from Lendrick

Length
24.5 Kms
Elevation gain
501.8 m
Max elevation
260 m
Difficulty
***
Rating
***
Type
Loop
Route id
503
Main road
0.5 Kms
Country road
7.7 Kms
Dirt road
1.5 Kms
Dirt path
0 Kms
Trail
14.8 Kms
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Directions to start point
From the visitor centre follow the path towards Callander. The route starts a short tough climb to overlook Loch Venachar and lochs Drunkie and Achray in the distance. This starts off in trees but they soon thin giving you some great views. You are out in the open until approaching Kilmahog and a cross over the road.
Once across the A821 you are on the old railway track which is now tarred all the way to Callander. This path takes you straight to the car park.
Out of the car park and across the old bridge then taking a right and along the country road towards Invertrossachs. Not much traffic on this road but best to avoid headphones. Trees are on either side for most of this first part before the views open up as you arrive at Loch Venachar at around
4 Kms
from Callander. The route continues on the road past the sailing club, Ripples centre and scout hall before heading off on the route 7 cycle track to the right. This at about
8 Kms
from Callander.
You are now on undulating trail which runs mainly along the banks of the loch with the forest on your left. This can be a really lovely part of the run. The trail joins part of the main 3 lochs forest road onto which you head forward.
You stay on the forest road as it bends round to the right and soon you are out in the open. You do head off on the road to the right before getting to Loch Achray. This is beside a small dwelling with signs pointing towards Big O'Turk. The forest road becomes a road then you are on the pavement for a short while on the main road. The path takes over as the pavement ends but it is hard to see from a distance so you have to go right to the end of the pavement. The path now runs along parallel to the road, before a crossing onto the other side after a short length.
Once across the road some short ups and downs get you back to the visitor centre.
This route is also shown in route 502 with a start in Callander.
Route directions
Kms
1

0
2
Follow the Trossachs Way sign to the right

0.6
3
Keep on Trossachs way

2.6
4
Take main car park exit and carefully cross the main road and follow the trail.

7.8
5
Take the eastern exit towards the bridge.

10.3
6
turn right and over the bridge

10.5
7
Take the road to the right.

10.9
8
Follow the road forking to the right.

11.4
9
Keep on this small road. Traffic is usually light.

12.5
10
Keep straight on past the bridge on your left.

13
11
Small road and first sighting of Loch Venachar

13.5
12
Summer swim spot if you fancy it !

14.3
13
Keep on the small loch side road

15.1
14
Turn to right on the trail marked cycle route 7.

18
15
Keep on the trail. Picture location

19.6
16
Join the dirt road.

20.1
17
Road turns to the right over small bridge

21.6
18
Follow the small Trossachs Way sign to the right towards the cottage.

22.6
19
Turn right and follow the pavement all the way to the end,

23.1
20
The pavement ends, but the trail path takes over just to the right of the road.

23.6
21
Cross the main road, but be careful.

23.9
22

24.5
Main car park
Loch Venachar loop from Lendrick. Although there are lots of spaces this car park can get busy during weekends in summer.
Although there are lots of spaces this car park can get busy during weekends in summer.
Main car park
Loch Venachar loop from Lendrick. The prices are shown on several signs throughout the car park.  Pay machines exist in various locations.
The prices are shown on several signs throughout the car park. Pay machines exist in various locations.
Main car park
Loch Venachar loop from Lendrick. The car park is right beside the river.  Good for feeding the ducks and sometimes the swans.  Make sure of proper food and not bread.
The car park is right beside the river. Good for feeding the ducks and sometimes the swans. Make sure of proper food and not bread.
Take the Invertrossachs road
Loch Venachar loop from Lendrick. Straight ahead following cycle route 7
Straight ahead following cycle route 7
First sight of the loch
Loch Venachar loop from Lendrick. Once out of the trees along side the road, you get your first glimpse of the loach ahead.
Once out of the trees along side the road, you get your first glimpse of the loach ahead.
Loch Venachar
Loch Venachar loop from Lendrick. Picture taken from beside the first picnic spot.
Picture taken from beside the first picnic spot.
Road along the loch
Loch Venachar loop from Lendrick. The first part of the route along the loch is a single tarred route.  Traffic is very light.
The first part of the route along the loch is a single tarred route. Traffic is very light.
Turning point
Loch Venachar loop from Lendrick. The second part along the loch takes you onto a trail path.
The second part along the loch takes you onto a trail path.
Great picture opertunity
Loch Venachar loop from Lendrick.
Towards the main dirt road
Loch Venachar loop from Lendrick.
View down the glen
Loch Venachar loop from Lendrick.
View down the glen
Loch Venachar loop from Lendrick. 11
11
Small bridge
Loch Venachar loop from Lendrick.
Onto pavement on the main road
Loch Venachar loop from Lendrick. Only for a short section
Only for a short section
Crossing for main road
Loch Venachar loop from Lendrick.
Dragon flies
Loch Venachar loop from Lendrick.
Going up the hill from visitor center
Loch Venachar loop from Lendrick. Longish hill with a reward of great views at the end
Longish hill with a reward of great views at the end
Tourist information
Loch Venachar loop from Lendrick. The path is just after this building on the left
The path is just after this building on the left
Further up the hill from the visitor center
Loch Venachar loop from Lendrick. Loch Venachar can now be seen
Loch Venachar can now be seen
Back towards Ben Venue
Loch Venachar loop from Lendrick.
Loch in the distance
Loch Venachar loop from Lendrick.
First sight of Loch Drunkie
Loch Venachar loop from Lendrick.
Lochs Venachar and Drunkie
Loch Venachar loop from Lendrick.
Trail
Loch Venachar loop from Lendrick.
Follow the signs
Loch Venachar loop from Lendrick.
Old bridge
Loch Venachar loop from Lendrick. You take the small short path on the left onto the old railway
You take the small short path on the left onto the old railway
Old railway bridge
Loch Venachar loop from Lendrick.
Railway path
Loch Venachar loop from Lendrick.
Bridge over the river
Loch Venachar loop from Lendrick.
The river
Loch Venachar loop from Lendrick.
River at the car park
Loch Venachar loop from Lendrick.
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