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Aberfoyle to Loch Venachar

Aberfoyle to Loch Venachar

Length
24.8 Kms
Elevation gain
538 m
Max elevation
271 m
Difficulty
**
Rating
***
Type
Loop
Route id
526
Main road
0.6 Kms
Country road
1 Kms
Dirt road
23.2 Kms
Dirt path
0 Kms
Trail
0 Kms
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We have only run this route once but it is worth a revisit. There is a fair amount of climb on the route but none of it is really steep so feels easier than it probably is. The route give you views of Loch Achray, Loch Venachar and a run round a large part of Loch Drunkie. Who names these lochs is a question we often ask.
The route starts in the main car park but heads in the opposite direction to most of the runs starting here. You go past the woollen shop and pick up the small foot path through the trees. This brings you out at the main road, where you cross and stay on the pavement heading out of town for a short distance.
A left turn before the medical centre takes you up past the outdoor centre and onto a dirt road and left turn onto the route proper. This is all within a forest with lots of trail paths heading off in all directions. For this route we have stayed on the main paths. The route takes you up past Go Ape which can be an unusual entertainment on your run. Still in the trees the route will take you past a waterfall and if it's raining this is such a nice place to be in. Some routes just suit it raining.
As you gain height you go part the tree line and out into the open. You are running parallel to the main Dukes Pass road. The path then takes you downhill and you are soon rewarded with the fist sight of Loch Drunkie. You follow the loch round until the visitor centre and back into the tree. A smaller not so well used path on the left takes you further into the trees before a sharp descent on your right brings you onto the three lochs drive. Here you have Loch Achray to the left and Loch Venachar to the right. You'll see Loch Venachar clearly when you start the climb up the hill back towards Loch Drunkie.
Again going round Loch Drunkie at different place the path is almost a trail and is probably the best part of this route. We include a short length of trail over the small hill beside the visitor centre. This is well sign posted. This brings you back to the main path and from here a left takes you back the way you came from Aberfoyle.
At the end of Loch Drunkie take the left turn. You came on the path straight ahead, but the left turn allows us to create a small loop. The path eventually joins back on the original outward path and from this point you are returning the way you came from Aberfoyle.
Back over the hill and eventually back into the trees before the short distance on the road before getting back to the car park. There are a few other possible routes going in this direction which we will hopefully add at a later date.
Route directions
Kms
1
From the car park head out past the gate

0
2
Cross the main road

0.4
3
Turn left up the small road before the medical centre

0.5
4
Road goes past the outdoor centre

0.7
5
Keep straight on

1
6
At the tee turn left

1.3
7
Straight on as the road starts to bend right

2.1
8
Turn left up the small road before the medical centre

2.5
9
Straight through the crossroads

3.5
10
Now take the road on the left, heading up hill.

3.7
11
Cross the junction, road slightly on the right

5.7
12
Take the road on the left, past the barrier

6.4
13
Loch Drunkie now in view, keep straight on

8.3
14
Keep straight on

10.5
15
Take the smaller path to the left

10.8
16
Straight on as the path starts to descend

11.1
17
Path down hill to the right

11.4
18
Turn right at the junction.

11.6
19
At the fork turn right heading up the hill

12
20
Take the left path at the fork

12.4
21
Keep left, hello Loch Drunkie

12.9
22
Keep left at the fork

13.2
23
Take the small marked trail on the left

14.2
24
The trail joins the road again, turn left

14.5
25
At the end of Loch Drunkie head left

16.6
26
Back across the path taking road slightly to the right

19
27
At the tee junction turn right

21.1
28
Straight through the junction

21.3
29
At the tee turn right

22.3
30
Turn right leaving the main trail path

23.5
31
Back at the main road turn right

24.3
32
Turn left over the road

24.4
33
Stay on the path back to car park

24.4
34
The end

24.8
Past the Dounans centre
Aberfoyle to Loch Venachar. Looking out over the playing fields
Looking out over the playing fields
Onto forest road
Aberfoyle to Loch Venachar. Start of the trees
Start of the trees
Into the forest
Aberfoyle to Loch Venachar. Waterfall
Waterfall
Into the forest
Aberfoyle to Loch Venachar. Image from Aberfoyle to Loch Venachar
Image from Aberfoyle to Loch Venachar
Loch Drunkie
Aberfoyle to Loch Venachar. Very calm
Very calm
Loch Drunkie
Aberfoyle to Loch Venachar. Image from Aberfoyle to Loch Venachar
Image from Aberfoyle to Loch Venachar
Forest picnic area
Aberfoyle to Loch Venachar. Information sign
Information sign
More of a trail
Aberfoyle to Loch Venachar. Short and muddy section
Short and muddy section
Loch Achray area
Aberfoyle to Loch Venachar. Hills in the background
Hills in the background
Loch Achray area
Aberfoyle to Loch Venachar. Image from Aberfoyle to Loch Venachar
Image from Aberfoyle to Loch Venachar
Loch Achray area
Aberfoyle to Loch Venachar. Image from Aberfoyle to Loch Venachar
Image from Aberfoyle to Loch Venachar
Forest drive
Aberfoyle to Loch Venachar.
Back at Loch Drunkie
Aberfoyle to Loch Venachar.
Back at Loch Drunkie
Aberfoyle to Loch Venachar. Image from Aberfoyle to Loch Venachar
Image from Aberfoyle to Loch Venachar
Back at Loch Drunkie
Aberfoyle to Loch Venachar. An unusual seat if you need it
An unusual seat if you need it
Loch Drunkie path
Aberfoyle to Loch Venachar. Good quality trail path beside the loch
Good quality trail path beside the loch
Road away from the loch
Aberfoyle to Loch Venachar.
South most section of the loch
Aberfoyle to Loch Venachar.
South most section of the loch
Aberfoyle to Loch Venachar. Image from Aberfoyle to Loch Venachar
Image from Aberfoyle to Loch Venachar
South most section of the loch
Aberfoyle to Loch Venachar. A heron getting ready for fishing
A heron getting ready for fishing
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