This walk, which is from Drymen to Aberfoyle, is just under 11 miles or 17 km and should take between 4 and 5 hours to complete. This route will take you along cycle paths, through farmland and into woodland. It is hilly, but it is not a difficult walk.
The walk begins in the centre of Drymen, in Drymen Square, and here you have a choice of routes, one takes you along a minor road to the north of Drymen and the other joins the West Highland Way, which means you don’t start off road walking. After a short distance the two roads cross and walkers leave the West Highland Way and carry on along the minor road, heading in a north easterly direction.
The first part of the walk is mainly through farmland, alongside the Muir Park Reservoir and into the Loch Ard Forest. Sights include the aqueducts built to supply Glasgow with water from Loch Katrine in 1859; this Loch still supplies Glasgow with water to this day. Loch Ard is also where Rob Roy’s cave can be found. He is said to have hidden here when he was an outlaw and planned many of his schemes, which included a long standing feud with Lord Munro.
As you begin to climb, you will also see the peak of Ben Lomond in the distance. The final leg of the walk is along a long straight road and across the River Forth and down into Aberfoyle. This is a pretty village, popular with tourists, who come here to visit the Trossachs Discovery Centre, The Wool Centre and the Lodge Forest Visitors Centre, where you’ll learn about Loch Katrine and Sir Walter Scott’s poem ‘The Lady of the Lake’ which was about the loch. Many Victorians came to Aberfoyle after reading his poem to see the Trossachs for themselves.