|Location Map ( geo)
Aberfoyle is a small village at the heart of the Trossachs. For the thousands of visitors that pass through the area every year it is an important (though not primary) destination, with shops, cafes and views of the forested hills all around. Immediately to the north of the village is a large forest activity centre where all sorts of climbing and high level sports are catered for in a giant, adult-sized adventure playground! The surrounding lochs also offer a selection of watersports, including fishing, and there are a range of walking and cycle trails in the surrounding area.
Such is the popularity of Aberfoyle amongst tourists to the area that it is signed from Stirling and Glasgow, despite being a small village. The A821 passes through the village, TOTSOing with the B829 which is a lengthy dead end extending north westwards to the shores of Loch Lomond and Loch Katrine. At Inversnaid, on Loch Lomond, is a large hotel often used by tour coaches, which is more commonly reached by boat across the loch, the bus driver then having to make the tourtuous journey round to deliver the luggage!
The A821 heading north out of Aberfoyle climbs over the Dukes Pass, a road built in 1885 by the local land owner and finally opened to the public in the 1930s when the Forestry Commission acquired much of the estate. It is often steep and twisty, with mini coaches and tour buses hiding around every bend, but catch it on a quiet day and it is a memorable drive through the Trossachs, eventually reaching Kilmahog near Callander. Heading east, the A821 quickly comes to an end on the A81, the other main route through the Trossachs.
|Stirling (A873), Callander
|Glasgow, Balloch and Loch Lomond (A811)
|Kinlochard, Stronachlachar, Inversnaid
|to Loch Lomond and Loch Katrine