The Trossachs - Callander and Aberfoyle


The Trossachs are often referred to as the Highlands in miniature. The real beauty of the region are its richly forested lochs, with especially spectacular colours in autumn. They include Lochs Ard, Venachar, Achray and Chon, but most famous is Loch Katrine, indelibly associated with Sir Walter Scott. Scott helped to popularise the region in the nineteenth century and the Trossachs became immensely fashionable - on the itinerary of many distinguished Victorians.

Today the Trossachs are as popular as ever, and the small town of Callander and village of Aberfoyle are hugely popular with visitors. The steamship Sir Walter Scott still plies its trade along the lovely waters of Loch Katrine and the hills have become known and loved by thousands.


Walk Grade Distance Time
Flanders Moss National Nature Reserve, near Kippen 0.9km 30 minutes
Inversnaid RSPB nature trail 2.5km 1 - 1.5 hours
Loch Drunkie 3.25km 1 hour
Doon Hill and Fairy Knowe, Aberfoyle 4.5km 1.5 - 2 hours
Achray Water bridge circuit 4.5km 1.5 - 2 hours
Bracklinn Falls, Callander 5.25km 1.5 hours
Lochan Spling, Aberfoyle 6km 1.5 - 2 hours
Loch Ard and Ghleannain Loch, near Aberfoyle 6.75km 1.5 - 2.5 hours
Loch Venachar forestry walk 7km 2 hours
Bochastle and the Falls of Leny 7.5km 2 hours
Callander to Falls of Leny circuit 7.5km 2 - 3 hours
Leannach Forest circuit 8km 2 - 2.5 hours
Kinlochard and the Crannog 10.5km 2.5 - 4 hours
The Great Trossachs Path 2: Trossachs Pier to Callander 19km 4.5 - 5.5 hours
Loch Katrine 21km 4.5 - 5.5 hours
Arklet Trail, Inversnaid 2.25km 50 minutes - 1.5 hours
Ben A'an 3.7km 2 - 4 hours
Callander Crags 4km 1.5 - 2 hours
The Brig o' Turk loop 5.5km 2 hours
Lime Craig circuit, near Aberfoyle 6km 1.5 - 2.5 hours
The Duke's Trail, near Aberfoyle 6.5km 1.5 - 2 hours
Stank Glen 9km 2.5 - 3.5 hours
Primrose Hill, Loch Katrine 11km 2.5 - 4 hours
Loch Venachar circuit, near Brig o'Turk 19km 4.5 - 5 hours
The Great Trossachs Path 1: Inversnaid to Trossachs pier 28.5km 7.5 - 8 hours
Ben Ledi 10km 4 - 6 hours
Ledard Farm to Loch Achray 10.5km 4 - 6 hours
Ben Venue from Ledard Farm 11.5km 5 - 6 hours
Ben Venue from Loch Achray 14km 5 - 6 hours
The Mell circuit, Glen Finglas 27km 6.5 - 7 hours
Beinn a' Choin, near Inversnaid 8.75km 5 - 6 hours
The Rob Roy Way 128km 7 stages
Scottish National Trail864km6 weeks

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