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Achray Forest Cycle Route

Grading: moderate.

The quiet tracks, lochs and high conifers of the Achray Forest are an enchanting place to explore by bike. This tour through the pine-scented heart of the Trossachs showcases some of the finest landscape and riding the area has to offer – keep your eyes peeled for red squirrel, deer, woodpecker, pine martin or even ospreys.

At a glance

  • Description: heading north
  • Distance: 24 km / 14 miles
  • Ascent: 292m
  • Type: mountain bikes or sturdy hybrids
  • Signage: National Cycle Network (NCN7)

The Trossachs & Lochs Venachar and Drunkie

From Aberfoyle, follow the A821 (Duke’s Pass) uphill for around 400m until you arrive at the ‘blue bicycle’ access gates on the right. Pass through the gates and follow the surfaced track past a woodland play area and the spectacular ‘Little Fawn’ waterfall. Cross the bridge and follow NCN7 signage all the way – the route starts with a reasonable climb, followed by a series of sweeping forest descents, awesome picnic spots and Loch Drunkie’s western shore. More descending leads to a prominent right turn and the southern shoreline of Loch Venachar. Follow the quiet Invertrossachs Road for 9.7km into Callander.

Points of interest

  • Aberfoyle and Callander, walks and picnic areas
  • Queen Elizabeth Forest: The Lodge visitor centre, Go Ape, forest cycle paths, sculpture trail
  • Duke’s Pass and Three Lochs Forest Drive
  • Rob Roy Way – Long Distance Route through the Menteith Hills
  • Views of Loch Drunkie and Loch Venachar


Either end of the route there has cafes, restaurants, pubs, shops, toilets, cycle hire and parking, seasonal toilets at Loch Drunkie.

Download route card

Details are current as of October 2015. Whilst the Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park Authority and its project partners have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the route card information, Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park Authority and its project partners cannot be held responsible in any way for any changes that may take place to the routes, nor for any errors in the route cards, nor for any accidents, injuries or damage sustained whilst following the routes. Cycling is a risk sport and all persons using the cycle routes do so at their own risk, acknowledging and accepting the risk of accident, injury or damage.

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