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Doon Hill and Fairy Knowe

This magical walk is steeped in mystery and is sure to delight adults and children alike.

The circular route passes through beautiful native woodland, open countryside and riverside. Look out for the ancient pine in the middle of a clearing at the top of Doon Hill. Legend has it that the tree is a doorway to an underground Fairy Queen’s palace, where Reverend Robert Kirk’s spirit was trapped after revealing secrets about the fairy folk in 1691.


Here are some facts about the route…

  • Distance: 4 miles (6.5km)
  • Time: 2 hours
  • Start point: Eastern end of Aberfoyle car park
  • Ascent: 124m
  • Grade: Moderate
  • Type of Route: Surfaced paths and forest roads

Aberfoyle is a beautiful wee village on the banks of the River Forth in the magnificent Queen Elizabeth Forest Park. There’s plenty to see and do, whether you want to explore more of the surrounding area or simply stop for a bite to eat after your walk.


The local area

Facilities in the area include:

  • Cycling trails
  • Walking routes
  • Visitor information
  • Go Ape
  • Children’s play park
  • Toilets
  • Cafes & restaurants
  • Local shops
  • Parking for vehicles
  • Queen Elizabeth Forest Park
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