A 30-mile long route running between Callander in the east and Inversnaid at Loch Lomond in the west, taking in scenery, loch shores, hill slopes, mature woodlands, wildlife and history.
At a glance:
Length: 30 miles (48km)
Start/finish: The Great Trossachs Path starts/finishes at Callander/Inversnaid (on Loch Lomond)
How to get there: Regular public buses depart from Stirling to Callander; trains and buses depart from Glasgow to Tarbet, where a boat bus service operated by Cruise Loch Lomond crosses Loch Lomond to Inversnaid
Follow the T-tree signs to stay on The Great Trossachs Path!
The Great Trossachs Path, one of Scotland’s great trails, is a 30-mile long route running between Callander in the east to Inversnaid and Loch Lomond in the west, and also passing through Brig o’ Turk, the Loch Katrine area and Stronachlachar. The path connects the Rob Roy Way with the West Highland Way and also links to the Three Lochs Way, so long-distance walkers will now be able to undertake an extraordinary journey across the centre of Scotland. But it’s also accessible to cyclists (connecting, among others, with the NCN7), and has numerous smaller walks, which should appeal to families, or those just looking for an amazing place to take a weekend stroll.
Spurring from The Great Trossachs Path are 165km of short, long and circular routes of various lengths and challenges. And each has its own unique character. For more details of all the walking opportunities in the area download The Great Trossachs Path leaflet here.
Furthermore, you will find more information on easy walks in the “Gentle Walks in the Great Trossachs Forest” leaflet here or on cycling in the “Cycling the Great Trossachs Path” leaflet here.
A new Great Trossachs Forest App is available giving smart phone users a wealth of information about the area’s wildlife, geography and history. Click here to read more about it and how to download it.
There are currently no designated campsites along The Great Trossachs Path and some sections are subject to the new Camping Byelaws (you can wild camp outside the byelaws management zones). Hostel facilities are available in Callander (Bridgend Hostel) and Inversnaid (Bunkhouse).
Each section of The Great Trossachs Path is slightly different. Here are some highlights:
Inversnaid Pier to/ from RSPB Inversnaid Visitor Gateway
Distance: 1.2 miles/ 2 km
Description: Passing by the beautiful Arklet falls which have been an inspiration to many poets, this section of The Great Trossachs Path offers stunning views over Loch Lomond. The RSPB Inversnaid Visitor Gateway provides local information as well as a public toilet.
Terrain: The path is narrow with steps and some boggy sections. There is a small section on the public road. Cyclists are advised to use the public road for this section of The Great Trossachs Path.
Refreshments: Route passes by Inversnaid Hotel and the Inversnaid Bunk house.
RSPB Inversnaid Visitor Gateway to/ from Stronachlachar
Distance: 3.8 miles/ 6km
Description: Walking along the rugged open hillside is an exhilarating experience. This is one of the newest sections of the woodland corridor within The Great Trossachs Forest NNR.
Terrain: A well made path. There are a couple of very short but steep sections.
Refreshments: The Pier cafe at Stronachlachar.
Stronachlachar to/ from Trossachs Pier
Distance: 12.4 miles/ 20 km
Description: This stunning lochside journey has inspired artists and writers for hundreds of years. The story of this landscape continues today with a new forest in the making- over a million native trees have been planted here.
Terrain: tarmac single track road along the lochside.
Refreshments: The Pier cafe at Stronachlachar and Brenachoile Cafe at Trossachs Pier
Trossachs Pier to/ from Glen Finglas Visitor Gateway, near to Brig o’ Turk
Distance: 6 miles/ 9.7 km
Description: Dense woodland and the picturesque village of Brig o’ Turk offer a variety of sights and sounds along this section.
Terrain: Mostly on forest tracks with short sections on roadside pavements and a narrow boardwalk.
Refreshments: Brenachoile Cafe at Trossachs Pier, The Byre Inn, Brig o’ Turk or the Brig o’ Turk Tearoom.
The Glen Finglas Visitor Gateway provides local information as well as a public toilet.
Glen Finglas Visitor Gateway, near Brig o’ Turk to/ from Kilmahog
Distance: 5.4 miles/ 8.6 km
Description: Passing through ancient woodland, open hills and newly emerging trees- there is so much nature to experience along this section.
Terrain: Well made off road path for the whole section. If cycling take care as there are some short steep sections.
Refreshments: Byre Inn or Brig o’ Turk Tearoom in Brig o’ Turk or The Lade Inn at Kilmahog
Kilmahog to/ from Callander
Distance: 1.2 miles/ 2km
Description: This section follows the old railway line from Callander and passes through farmland and the outskirts of the town.
Terrain: Mostly tarmac- following the old railway line.
Refreshments: The Lade Inn, Kilmahog. Numerous options in Callander.
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