Scotland from the Roadside


Southern Scotland
The Trossachs
Loch Lomond


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Aberfoyle is located on the River Forth near its source and is often referred to as the Gateway to the Trossachs. It is certainly a tourist centre for that area, as well as the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park.

In Sir Walter Scott’s novel Rob Roy, the village was referred to as the Clachan of Aberfoyle and it was in the tavern here that Bailie Nicol Jarvie fought off an attacker using a red-hot poker. The Bailie Nicol Jarvie Inn now stands on the site of that tavern.

To the west of the village a small bridge crosses the Forth; on the southern side of the river, to the east, is Doon Hill.

From Aberfoyle there are two routes to Loch Lomond. The first is to follow the A81 south to join the A811 from Stirling.

Alternatively the B829 heads west, following the route of the emerging River Forth, to Loch Ard. At the western end of Loch Ard, the road heads northwest following the Water of Chon to the small Loch Dhu and Loch Chon itself. Once past Loch Chon, the road heads through Loch Ard Forest to the eastern end of Loch Arklet. At this point there is a smaller road that leads east, towards Stronachlachar by Loch Katrine, or west through Glen Arklet to the pier at Inversnaid on the eastern side of Loch Lomond.

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