Queen Elizabeth Forest Park

Escape to a wild Scottish landscape of mountains, moorlands, forests, rivers and lochs.

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If you want a real adventure you can also arrange to camp on the banks of Loch Lomond

A little way to the north of the bustle and history of Glasgow and Edinburgh is the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park. With its still, tranquil lochs, wreathed in mists, its thickly wooded hills and its rugged mountains, it holds the kind of natural beauty which is so strongly associated with Scotland.

It is a 50,000 acre park with glorious scenery, ranging from mountains to moor and rivers to lochs, all set in endless woodland. It is unrivalled for its wildlife and outdoors activities: it holds Britain’s largest off-road cycle network and many pony treks that follow woodland trails or mountain ascents.

The Black Lodge

The Lodge is found near Aberfoyle and is a great place to start exploring Queen Elizabeth Forest Park. From here you can take the Three Lochs Forest Drive, which is perfect for those who don’t fancy a hike — the path will take you right to the heart of the Loch Achray Forest, where you can enjoy the astounding Trossachs views. Alternatively, Loch Ard’s peaceful, picturesque shores are an ideal place for a relaxed family stroll or cycle ride, and it’s not far to the famous Loch Katrine, where you can take a trip on an ancient steamship.

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The Lodge offers the opportunity to watch the park’s wildlife, undisturbed and in their natural habitats, through live CCTV. The star of the show is undoubtedly the osprey, which arrive in spring and pair up with theirs mates, but you can also see eagles, peregrines, badgers, rutting deer, and the native red squirrel — so rare elsewhere in Britain these days.

Nearby Attractions

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Stirling Castle
Looming grandly from the crag of Castle Hill, Stirling Castle is one of the Scotland's most important and impressive castles.
Wallace Monument
This Victorian Gothic tower commemorates William Wallace, the 13th-century hero who fought for Scottish independence.
The Trossachs National Park
The Trossachs and Loch Lomond National Park is known for its beautiful lochs, flora and fauna, woodland parks and beaches.
Loch Katrine
A picturesque loch set in the centre of Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, fictionalised in Sir Walter Scott's 'The Lady of the Lake.'
Loch Lomond
Situated in the heart of the Trossachs National Park, Loch Lomond is one of Scotland's fresh water lochs and is dotted with tiny islands.
Culross is a village and former royal burgh, and parish, in Fife, and one of Scotland's most picturesque villages, often used as a film and television location.

Related Tours

Private Excursion to the Highlands
This full-day excursion will take you away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre, to the medieval city of Stirling and natural beauty of the Trossachs and Loch Lomond National Park.

  • Enjoy a scenic drive to the medieval city of Stirling 
  • Visit the magnificent Stirling Castle, which overlooks the city of Sterling
  • Learn about  the key moments of Scotland's long and bloody history, as well as renown characters including Mary Queen of Scots and William Wallace 
  • Stop for a traditional Scottish lunch at Stirling (not included in price) 
  • Snap pictures of Scotland's finest natural beauties, the Trossachs and Loch Lomond National Park
  • Take a stroll near Loch Katrine, which inspired many great literary figures 
  • Stroll through Aberfoyle, an impressive forest park with stunning waterfalls
  • Enjoy a drive back to Edinburgh 
Stirling - the Spirit of Scotland

Leaving Edinburgh, your tour will begin with a scenic drive to the medieval city of Stirling, where you will be visiting the magnificent Stirling Castle. Overlooking the ancient city of Stirling, the castle is one of the most iconic historic buildings of Scotland and has come to symbolize the spirit of this great nation.

During your visit to the castle you will learn about the key moments of Scotland’s long, violent and bloody history. You will hear stories of the fascinating characters who called Stirling Castle their home, including of Mary Queen of Scots, William Wallace, Robert the Bruce, and Bonnie Prince Charlie. You will also have the chance of exploring picturesque Stirling town, where you will have the pleasure of sampling some traditional Scottish fare.

The Scottish Highlands in Miniature

You will then proceed towards one of the most scenic areas in Scotland, the Trossachs and Loch Lomond National Park, also known as ‘the Scottish Highlands in Miniature’, for it offers such a splendid view over myriad gorgeous lochs, untamed mountains and wonderful forests. You will be making several stops at various scenic locations, to ensure that you get to enjoy the absolute best of the beautiful Trossachs. 

You will have the pleasure of taking a stroll near Loch Katrine, one of the most beautiful in all of Scotland. Set in the centre of Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, Loch Katrine is said to of inspired great literary figures, including Sir Walter Scott who wrote his famed poem Lady of the Lake in 1810 after visiting Loch Katrine. One last treat will be a stop at Aberfoyle where you will explore the impressive forest park, complete with stunning waterfall and scenic views over the famous Scottish highlands. 


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