Lodge Forest Visitor Centre - Queen Elizabeth Forest Park

Enjoy panoramic views and scenic trails, including a gentle stroll to a waterfall and more strenuous routes to lofty woods and rocky crags.

Walking trails

  • Waterfall Trail -  A pleasant stroll through the trees to a dramatic waterfall that appears as if by magic. Plenty of places to sit or play along the way.  Wide, firm gravel surface throughout, with some loose stones. Long gentle slope for 400m with some short moderate sections. Short section of uneven wooden boardwalk. 1 miles / 1.8 km
  • Oak Coppice Trail - A scenic walk through ancient oak woodland that is cloaked in velvety green lichens – a sure sign of the clean air up here.  Largely firm gravel surface, with a few uneven sections. Several short steep slopes and one short flight of steps. 1 ¾ miles / 2.9 km
  • Duke’s Trail -  Follow in the footsteps of the Duke of Montrose, climbing above Duke’s Pass for great views before passing through Achray Forest’s stately spruce woods. Varied surface, with some long fairly steep sections. Narrow and uneven rocky path with some muddy parts.  4 miles / 6.5 km
  • Lime Craig Trail - A fair climb through the forest to Lime Craig for magnificent views over the Carse of Stirling and along the Highland Boundary Fault.  Sustained steep slope for 700m up to Lime Craig, but largely firm gravel surface. Rough rocky section for further 250m up to viewpoint which can be avoided. Includes two bridges. 4 miles / 6.6 km


Watch for wildlife

This is a great place to watch wildlife – there’s the easy-to-reach Red Squirrel Hide as well as live wildlife camera feeds in the Visitor Centre, featuring ospreys, red squirrels, water voles and other amazing animals found in the Forest Park. The Aberfoyle Osprey camera feed is available online here.

Go Ape tree top adventure 

The Lodge is also home to the award winning Go Ape. If you want a bird’s eye view of the forest or to leap through the canopy like a red squirrel, then this is the place to be.


If you want to test your navigation skills and see some bits of the forest most visitors don`t then why not pick up a free orienteering map from reception. We have three courses to choose from that vary in length and navigational difficulty - great for families with young children, or anyone seeking something more challenging than a sign-posted route.

Car parking charges

  • £1 for up to 1 hour
  • £3 for all day
  • £12 for minibus and coach all day


Water and sheltered tie-up points are available outside the visitor centre. No dogs (except assistance dogs) are allowed in the café area.

Sunday  10:00 - 16:00  Open
Monday  10:00 - 16:00  Open
Tuesday  10:00 - 16:00  Open
Wednesday  10:00 - 16:00  Open
Thursday  10:00 - 16:00  Open
Friday  10:00 - 16:00  Open
Saturday  10:00 - 16:00  Open
Lodge Forest Visitor Centre - Queen Elizabeth Forest Park
  • Duke`s Pass,
    Aberfoyle, FK8 3SX
  • 0131 370 5674

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