The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre
The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre sits on the slopes above Aberfoyle in the heart of Cowal and Trossachs Forest District. It is managed by Forestry Commission Scotland and serves the forestry directorate of the Scottish Government. Our mission is to protect and expand Scotland’s forests and woodlands and increase their value to society and the environment.
The Lodge offers superb views over the Carse of Stirling to the south and the great forests of Loch Ard and Achray to the west and north. Ben Lomond dominates the view to the west.
Whether you want to do a little or do a lot, The Lodge is made for you. Relax and enjoy the spectacular views, stroll to the waterfall, visit the Red Squirrel Hide or swing through the trees with Go Ape – the choice is yours. There’s also a cafe with panoramic views, a well-stocked shop full of Scottish goodies, clothing and souvenirs, and all the information you need to explore the Forest Park.
The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre is near Aberfoyle.
•From Glasgow follow the A81 north to Aberfoyle.
•From Stirling follow the A84(T), A873 then A81 west to Aberfoyle.
•From Callander follow the A81 south to Aberfoyle or, for a more scenic route, take the A821 – known as The Duke’s Pass – via The Trossachs.
The Lodge is a mile (1.8km) north of Aberfoyle on the A821.
The car park is at grid reference NN 520 014.
FK8 3SX is the nearest postcode.
There are regular buses from Stirling (the nearest railway station) to Aberfoyle. You’ll find details at Traveline Scotland.
National Cycle Route 7 also passes through the Forest Park.