This is a selection of walks in the central and western area of the Trossachs most of which are within 30 minutes of Lenymede Bed and Breakfast. For walks in other areas close to Lenymede bed and breakfast go to Callander Walks Page or the Harder Walks Page. To see a map of the area click here.
This small peak is a little gem which offers rewarding and magnificent views far out of proportion to the effort required to reach its summit. Ben A'an overlooks Loch Katrine and immediately below you can view the boat stage from which the steamship S.S. Sir Walter Scott sails. If you are there at 11 am during the season you will see the steamer sail down the loch, passing below the towering mass of Ben Venue. To locate Ben A'an see Map.
As an alternative to the Achray Forest Drive there are many walks through this part of the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park. One of the best starts at the Brig of Turk and continues up to the view point near Dukes Pass and the through the forest and onto Loch Achray, and along its shores back to Brig of Turk.
Visit the Visitor Centre, learn about the local wildlife, the Great Highland Fault and walk the woodland trails. A pleasurable way to spend the afternoon. Combine it with a boat trip to Inchmahome Priory or a drive through the Achray Forest. There are three waymarked walks here all of which have information boards at points of interest.
A circular walk along the shores of Glen Finglas Reservoir and up the Glen. Good views south, and most enjoyable. Not difficult but about 13 miles long with a highest point of approximately 460m. Allow 4 - 5 hours. See Map
Starting from the car park near Braeval east of Aberfoyle, a pleasant walk leads along and over the Menteith Hills, down into the eastern end of the Achray Forest to the shores of Loch Venachar and hence to Callander or the Laid Inn at Kilmahog for refreshment.
On the way ford one larger (my daughter Aneka took a nose dive into this one) and several smaller streams and the middle section can be boggy. crossing the highest point on the walk takes yuo to the lovely Lochan Balloch, an ideal spot for a picnic. At the end of the lochan either turn right onto a forestry track that brings you onto the Invertrossachs Road at East Lodge or straightover to a footpath that joins the road at West Dullater. The later leaves a longer road walk but alngside Loch Venachar.
A little further afield this 3 mile walk follows part of the West Highland Way and offers splendid views over the southern end of Loch Lomond with its collection of beautiful islands. To get there take the A81 Glasgow road and turn off (A811) for Drymen and then onto Balmaha (B837). In Balmaha park at the back of the visitor car park which is on the right. Here there is a forestry track; turn right onto it and continue to the second left turn which is marked by a West Highland Way arrow.
Continue through mature conifers to a kissing gate and follow the path up and left, climbing a series of steps. The path flattens out and then swings right climbing more steeply through Bealach Ard. The track is easily followed and as you approach its highest point look for a path leading up to the right and follow this to a col, turn left and continue to the highest summit of Conic Hill. From here you have magnificent views to Ben Lomond and over the loch. Note that Conic Hill comprises a series of tops dipping away towards Loch Lomond and the line is continued through a series of islands. This, in fact marks the Great Highland Boundary Fault which continues on through Aberfoyle (see the Highland Boundary Fault Trail) and through Kilmahog just west of Callander.
To return, descend along the line of summits, noting the many exposed patches of conglomerate rock or puddingstone. Take care on the steeper sections as many of the stones embedded in the sandstone matrix are treacherously loose and in the wet can be extremely slippery. Continue down until you reach the West Highland Way again near a point marked by a wooden post. You can now either return the way you came or continue to along the hill line and descend to the shores of Loch Lomond and back to the car park. This alternative is a little longer.
For details of a other walks accessible from Lenymede Bed and Breakfast look at the following pages;
For further walking information go to the Hill Safety, the Walk List, the Walking Links, the Dynamic Database (IE4 only) or the Maps Pages.
For further activities information go to the Main Activities, the Activity Holiday Page or Cycling, Fishing, or Golfing Pages.
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