Three Lochs Drive
Three Lochs Drive Location
The Three Lochs Drive is a 7 mile forest drive, located two miles north of Aberfoyle, on the A821 which is better known as the Duke's Pass. The Dukes Pass itself is a road famous for its twists, turns and views. Look out for the entrance on the right hand side if you are approaching from Aberfoyle.
Opening Times and Charge
The road is passable for most vehicles, it is reasonably wide and smooth but very dusty road, so you may need to wash your car afterwards! The road is open from daily from 9am from March to October, the entrance barrier is locked at 4pm and the exit barrier locked at 5pm. There is a £2 cost to use the road, this is payable from a machine just after you enter. Regardless of the opening hours though you can walk or cycle through at any time. The drive is operated by Forestry Commission Scotland.
For me the drive feels reminiscent of similar experiences in North American Parks. The drive is spectacular and there are plenty of places to park and take photographs, or go for a walk. Despite going on a warm and sunny June Saturday it was relatively quiet and peaceful. The first loch on your journey is Lochlan Reoidhte.
There are a number of places to camp along the Three Lochs Drive. Permits and information are available from Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park.
You get your first view of Loch Drunkie at the first camping spot. Then you can drive along the banks of the loch, with places to stop and admire the view or something to eat.
Driving on a little further you will find toilet facilities at the main Loch Drunkie Car Park. The trails from the car park include a wheelchair friendly one, which I saw being used. Look out for red squirrels and also the wooden xylophone and sound station on your walk!
Back into the car ss you come towards the end of the drive you can see Loch Achray. Here there are new camping facilities being built.
The National Number 7 cycle route goes through the forest, a pleasant cycle if you don't mind a bit of climb in some places. If you're driving lookout for cyclists and remember that whilst you need to go one way, the cyclists don't!
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