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Sitting at the heart of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, Glen Finglas is a great expanse of ancient woodland, lochs and open heathland, and home to one of the best examples of upland wood pasture in Scotland.

Glen Finglas is part of The Great Trossachs Forest National Nature Reserve, one of the most ambitious nature restoration projects taking place in Scotland.

Once covered with alder, birch, oak hazel, rowan and willow, only patches of ancient trees remain. Over the next 200 years we aim to restore degraded habitats across the estate, creating a mosaic of woodland, scattered trees and open ground.

A popular way to explore the estate is by walking or mountain biking the 15 mile circular route around Meall Cala (Mell trail). There are plenty of other options, however, ranging from short lowland walks to longer, upland trails. Wheelchair and pushchair users may use the surfaced path around Little Druim Wood, although this route does have steep inclines.

The estate was once part of a royal deer forest where kings hunted, while whisky smugglers and cattle drovers also played a part in its history. Sir Walter Scott immortalised Glen Finglas in his poems ‘Lady of the Lake’ and ‘Glenfinlas’.

Along with neighbouring Milton Glen, the Lendrick Plantation and Bochastle field, Glen Finglas makes up the largest Woodland Trust property to date. The estate supports iconic wildlife including red deer, golden eagles and black grouse.

Events at Glen Finglas

Join us for a walk, see the beauty of the wood through a lens or wrap up warm and blow away the cobwebs with friends and family.

Setting

Glen Finglas lies 5 miles west of Callander and 22 miles north-west of Stirling. From Glasgow take the A81 to Aberfoyle, then the A821 over the Duke's Pass to Brig o'Turk.

Trails start from the Glen Finglas Visitor Gateway in the Lenrick Hill car park, just outside Brig o' Turk. Toilets, information and free wi-fi are available at the Visitor Gateway.

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Access/Walks

There are many access points from Brig o'Turk and the various car parks. Download our leaflet (PDF 4.8MB)

Little Druim Wood also features a family friendly play trail (PDF, 9.5MB), see what you can find and try our quiz!

You can also learn more about the artists and writers that have been inspired by the local landscape by following The Great Trossachs Forest's Art & Literature Trail.

Accommodation

To find the nearest accommodation visit TripAdvisor or Visit Scotland.

Looking to extend your adventure with a holiday in the great outdoors? Whether you’re glamping, camping or caravanning, our partner Freedom To Go can help you find the perfect pitch.

Directions

By car

From Glasgow take the A81 to Aberfoyle, then the A821 over the Duke’s Pass to Brig o’Turk village.

From Edinburgh head west on to the M9 and continue to Junction 10 at Stirling.

From Stirling take the A84 to Callander. Continue 1 mile north to Kilmahog, then turn left on to the A821.

There are three car parks along the A821: the Glen Finglas car park (park here for the Mell trail), the Little Druim car park, and the Glen Finglas, or Lendrick Hill Car Park, just outside the village of Brig o’Turk. The Dam Road car park lies on the other side of the village, and there's also a car park for disabled badge holders nearer the dam on the Glen Finglas reservoir. Groups may reserve the coach parking space by e-mailing scotland@woodlandtrust.org.uk

By public transport

There are no bus or rail links to Glen Finglas, although a taxi service operates all year round. For details visit traveline or call 08712 002233.

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