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Size:

4,095.28 ha (10,119.44 acres)

Grid reference:

NN521108

Map reference:

Explorer 365

OS Landranger 57

With sweeping vistas of rolling hills mirrored in glassy lochs, heather-covered uplands, hidden glens and ancient woodland, Glen Finglas epitomises the Scottish Highlands.

Our largest site, it lies at the heart of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park and is part of the Great Trossachs Forest National Nature Reserve. It has something for everyone: a wealth of wildlife, intriguing history, and walks to suit all abilities.

Features

  • Parking at site
  • Parking nearby
  • Public access
  • Autumn colour
  • Spring flowers
  • Waymarked walk
  • Grassland
  • Marshland
  • Moorland
  • Broadleaved woodland

How to get to Glen Finglas

The 4,875-hectare (12,044-acre) Glen Finglas Estate partly surrounds the small village of Brig o’ Turk at the heart of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park. The estate is made up of Glen Finglas (4,096 hectares/10,121 acres), Milton (756 hectares/1,868 acres) and Bochastle (23 hectares/57 acres). It includes the glens of Finglas, Meann and Casaig, Milton, the southern slopes of Stuc Odhar (Lendrick Hill) and land along the shore of Loch Venachar.

The estate is at the eastern end of the Great Trossachs Forest NNR which stretches from just outside Callander to the shores of Loch Lomond.

From Glasgow, take the A81 to Aberfoyle, then the A821 over the Duke’s Pass and travel through Brig o’ Turk to the car park. Should the Duke’s Pass be closed due to weather, follow the A81 from Aberfoyle through Port of Menteith and into Callander.

From Edinburgh, head west to junction 10 at Stirling then take the A84 to Callander. Continue for 1.6km (1 mile) north to Kilmahog, then turn left onto the A821 to Little Druim car park, 7.6km (4.7 miles) on the left. Lendrick Hill car park is a further 0.8km (0.5 miles) on the right.

The nearest train station is Bridge of Allan, 29km (18 miles) from the wood. There is another train station in Dunblane, 31 km (19 miles) from the wood.

Visit National Rail for more information.

Unfortunately there are no bus stops within 8km (5 miles) of the wood but there are buses to Callander from Stirling and to Aberfoyle from Glasgow & Stirling (Callander and Aberfoyle and 9.6km/6 miles and 12.8km/8 miles away respectively). You can also pre-book Demand-Responsive Transport which operates all year round.

Visit Traveline Scotland or Stirling Council for more information.

You can cycle to Brig o’ Turk from Callander on the Great Trossachs Forest path and/or National Cycle Network (number 7), along the south side of Loch Venachar. There are bikes available to hire at the Wheels Cycling Centre in Callander.

Facilities and access

Glen Finglas has an extensive and varied network of walking routes to suit all abilities, centring around the Visitor Gateway building in the main Lendrick Hill car park.

There are low-level routes on surfaced paths over undulating terrain, partially surfaced paths which may have short, steep sections, and challenging routes with steep sections through remote areas. Suitable outdoor clothing, strong footwear, map, compass and food and drink are advised for the more strenuous routes.

The Visitor Gateway has maps and leaflets for the area, and also an interactive AV screen giving information about the estate and the work of the Trust.

There are several car parks to choose from in Glen Finglas, depending on which trail you are planning to follow. The main car park is at Lendrick Hill, which has over 20 permanent spaces plus an additional 20 seasonal spaces and is approximately 0.8km (0.5 miles) east of the village. Little Druim car park (12 spaces) is 1.6km (1 mile) east of the village, and Dam Road car park (six spaces) is on the Dam Road just before the Finglas Reservoir Dam. Bochastle Forestry Commission car park (15 cars) is at the eastern end of the site, about 8km (5 miles) from Brig o’ Turk and just outside Kilmahog.

Private vehicles are not allowed beyond the gate on the Dam Road, or on the section between the Dam Road car park and the dam itself.

The Visitor Gateway at the Lendrick Hill car park has an accessible toilet with baby changing facilities and is open from April to October.

Other than this, the nearest toilets are in Callander or Aberfoyle, and also at the Loch Katrine Pier Complex and the David Marshall Lodge Visitor Centre, but only available when these are open.

Wildlife and habitats

Animals

Lovers of rare wildlife will love Glen Finglas as it is home to many iconic animals. The red squirrel is so abundant here you might even spot one in the Visitor Gateway car park or at the feeding station on the play trail. The majestic red deer is also at home in Glen Finglas, along with the playful otter and tiny field vole. The site provides habitats for rare and endangered species, such as pine marten, osprey, golden eagle and black grouse.

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Trees, plants and fungi

With dazzling bluebells, weird and wonderful fungi, a variety of trees and shrubs and a selection of vivid wild flowers, Glen Finglas is full to the brim with breathtaking species.

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Habitats

From rare ancient woodland to open grassland areas, wood pasture and marshland, Glen Finglas is the perfect place to discover a wide range of habitats.

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In 1996, we acquired Glen Finglas with the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund. This was followed by acquisitions of the Lendrick plantation, land at Bochastle, and a Milton Glen lease, which includes Milton Burn and the summit of Ben Ledi.

About Glen Finglas

History

Glen Finglas is steeped in a rich history. The landscape was carved by glaciers during the last Ice Age and these have left behind large boulders, such as Samson’s Stone at Bochastle. 

There is evidence of human settlement dating from medieval times. In 1364, Glen Finglas was taken into royal ownership and for over 300 years was a popular hunting forest for Scottish kings and nobility.

The famous outlaw, Rob Roy McGregor, immortalised by Sir Walter Scott’s historical novel, Rob Roy, lived in the area during the late 17th and early 18th centuries and is buried in the churchyard at the village of Balquhidder. Glen Finglas was the site of conflicts between the MacGregor and Colquhoun clans around this time.

Glen Finglas inspired poets such as Wordsworth, Coleridge and Gerard Manley Hopkins. Sir Walter Scott’s epic poem, The Lady of the Lake (1810), is set around the nearby Loch Katrine.

Conservation and threats

Glen Finglas is part of one of the most significant woodland regeneration projects to take place in a generation.

The Great Trossachs Forest NNR stretches from just outside Callander to the shores of Loch Lomond. With Glen Finglas in the east, the RSPB’s Inversnaid nature reserve in the west and Loch Katrine (managed by the Forestry Commission) in the middle, the project covers an area equal in size to Glasgow.

Launched in 2009 by the Scottish Forest Alliance, the project has a 200-year lifetime. Ultimately, it will be one of the largest native broadleaf woodlands in the UK, providing visitors and local people with a range of opportunities to experience this iconic landscape.

We’ve already achieved a lot. A large area of mosaic woodland and open habitats has already been created. Ecosystems damaged through years of over-exploitation continue to be restored and enhanced to increase the potential of wildlife to adapt to climate change, and partners work collaboratively to encourage as many people as possible to experience the incredible natural beauty and unique cultural heritage of the area.

Early purple orchids

A lasting legacy

This wood is just one of many to have been protected by gifts in wills, securing it for generations to come. Your legacy gift could also make a real difference to woods, trees and wildlife.

Learn what your gift could mean

Things to do in Glen Finglas

Walking

With a range of routes to suit all abilities, there is a walk for everyone to enjoy. So dust off your walking boots, put on your waterproofs, grab your map and get walking!

Dedication bench at Watkins Wood

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This wood is one of more than 50 across the UK where it's possible to dedicate trees, benches or larger areas of woodland. Mark a special occasion or celebrate the life of a loved one with a meaningful gesture that lasts. 

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Glen Finglas - Management plan

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Glen Finglas Management Plan

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