I’ve shared many of our trips across the UK. The majority of them are to England and Wales, but I recently realised I don’t often share my trips or everyday journeys in and around Scotland as much, so it got me thinking about a short but beautiful scenic road trip we took last Autumn around the Three Lochs Forest Drive.
Exploring the Three Lochs Forest Drive
Three Lochs Forest Drive is located between Callander and Aberfoyle in the heart of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park.
As the name suggests, the drive will take you past three picturesque lochs – Lochan Reòidhte, Loch Drunkie and Loch Achray.
It’s a great way to enjoy parts of this beautiful countryside without having to leave your car. Ideal on days when it’s chilly.
We often visit Callander, but this was our first time visiting this particular area and we weren’t disappointed.
The views are amazing and although Callander is only a 10-minute drive away, it feels like you are a million miles away whilst surrounded by trees, mountains and water. My idea of a great day out.
And although we visited on a sunny autumn day, the Three Lochs Forest Drive can also be enjoyed on a rainy day since you don’t have to get out of your vehicle.
I loved being able to appreciate the scenery from inside my wheelchair accessible vehicle (WAV).
We even took snacks and hot drinks with us which we enjoyed with the windows rolled down. It felt nice to sit listening to the sounds of wildlife and taking in the views around us.
The tracks throughout the scenic drive are a mix of tarmac and gravel. The overall condition of the road is good, but there were some potholes and bumps along the way which were easily avoided.
How long is the Three Lochs Forest Drive?
The Forest Drive is seven miles long and takes on average 45 minutes to 1 hour to drive around. It has a 10 mph limit and a one-way system throughout the route, but there are several places to pull in, to enable you to stop whenever you want and for as long as you want to take in the views. Highly recommend!
Opening times for Three Lochs Forest Drive?
Three Lochs Forest Drive is open seven days a week, 9am – 4pm, between March and October.
Does the Three Lochs Forest Drive cost?
There is a charge of £3 to drive the Three Lochs Forest route, but it’s free for blue badge holders.
What to do in the area
A visit to Callander and the Three Lochs Forest drive together would make a great day out. Callander is also a popular tourist destination for tourists on holiday in the nearby area.
If you are looking for accessible accommodation in the Callander area I would recommend Forest Holidays Strathyre. I’ve stayed in one of their wheelchair accessible log cabins with a hot tub and hoist.
If you are feeling hungry after the drive, then you may want to enjoy a meal at Venachar Lochside, a gorgeous boathouse-style restaurant that sits right on the edge of Loch Venachar. If nothing else, go for the views. You won’t be disappointed.
Less than two miles away is The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre in Aberfoyle which has scenic trails suitable for all, a lovely café and an accessible toilet. I’ve visited here when picking out my Christmas tree.
Another well-known loch in the Trossachs is Loch Lubnaig which is around 15 miles from Three Lochs Forest Drive. The Cabin at Loch Lubnaig is a nice spot to stop off, rest and recharge. Facilities include food/drink and an accessible toilet. And stunning views.
Wheelchair Accessible Things to do in Loch Lomond, The Trossachs & Stirling
If you are interested in exploring more of the Trossachs, check out my wheelchair accessible tips and travel guide to visiting Loch Lomond, The Trossachs National Park and Stirling.