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Three Lochs Forest Drive | Beautiful Scenic Drive in Scotland

The Three Lochs Forest Drive is a scenic route that takes you through beautiful forests and past three stunning lochs. It is a popular destination for nature lovers and those seeking a peaceful retreat. The drive offers breathtaking views and opportunities for wildlife spotting. Whether you’re a local or a visitor, the Three Lochs Forest Drive is a must-see attraction that will leave you in awe of the natural beauty of the area.

As a wheelchair user, I enjoyed an autumn day out with a visit to the Three Lochs Forest Drive. Here’s everything you need to know for your visit.

Ford Tourneo WAV parked up on the side of the road. There is a loch and mountains behind the car.

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
  • 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.

A Ford Tourneo WAV pictured from the rear parked next to a green forestry sign with "Three Lochs Forest Drive" written across it.
Emma sat in her powered wheelchair in the back of her WAV. Emma is smiling at the camera with her head tilted to the side looking through the car window. In the opposite car window is a green sign with 'Three Lochs Forest Drive'.
Three Lochs Forest Drive view of loch and mountains.

Three Lochs Forest Drive: How to get there

To explore the Three Lochs Forest Drive, be aware that it’s a one-way route and you must enter from the correct side. The entrance is situated outside Aberfoyle and can be reached by taking the A821, also called Duke’s Pass, and keeping an eye out for the entrance on the right-hand side. It’s clearly signposted so you shouldn’t have difficulty finding it, but keep in mind that it is approximately 2 miles down the road.

Here is a map of the Three Lochs Forest Drive.

Three Lochs Forest Drive Experience

The views are amazing, and although Callander is only a 10-minute drive away, it feels like you are a million miles away while surrounded by trees, mountains, and water. My idea of a great day out.

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, which is also a benefit to this particular scenic drive as a wheelchair user.

I loved being able to appreciate the scenery from inside my wheelchair accessible vehicle (WAV).

Emma sitting in her powered wheelchair inside her wheelchair accessible car. The side passenger door is open and Emma is looking out and smiling. The car is parked up next to the Three Lochs Forest Drive sign.
A view of the loch through some pine trees.
Three Lochs Forest Drive view of loch and mountains.
Emma sat in her powered wheelchair in the back of her WAV. Emma is smiling at the camera with her head tilted to the side looking through the car window.

We even took snacks and hot drinks with us, which we enjoyed with the windows rolled down. It felt nice to sit and listen to the sounds of wildlife and take 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 that were easily avoided.

A Ford Tourneo WAV pictured from the rear driving along a tarmac road of the Three Lochs Forest Drive.
A landscape photo of the forest of Three Lochs Forest Drive with a tarmac road running through it.
A landscape photo of the forest of Three Lochs Forest Drive with a tarmac road running through it.
Ford Tourneo WAV parked up on the side of the road. There is a loch and mountains behind the car.
Three Lochs Forest Drive view of loch and mountains.

How long is the Three Lochs Forest Drive?

The Forest Drive is seven miles long and takes on average 45 minutes to one 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.

Emma's grey WAV parked on the road at the entrance of the Three Lochs Forest Drive
A view of the car dashboard and forest drive out the windshield.
A selfie of Emma and Allan inside their wheelchair accessible vehicle.

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 visited here when picking out my Christmas tree.

Another well-known loch in the Trossachs is Loch Lubnaig, around 15 miles from Three Lochs Forest Drive. The Cabin at Loch Lubnaig is a lovely 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 want to explore more of the Trossachs, check out my wheelchair accessible tips and travel guide to visiting Loch Lomond, The Trossachs National Park and Stirling.

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