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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.