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No. of Trails: 2
Facilities:
Car Park
Toilets
Cafe
Location:-
Head along the A81 and you will see the forestry commission carpark labelled braeval. Park in there.

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Description:-
mix of forest road and a wee bit of (wet) singletrack. within easy reach of glasgow, and only a few miles from aberfoyle.


Trails at Aberfoyle

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Trail TitleLength (Miles)Ascent (Mtrs)Time (Hrs)Tech GradeFitness Grade
Mentieth Hills13.96234 Moderate Moderate
Loch Katrine loop31.27053 Very Easy Easy

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Path to Loch Venechar (between point 4 and 5) is very bad for going by bike. A lot of big drops and unridable climbs. If you decide to go, try to turn right before small lake - Rob Roy way (it is not ... read whole comment...
cervmi gave this trail 3 stars about 1 year ago
Route still blocked by loads of fallen trees so involved some hike-a-bike and missed out a large portion of the singletrack down towards Loch Venachar. Diversion on the cycle route back due to fores... read whole comment...
vicki gave this trail 3 stars about 3 years ago
Loads of windthrown trees blocking the route from around GR 577045, as at Feb 2015. Easy enough to cross the clear-felled area toward Loch V, but not sure how much of the singletrack you miss out.
niall gave this trail 3 stars about 3 years ago
I rode this route for the first time for about twenty years recently (we used to do it a lot before the development of trail centres). It's potentially quite a wet route as others have mentioned but I... read whole comment...
jurassic gave this trail 4 stars about 3 years ago
It's an utter washout when it has been raining...but when dry the ride over the hills and descent down is great fun. Climb up from Aberfoyle is a rather featureless fireroad until you get to the end o... read whole comment...
dickbarton gave this trail 3 stars about 6 years ago

Mentieth Hills


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Length: 13.9 Miles
Ascent: 623 m
Time: 4 hrs
Tech Grade: Moderate
Fitness Grade: Moderate
Av. Trail Rating:
(6 votes so far)
Description:-
Start from the carpark and head straight up the hill! Follow the main forest road and bear left at first junction, then take right hand forest road (signposted) and continue up on the road.

After approx 1/2 KM you will cross a river and this is where the singletrack starts. You cant really go wrong until you get to the small fishing loch at 3). keep your eyes peeled as you go down the forest road for a small path on the left this will take you down some techy singletrack to the road at loch venechar. If you miss this small path don't worry you can come down the forest road to the loch as well.

Once there you can pop down the road to callendar for a pint and a pie, then return to this position or turn left and head west down the road. You will soon get to a small trail that skirts the loch then you will come to the forest drive. for now it is a bit of slog following that forest road up, up and up! But it doesn't need any great navigational skills. You should without too much trouble be able to reach the top, and reach a good pace coming back down into the trail system (great ape etc) at the David Marshall lodge (DML). Once there - head back along the trail beside the golf course and you'll be back at the car in no-time.

you can easily play about near the DML for a few hours, there are loads of small tracks to explore down there, and indeed go into aberfoyle for a refreshment etc.

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Mainly on a asphalt paths. Nice views, quite easy route :). You can use road bike, but road to Aberfoyle is not in good condition
cervmi gave this trail 3 stars about 1 year ago

Loch Katrine loop


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Length: 31.2 Miles
Ascent: 705 m
Time: 3 hrs
Tech Grade: Very Easy
Fitness Grade: Easy
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Description:-
This is not strictly a MTB route, being all on tarmac, but much of it is on traffic-free roads. I recommend stopping at Stronachlachar Pier Cafe for a scone, after which is 18km of mostly downhill / flat. If starting at Aberfoyle Wool Centre (loads of free parking there) as I did, then the long climb up Dukes Pass is out of the way first (took me about 30 minutes to the top, although people with road-bikes could do it much quicker). A lovely and very popular route around the loch with beautiful views.

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Aberfoyle has some great wee hidden gems of singletrack littered across the whole area, but it also has plenty of boring, featureless fireroad to connect them all. It is a good area for biking though ... read whole comment...
dickbarton commented about 6 years ago

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