About The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre
The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre at Aberfoyle opened for business on Monday 19th August following a £1.6M revamp that has transformed the centre into a state of the art facility.
A fantastic addition to the top-flight visitor attractions in the area, the refreshed and new-look centre is the perfect base from which to explore the wider area.
Right at the heart of the spectacular Queen Elizabeth Forest Park, The Lodge is the place to start your forest experience. With its amazing network of trails for walkers, mountain bikers, runners and riders, new natural play features, the fantastic Go-Ape tree top trek and a programme of events and activities (check Facebook) there is something here for all ages and all abilities. And to round off your visit stop in at the fantastic Lodge café offering coffees, light lunches and spectacular panoramic views!
Nature Play at The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre
Nature play opened in June 2013.
Tales of the Trails
We'd love to hear what you think of the trails. Share your experiences with us and you could win will £100 from our prize draw. Find out more about Tales of the Trails.
The Lodge Visitor Centre is the best place to start exploring Queen Elizabeth Forest Park.
This impressive building was gifted to the Forestry Commission in 1960 by the Carnegie Trust. The Lodge Visitor Centre offers some of the most spectacular views in the area, including a stunning view across Loch Ard Forest to Ben Lomond.
This is the ideal base from which to explore the forest environment. Waymarked paths starting from here range from half a mile to a four mile trek.
The views from The Lodge are spectacular, taking in the Campsie Hills, Ben Lomond and across Loch Ard Forest.
The visitor centre is also the location of the Go Ape! high wire adventure course.
Wildlife Watch offers Live CCTV images beamed from different locations within the forest. You may be lucky enough to see Buzzards, Red Squirrels, Peregrines and even Ospreys (see Aberfoyle Ospreys link on the right for more information).
10:00-16:00 School holiday weekends
Easter holiday weekends 10:00-17:00
May - June
July - August
November - December
Closed 24 Dec at 14:00
Reopened 3rd January 10:00 – 15:00
Taking care of the environment
At The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre we encourage visitors to take responsibility for their impact on the enviroment. You can read more about this in our Responsible Visitor Charter and Environmental Policy.
Please note the following car park charges at The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre
- Any vehicle for 1hr - £1.00
Car all day - £3.00
Minibus/coach all day - £12.00
Find out about our plans to give the previously named David Marshall Lodge and surrounding area a well deserved upgrade.
How to get there:
For details of public transport visit http://www.travelinescotland.com
Other places to go in Achray Forest
What's on in Queen Elizabeth Forest Park
- Young Bird Watchers Tuesday 15 April 2014
Thursday 17 April 2014
Tuesday 8 April 2014
Thursday 10 April 2014
- Ospreys Return Saturday 12 April 2014
- Easter Sunday Sunday 20 April 2014
|Several waymarked routes start and finish at the Lodge.
Lime Craig trail
Oak Coppice trail
|There is a link from the Lodge to the National Cycle Network route 7.
|Ranger Guided Walks - booking essential.|
|Permits for local area are available from the shop.|
|Live pictures of Osprey, Blue Tit to be shown in the wildlife room. Click on Aberfoyle Ospreys on related pages to the right.|
|The centre is the location of the Go Ape high wire adventure course.|
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