Aberfoyle is a village on the River
Forth, in the Trossachs area of
Perthshire, in the council of Stirling,
popular for its Wool Centre, walking on
the Rob Roy
Way, the scenic mountain road between
Aberfoyle and Callander passing the
Hilltop Lodge with a Go Ape
Katrine for boat trips, and a number
of popular mountains for hiking from the
1,512ft Ben A'an to the
Venue, both with stunning views
across Loch Katrine.
View a Click on Map for the Area
The image top right is of the Scottish Wool
Centre in Aberfoyle where there is a large car
park. This is an extremely popular shop with
many tour buses visiting. There is a course
next to the centre for sheep and duck herding,
a popular attraction most days in summer
The image second top is of the Information
Centre at the main car park for information on
attractions and accommodation in the area. Note
the hill behind the Visitor Centre, the road to
Loch Katrine goes over that hill.
The image third top is looking east along
the Main Street. The sign here is pointing to
the Hill Road that runs over the mountains to
Loch Katrine and Callander, extremely steep in
places and one of the most scenic roads in
The Rainbows End Sweet Shop is situated on
the Main Street, and the Faerie Tree Inn next
to the Sweet Shop. There area a few shops and
eateries along this street, see the Shops and
Restaurants Links above for a map listing them
The image right is of The
Lodge forest visitor centre sitting high in
the hills above Aberfoyle. The Lodge gives
information on the area, has a cafe with
stunning views, a Go Ape activity centre with
one of the longest Zip Wires in the UK, a
number of walking routes, and a forest drive
past three lochs.
Katrine is situated 6 miles northeast of
Aberfoyle, reached via the really steep hill
road that passes The Lodge. This road is second
gear much of the way with hairpin bends. One of
the top tourist roads in Scotland.
Loch Katrine is popular for boat trips and
its cycle lane alongside the loch, also with a
cycle hire shop. You can take one of a few
trips, including bike out and boat back.
This is the area where Rob Roy the
famous early 1700s Scottish outlaw was born and
The hill road then leads 10 miles from Loch
Katrine to Callander, another popular village
in the Trossachs area.
Aberfoyle history begins as a small village
built around slate mining with a number of
quarries in the area.
1803 - William Wordsworth wrote the poem
Grave, about a Scottish outlaw from the
area in the early 1700s.
1809 - Sir Walter Scott visits the Loch
Katrine and produces the poem - The Lady of the
Lake, about three men trying to win the
affections of a woman in the area.
1817 - Sir Walter Scott published the novel
leading to more interest in the area.
1882 - the Railway reached Aberfoyle,
increasing visitor numbers.
1995 the film Rob Roy
starring Liam Neeson is released.
2002 - the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National
Park is opened covering about 700 square
miles, with the Trossachs section around
Aberfoyle, Lock Katrine and Callander. See the
Click on Map at the top of the page for the
area top attractions and mountains.