Aberfoyle

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Aberfoyle is a village on the Rover 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 centre, Loch Katrine for boat trips, and a number of popular mountains for hiking from the 1,512ft Ben A'an to the 2,391ft Ben Venue, both with stunning views across Loch Katrine.

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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 Scotland.

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 all.

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.

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Loch 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 lived.

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 Rob Roy's 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 Rob Roy, 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.

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