Thursday, 12 June 2008

The Trossachs, Scotland

I have been visiting family in Scotland and have had the opportunity to do some day walks in the area, particularly along the Rob Roy Way, a 126 km trail running from Drymen in the south to Pitlorchy. The trail meanders along old forestry roads and footpaths and provides a variety of scenery. Today I headed north from Aberfoyle, once the end of the railway from Glasgow, this quiet hamlet is the centre of the Forestry service area and has a number of hotels and eating places. I can recommend the Forth Inn as a place to visit for a meal.

Back to the trail, the trail climbs steadily once it leaves the main street in Aberfoyle and eventually follows the around the north side of the local golf course with its magnificent views of Ben Lomond. Throughout this section of the trail you see the evidence of forestry work and the many plantations. The trail climbs gently through the forest before exiting onto the open grazing plains of the Menteith Hills. The Menteith Hills provide a pleasant walk with many views of the surroundings including the Lake of Menteith.

I can recommend a visit to this area. Whilst in the UK I have also taken the chance to stock up on some gear that is not readily available elsewhere thanks Rose and Bob, I look forward to reporting back on my silk body clothing and Pinnacle pack.