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Queen Elizabeth Forest Park
- Whether you want to do a little or do a lot, The Lodge is made for you. Relax and enjoy the spectacular views, stroll to the waterfall, visit the Red Squirrel Hide or swing through the trees with Go Ape – the choice is yours. There's also a cafe with panoramic views, a well-stocked shop full of Scottish goodies, clothing and souvenirs, and all the information you need to explore the Forest Park.
- For more information about Queen Elizabeth Forest Park including parking charges, opening times and other trails please click here (opens in new tab).
- A pleasant stroll through the trees to a dramatic waterfall that appears as if by magic. Plenty of places to sit or play along the way.
- Look out for reflective artworks and feel the breeze beside the tumbling waterfall. Wind back up to The Lodge from here or continue through towering Norway spruce and over an arched wooden bridge to reach the Red Squirrel Hide.
- The Waterfall trail is a loop starting next to the Lodge Visitor Centre.
- The trail is approximately 1.8km.
- The nearest parking to the trail is next to the visitor centre
- The path has a compacted loose chipping surface.
- Some paths may be covered by ice or snow during the winter months.
- There are wooden waymarker posts located along the route.
- The Waterfall Trail is the white strip on the posts.
- There are toilets available outside and in the visitor centre.
- The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre is near Aberfoyle. From Glasgow follow the A81 north to Aberfoyle. From Stirling follow the A84(T), A873 then A81 west to Aberfoyle. From Callander follow the A81 south to Aberfoyle or, for a more scenic route, take the A821 – known as The Duke’s Pass – via The Trossachs. The Lodge is a mile (1.8km) north of Aberfoyle on the A821. The car park is at grid reference NN 520 014. FK8 3SX is the nearest postcode.
- There is not a bus stop within 150 metres of the venue.
- There are regular buses from Stirling (the nearest railway station) to Aberfoyle. You'll find details at Traveline Scotland.
- The nearest Railway Station is Sterling.
Getting Help and Assistance
- There is a member of staff available for help and assistance.
- Staff receive disability awareness/equality training.
- There is not a member of staff trained in British Sign Language.
- Water bowls for assistance dogs are available.
- There are mobility aids available.
- The mobility aids available include wheelchairs and mobility scooter.
- To obtain mobility aids please contact a member of staff.
- Forestry Commission leaflets, maps and publications can be provided in alternative format, for example, in large print or in another language. For more information please contact: The Diversity Team via telephone: 0300 067 5000 or e-mail: email@example.com.
- The venue does have its own parking facilities.
- The car park is located at the front of the visitor centre.
- The car park type is open air/surface.
- The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
- The car park surface is tarmac.
- There is a/are Blue Badge parking bay(s) available.
- The Blue Badge bay(s) is/are clearly marked.
- There is/are 6 designated Blue Badge parking bay(s) within the car park.
- The dimensions of the designated Blue Badge parking bay(s) surveyed are 400cm x 510cm (13ft 1in x 16ft 9in).
- There is not a 120cm hatched zone around the Blue Badge parking bay(s).
- Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do not need to be booked in advance.
- Clearly marked/signposted parent and child parking bays are not available.
- All parking spaces are provided on a first come first served basis.
- There is an additional car park for visitors.
- The standard parking bays are located at a lower level and there is steep slope leading up to the Lodge Visitor Centre.
- There are parking charges for the car park.
- Parking is not free for visitors of the venue.
- Payment signs are provided.
- Payment signs are clearly presented.
- Payment signs are located throughout the car park.
- Payment term signs do make it clear if parking charges apply to Blue Badge holders.
- Parking is free for Blue Badge holders.
- Payment machines are located throughout the car park.
- There is a payment machine at a convenient height for wheelchair users.
- There is a level turning space (minimum 185cm x 210cm) in front of the payment machine(s).
- The route from the car park to the entrance is accessible to a wheelchair user unaided.
- The entrance is clearly visible from the car park.
- The surface on the approach to the entrance is tarmac.
- There is not a road to cross between the car park and the entrance.
- The nearest designated Blue Badge parking bay is approximately 20m (21yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
- There is not a/are not clearly marked drop-off point(s).
Lodge Visitor Centre
Lodge Visitor Centre Park - Waterfall Trail
- The Waterfall trail begins at the Lodge Visitor Centre.
- The path starts to the right of the visitor centre.
- There is a compacted loose chipping path leading from the visitor centre.
- There is a gradual slight slope along this section of the path.
- There is bench seating located along the path at regular intervals.
- The path leads down the side of the hill.
- The path reaches a crossroads with a sculpture of a deer on your right.
- At the sculpture of the dear the trail becomes a loop.
- The path to your left is the more direct access to the waterfall.
- The surface of the path is compacted loose chippings.
- There are slight slopes along the path.
- The path leads to a wooden board trail through the woodland.
- There is a slight slope leading up to the wooden boards.
- The wooden board trail leads to the waterfall.
- There are passing points located along the wooden boards.
- The trail leads to the waterfall, there is seating located around the waterfall area.
- There are hammocks located in the woodland near the waterfall.
- The path carries on past the waterfall.
- There is a footbridge on your left which leads to the Wildlife Hide.
- The path leads back to the deer sculpture.
- After the deer sculpture follow the path back to the Lodge Visitor Centre.
- The Wildlife Hide is located just off the Waterfall Trail.
- There is a footbridge over the river.
- The footbridge is on a slight slope.
- There is clear signage before and after the footbridge to the Wildlife Hide.
- There is a slight slope on the path leading to the Wildlife Hide.
- The access point to the Wildlife Hide is 105cm (3ft 5in).
- There is bench seating within the hide.
- There is a designated space for wheelchair users.
- The height of the viewing window is 100cm (3ft 3in).