Cashel Forest Walk
The Cashel Forest walk is a scenic undulating route consisting of several pleasant flat sections, well-balanced with a steep climb. This route offers some superb views across Loch Lomond and is a brilliant way to appreciate the beauty of the Loch from above. There are several marked route options from the start point, with this option being the middle length.
To get to the Cashel Forest Trailhead from Drymen, take the B837 North to Balmaha. The road follows the east shores of Loch Lomond. In under 7.0mi you’ll arrive at the Cashel Native Forest car park, it is signposted and on the right. Parking is £3.00.
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Cashel Forest Walk
Cashel Forest Trail Description
The Cashel Forest route described here is the middle-distance route, and it is clearly marked by red markers on wooden posts throughout the circuit.
To begin the walk from the Visitor Centre car park, head to the right of the buildings to join the red waymarked trail at the back of the buildings. Proceed with a swift descent alongside a dry stonewall leading you up the sweeping hillside alongside a steadfast drystone wall.
Along the next section, there is an optional detour off to the right to reach a grassy knoll that opens to exceptional views out over Loch Lomond and its scattered islands. We highly recommend this! After returning to the main path, it soon makes way for a narrower footpath which you’ll follow across the gorgeous hillside. The red route continues 0.9mi and soon leads to an iron gate, which you’ll pass through and continue on a downhill stretch that is bound to bring a little heat.
Finally, you’ll turn west to make your way down the wide forestry path, enjoying further inspirational views of Loch Lomond and the surrounding, rolling hills. To complete the red route, continue to the Cashel Native Forest car park where the walk concludes.
Check out more amazing walks in Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, like the Ben A’an, Ben Venue, Ben Lomond, or Loch Venachar.
This is a good route with the kids. There are lots of areas to explore.
Head to Balmaha for refreshments. There’s a pub, café and shop!
You can easily drop down to the shores of Loch Lomond at Cashel Camping & Forest Park, which is opposite the Visitor Centre (a right and then your first left).
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