Cashel Forest hike
The Cashel Forest walk is a short hike with a quick ascent. This route offers some superb views across Loch Lomond. There are several marked route options from the start point, with this option being the middle length.
From Drymen, take the B837 North to Balmaha. The road follows the east shores of Loch Lomond. In under 11.3km you’ll arrive at the Cashel Native Forest car park, it is signposted and on the right. Parking is free of charge.
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Route Description for Cashel Forest
From the Cashel Native Forest car park, there are three way marked route options, all of varying length. The route described here is the middle-distance route, and it is clearly marked by red markers on wooden posts throughout the circuit.
Continue past the far end of the Visitor Centre building, joining the forest track that leads through the iron gate and uphill. The red route follows this track for 1.5km, switch backing uphill. At this point, the markers will direct you off to the right, following a narrower footpath that crosses the hillside.
Shortly, along this section, there is the option to detour off to the right to a grassy knoll that provides exceptional views out over Loch Lomond and its scattered islands. Make sure you return to the main path after enjoying the views, and turn right to continue the circuit.
The path cuts across the hillside for a further 300m before dropping down to the right and beginning the descent.
It initially drops steeply, alongside a dry stonewall, and then it veers right and begins a gentler descent. Continue to follow the red markers. Eventually you’ll emerge at the back of the Visitor Centre. Pass the Visitor Centre with the buildings to your left to return to the car park.
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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