Lochan Spling

Difficulty
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Very Easy
Duration
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1.5-2h
Distance
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5.9 km
Elevation
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81 m
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Overall Rating
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9.6
Physical Difficulty
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Easy (Circle)
Suitable for beginners, families, young children, and those looking for a casual adventure.
Technical Difficulty
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Easy (Circle)
Suitable for beginners, families, young children, and those looking for a casual adventure.
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Directions to Trailhead
Panorama on Lochan Spling hike in Loch Lomond and The Trossachs area in Scotland

Lochan Spling is a great Scottish walk for the whole family. Although just a short distance from the busy tourist town of Aberfoyle, you will find yourself in a calm and quiet spot surrounded by spectacular Scottish scenery.

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Route Description

Cross the car park to the east towards a path. Go right on the path, leading down towards the River Forth. At the river turn right and follow the river to a minor road where you will turn left and cross the River Forth on a pretty stone bridge. A short distance further up the road, turn right up along Duchray Road, which will be the third turn off to the right.

Follow this road. Soon the road turns from tarmac to a rougher forest track. Continue ahead.

After 1.3 km, at the junction take the path leading off to the right signposted to `Inversnaid’. At the T-junction at the end of this track, turn left towards the shores of Lochan Spling. As you near the shores of the Lochan, drop down to the left beside a carved wooden bench to view a beautiful metal sculpture of a pike.

When you’re ready to continue, rejoin the main track and continue with Lochan Spling to your left. A little distance further again the track drops down to the shores to see a second sculpture of a dragonfly. The track now veers away from the Lochan to the right before eventually reaching another signposted junction. Turn left here, soon you will spot the third and final sculpture—this one of an osprey—to your right. There are some great views down the valley along this section.

At the next junction turn left, you will see glimpses of Lochan Spling through the trees. After 1.0 km you will rejoin the outward route, retrace your steps to Aberfoyle.

Check out more amazing walks in Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, like the Ben A'an, Ben Venue, Ben Lomond, or Loch Venachar.

Insider Hints

  • This is a great route for little ones on bikes.
  • Remember to look out for the sculptures, go down to the water’s edge for the best views.
  • This makes for a great evening stroll for those staying in Aberfoyle.

Getting There

Follow the A81 to Aberfoyle, then take the A821 to Aberfoyle. Once in Aberfoyle follow signs for the parking at the Scottish Wool Centre in the middle of the town. Parking here is free of charge.

Route Details

  • When to do

    Year round

  • Backcountry Campsites

    No

  • Toilets

    Yes, at trailhead

  • Family friendly

    Yes

  • Route Signage

    Good

  • Crowd Levels

    Moderate

  • Route Type

    Lollipop

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