Panorama on Lochan Spling hike in Loch Lomond and The Trossachs area in Scotland
Panorama on Lochan Spling hike in Loch Lomond and The Trossachs area in Scotland

Lochan Spling hike

Loch Lomond and The Trossachs
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Lochan Spling hike

Distance: 3.7mi
Elevation: 266ft
Time: 1-2h

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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.

Lochan Spling hike Map

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.

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When to do

Year round

Backcountry Campsites

No

Toilets

Yes, at trailhead

Family friendly

Yes

Route Signage

Good

Crowd Levels

Moderate

Route Type

Lollipop


Lochan Spling
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Route Description for Lochan Spling

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 0.8mi, 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 0.6mi 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.

Comments

Fran Cine 1 year ago

Good for kids. Great for a swim too!

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Nick Jolas 1 year ago

There no other place that feels more Scottish than this hike. It was a good hike with decent views. Guess the odds were in favor of me because the sky was so blue.

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Fred Kingston 1 year ago

Super short and kids-friendly. The trail was very nice and pretty straightforward. There are plenty of interesting things to see along the way.

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Roman Adrimi 1 year ago

Great hike. We didn't sweat that much and we both enjoyed the scenery and the peacefulness of the trail.

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ShirleySyk 1 year ago

A lovely walk, my husband and I enjoyed it

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Julia A. 2 years ago

Pretty trail. The sculptures were interesting!

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Antoni L. 2 years ago

Absolutely beautiful hike. Not very crowded and very peaceful!

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Faiz P. 2 years ago

Effortless but rewarding hike! Enjoyed the tranquility of nature. Great place to reflect.

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Emily Jakub 2 years ago

It's a fun short hike to do, but don't go too early because It’s really foggy in the morning, so you may not get the best view.

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Jordan Burke 2 years ago

We had so much fun during our picnic here. Surprisingly, there were no other people around for a couple of hours. We had the whole place to ourselves.

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