Aberfoyle and Local Accommodation, Hotels, Cottages to let, B&B, Restaurants and Eateries

About Aberfoyle, Scotland. Holiday Information Restaurants and Accommodation

Aberfoyle Hotels and other Accommodation in Aberfoyle and nearby.

Visit Aberfoyle in the heart of The Trosssachs and find a little bit of heaven where you can relax in beautiful surroundings in one of the more picturesque villages of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. Near the source of the river Forth, Aberfoyle is one of the natural gateways to the national park with
easy access to Loch Lomond, the Trossachs and to the lochs and mountains.


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Aberfoyle...situated at the Gateway to The Trossachs and Loch Lomond National Park. The UK grid ref is NN 519 011. Loch Lomond is 15 miles by road, Glasgow about 25 miles and Edinburgh 50 miles. Callander, with its shops, restaurants and accommodation is 10 miles via Port of Menteith or 12 miles via the splendid Duke's Pass road over the hill.

This is is an attractive village beautifully situated at the southern end of the Duke's Pass which leads over the 12 scenic  miles to Callander. Access from Stirling direction is easiest via the A84 (Crianlarich) road then after Doune watch for 'Port of Menteith / Aberfoyle' sign on the left. From Glasgow direction head north on A81 for Milngavie then Aberfoyle. The Main Street offers many facilities such as Pubs, Restaurants, a Bank, a Co-operative store and a Garden Centre.

Holiday accommodation in Aberfoyle can provide a good base for a holiday in The Trossachs. The Forestry Commission have a campsite at Cobleland to the south of Aberfoyle - this may be accessed on foot via the footpath on an old railway trackbed. A few miles further there is another campsite at Trossachs Holiday Park which caters for tourers and which also has holiday caravans for hire. Two further campsites can be found at the east end of Callander just 10 miles to the east. There are some good bed and breakfast places in Aberfoyle, some hotels nearby and a selection of self catering holiday cottages in the vicinity. 

Other Accommodation is listed lower in this page

The village of Aberfoyle lies among some magnificent highland scenery and is convenient for access to some of the more remote beauty spots between Aberfoyle and Inversnaid / Stronachlachar. It was once near the heart of the slate quarrying industry, was the 3rd most important slate quarry in Scotland and had its own railway branch line - now long closed. Near an old limestone quarry in the Queen Elizabeth Forest park centre is the interesting remains of the 'Incline' which was a form of light railway employing gravity to take the slate down to the road.

History in Aberfoyle

Aberfoyle is associated with many famous historic characters such as Rob Roy, the Rev Robert Kirk and Mary, Queen of Scots. Robert Roy MacGregor was born at the head of nearby Loch Katrine at Glengyle House, and his well known cattle stealing exploits took him all around the area surrounding Aberfoyle and to Balquhidder Glen and Glendochart. There currently stands a tree in the village that MacGregor reputedly climbed to escape the clutches of the law. Mary, Queen of Scots, was kept at Inchmahome Priory as a child in order to avoid the politacal turmoil which was rife in the 16th century. She also used the priory during her short reign, particularly in 1547, where she felt safe from the clutches of her cousin Elizabeth.

The most famous local figure is the Reverend Robert Kirk , born in 1644. It was he who provided the first Gaelic translation of the Book of Psalms. Robert Kirk is better remembered for the publication of his book "The Secret Commonwealth of Elves, Fauns, and Fairies" in 1691. Kirk had long been researching fairies, and the book relates stories of folk who claimed to have encountered them. It was after this, while Kirk was minister of Aberfoyle parish that he was found dead on Doon Hill near the old parish church where a tombstone bears his name - although some say it does not mark his true resting place as his soul is reputed to be imprisoned by the faeries in an ancient tree on Doon Hill as punishment for revealing their secrets!

The Trossachs Discovery Centre which also provides tourist information is just off the Main Street and stocks maps and publications to help you make the most of a visit to Aberfoyle and its surroundings. The visitor centre is open all year.

Shopping in Aberfoyle

There are a number of shops and cafes in the town which will provide the essentials for holidaymaker. The inevitable 'woollen mill' is also to be found in the main shopping street along with a variety of souvenir & craft shops. Don't miss The Old Curiosity Shop, Main Street, Aberfoyle. Tel: 01786 822247 and the Scottish Woollens Centre in Aberfoyle. Shops and services in and around Aberfoyle can be found HERE

Things to see and do in Aberfoyle

Aberfoyle Scottish Wool Centre

Of interest to both adults and children is the 'Scottish Wool Centre' with its exhibition of the history of the Scottish wool industry. Children will be fascinated by the friendly farm animals and playground outside the centre.
During the summer months there are occasional demonstrations of the skill of the shepherd with his sheepdogs - sometimes herding geese instead of the more usual sheep. On occasion you will find a collection of exotic owls on display with an opportunity for photographs.

Aberfoyle old parish church

Scotland, Aberfoyle old church and mortsafesA little way from Aberfoyle village centre is the old parish church, now roofless but well maintained. The churchyard contains two 'Morte Gardes', a relic from the days when even the dead could not rely on peace due to the activities of the 'resurrectionists', or body snatchers. At the north-east corner of the churchyard is the grave of the Rev. Robert Kirk who was supposedly spirited away whilst walking on Doon hill by the village. A few hundred yards beyond the old church you can find access to the walk to Doon hill where you can see the old pine tree where the Rev Kirk was supposedly imprisoned by the 'Faeries'. This walk is pleasant and not very energetic.

Forest Drives

Many of the forest tracks near loch Loch Achray are opened to motor cars during the visitor season - for a small charge!

Queen Elizabeth Forest Park Visitor Centre, Aberfoyle, ScotlandWalks, cycling and fishing

Just a couple of miles west of Aberfoyle on the road to Stronachlacher is little Loch Ard which offers spectacular views to Ben Lomond. Further up the road is the watersports centre where one can try a wide variety of watersports including canoeing and fishing. Car Parks at Milton provide access to a variety of walks and woodland cycletracks on the west side of Loch Ard.
Cycle Routes: The Loch Ard forest between Aberfoyle and Kinlochard provides a multitude of Trossachs cycle routes for all abilities.

The Queen Elizabeth Forest Park visitor centre (The David Marshall Centre) 

This is about a mile up the Callander road. It lies near the Highland boundary fault and a pleasant walk follows the line of the fault where interesting rock formations are evident. A booklet available from the Forest Park Centre make the walk more interesting.

Queen Elizabeth Forest Park

The Queen Elizabeth Forest Park is a wonderland of woods and forests with a network of forest tracks and roads providing access to lots of idyllic lochs and shady glades.
Many more 'waymarked' woodland walks commence at the centre where a 'walks guide' booklet is available

Go-Ape Experience

Try the 'Go-Ape' experience' - adventure high in the trees in fantastic scenic surroundings. Zip Wire Heaven. Stunning scenery of the surrounding Queen Elizabeth Forest Park gives the course a jaw-dropping backdrop and makes for a great day out. The course's main attraction is two of Britain's longest zip wires, each stretching over 400m, flying customers 150 feet above the ground and over a 90 foot waterfall. A mecca for Go Ape pilgrims, thrill seekers, adventure lovers & those that just want to get out and have some fun.


Other useful information about Aberfoyle

  • Toilets available at the car park
  • Bus and coach - from the car park to Stirling and Glasgow.
  • Visit www.stirling.co.uk/localservices/busstation.htm for Trossachs travel information about this service.
  • Caravan and Camping
    • Forest enterprise - Cobleland
    • Trossachs Holiday Park - about 3 miles south on A81
  • Tourist information - off Main Street near the Scottish Woollens Centre


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The famous jetty at Loch Ard








Aberfoyle Accommodation - Places to stay (in and near Aberfoyle) . . Go to 'Eating out'

Bed and Breakfast in Aberfoyle

Glendaruel B&B Aberfoyle,Trossachs.
2 Double Ensuite Rooms. Ample Parking.  (awaiting stars)
Situated in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park and in the popular village of Aberfoyle amidst breath taking views. Hosts Christine and Jimmy offer a warm welcome and quality accommodation to guests.  Glendaruel B&B is adjacent to Acorn Cottage self catering holiday accommodation
Contact  email Christine@acorn-cottage.co.uk .   
Tel 01877 382266   Mob 0776 234 0492

Gartmore House, Gartmore, Near Aberfoyle.
Gartmore House is an 18 th century country mansion offering Bed and Breakfast accommodation. Gartmore House is located just outside Aberfolye in The Trossachs and is set in a 75 acre estate within Scotlands first national park. Centrally located Gartmore is only an hours drive for Edinburgh and Glasgow and makes a great base for exploring The Trossachs.
Contact: Email mail@gartmorehouse.com
Tel: 01877 382991

Self-catering accommodation in Aberfoyle and close to Aberfoyle. Cottages, Chalets and Caravans!

The Trossachs Holiday Park ...Tourers, Statics, Self-catering Lodges and Camping near Aberfoyle.star5.gif (1031 bytes)
The Trossachs Holiday Park is the perfect location to enjoy the "great outdoors". Explore Scotland's first National Park, Loch Lomond & the Trossachs - an area of outstanding beauty and a haven for wildlife - perfect for cycling, walking, photography, fishing and golf or simply just relax and enjoy the experience - look no further for your dream holiday.
Email: info@trossachsholidays.co.uk  
or freephone 0800 197 1192

Ballat Smithy Cottage: near Drymen & Loch Lomond’ star4.gif (1062 bytes)
Best of both worlds! .............
full details
This charming self catering cottage enjoys lovely views and is situated, midway between the ‘Bonnie Banks’ of Loch Lomond and the grandeur of the Trossachs. The cottage sleeps 4 and is surrounded by some of Scotland’s most beautiful countryside.

Email: a.h.currie@btopenworld.com
Tel: 01360 440 269 

Benview Holiday Lodges, Gartmore..........Full details 
South of Aberfoyle
. Benview Holiday Lodges are located in an area of outstanding natural beauty, overlooking the Ben Ledi hills. We are ideally situated for exploring the Trossachs and Loch Lomond whilst still conveniently situated for shops and amenities.
Tel: 01360 850 002 or 001
E-mail : theresa@benviewlodges.com

Lochend Chalets, Lake of Menteith, Aberfoyle .......full details
Our award winning, self-catering chalets and cabins, which offer a high standard of accommodation, are located in the heart of Scotland, on the southern shores of the beautiful Lake of Menteith, which is part of "Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park". From your window you look across to the Menteith hills and Ben Lomond beyond. star5.gif (1031 bytes)

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The Trossachs Holiday Park is spectacularly located in the heart of the Trossachs, offering quality self-catering Holiday Lodges and Static Caravans. An ideal base from which to explore this glorious part of Scotland, with many activities on our doorstep and within easy reach of both Stirling and Glasgow. Edinburgh is less than 2 hours away!
Email: info@trossachsholidays.co.uk
Freephone: 0800 1971192

Nether Glenny Cottages near Aberfoyle, Callander and Lake of Menteith.
There are 2 beautiful holiday cottages as well as the main Nether Glenny house on the estate. The cottages, Kestrel and Buzzard offer spectacular views out across the Lake of Menteith and the surrounding Stirlingshire countryside. Nether Glenny is located within the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park.
email: netherglennycottages@gmail.com
Home Tel. 01877385604 . Mobile Tel. 07548677540

Acorn Cottage. Aberfoyle.,Trossachs Self Catering Accommodation Sleeps 4 , Ample parking.
A beautiful well appointed detached cottage. Set in the heart of The Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park and in the scenic village of Aberfoyle. An idyllic base for indulging in outdoor  activities, touring or relaxing. Adjacent to Glendaruel B&B.
email Christine@acorn-cottage.co.uk   
Tel 01877 382266   Mob  0776 234 0492


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Other Self catering establishments in the Aberfoyle Area
  • Braeval Holiday Farmhouse Self Catering - 01877 382338 STB 4 star rating - Luxurious, spacious, charming & cosy
  • The Hayloft At Forth House - 01877 382696 - A conversion of a Victorian hay loft. Cyclists Welcome.
  • Woodlinn - 01877 382129 - All Year. Cyclists & Walkers ok. Part of a villa. Sleeps 4. 1 double bedroom. 1 bed settee. 1 mile from Aberfoyle.
  • Dukes Cottage - 07739 011565 - This is a tastefully restored cottage in Aberfoyle. Sleeps 4.
  • Menteith Cottage - 01877 382211 – A 2 bedroomed cottage with garden - 2 bedrooms. 2 minute from Aberfoyle
  • Aberfoyle Cottage - 07940 800071 STB 3star. 2 bedroomed mid terraced historic cottage. For 2 or 4 persons.
  • Lochard Cottages - 01877 387760 - All Year. Cyclists and Walkers Welcome. 5 mins Kinlochard.
  • Stoneypark Self Catering Cottage - 01877 382208 - All Year No Pets. Only 1 bedroom but can sleep 4 persons by using a bed settee
  • Creag Darach - 01877 382476. - Close to Loch Ard. 6 persons

Hotels in Aberfoyle and nearby

Lake Of Menteith Hotel - A hotel on the lakeside - Open All Year - 01877385258
The Black Bull Hotel, Gartmore,- A Historic Village Hotel - 01877382225
The Forth Inn, Aberfoyle - With 6 en-suite bedrooms 01877382372
Rob Roy Hotel, Aberfoyle - around 100 ensuite rooms, Tel: 01877382245
The Coach House, Main St, Aberfoyle, Tel: 01877382822

Bed and Breakfasts in and near Aberfoyle B&B and other serviced accommodation

  • Stoneypark Bed And Breakfast -Tel: 01877 382208 STB 3 star rating - Open all year
  • Craigmore Guest House - Tel: 01877 382536 STB 3 star rating- All year
  • Braeval Old Mill B&B - Tel: 01877 382400 - Open all year
  • Creag-ard House -Tel: 01877 382297 - Open all year
  • Inverard Lodge - Tel: 01877 389113 - Open all year
  • The Bield Guest House - Tel: 01877 382351 STB 4 star rating - March to October
  • Mayfield Guest House - Tel: 01877 382962 - Open all year
  • Barns Of Shannochill - Tel: 01877 382878 - Open all year
  • Corrie Glen Manse Road, Aberfoyle, Tel: Tel: 01877 382427.
  • Malling West Port of Menteith, near Aberfoyle, Tel: 01877 382565.

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Places to eat - Pubs, Restaurants and Cafes in Aberfoyle (See also eating in Callander )

  • Braeval Restaurant, Braeval, near Aberfoyle, Trossachs. Tel : 01877 382711 
    A tea shop located within a converted water mill. Fresh cakes, scones, breads and sweets, light meals, soups and side dishes. Salads and sandwiches, traditional and clotted cream teas, and a children's menu.
  • The Black Bull Pub and Restaurant, Main Street, Gartmore. Tel: 01877 382225
    The Black Bull offers breakfasts. morning coffees, lunches, afternoon teas, bar meals and a la carte menu in the evening.
  • The Covenanters Inn ( A Restaurant in Aberfoyle) Tel : 01877 382347 
    An historic Scottish Manor, located within private gardens on the outskirts of Aberfoyle.
  • The Forth Inn Main Street, Aberfoyle, Trossachs. Tel : 01877 382372
    The Forth Inn serves traditional Scottish fare, including the ever popular Venison, Lamb and Salmon dishes.
  • The Lake of Menteith Hotel, Port of Menteith, Trossachs Tel : 01877 385258
    Waterfront dining at  including afternoon teas, light lunches, pub suppers and relaxing evening meals.
  • Cafe@the Lodge +44 (0)7879335731 MUDDY BOOTS VERY WELCOME
    The Cafe@The Lodge at the David Marshall Lodge is at the Gateway to the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park in The Trossachs.
  • Lake Of Menteith Hotel +44 (0)1877 385258 Open All Year Round
  • Liz Macgregors Licensed Restaurant & Coffee Shop +44(0) 1877 389376 open all year
    Liz MacGregors coffee shop & licenced restaurant is perfectly located on Aberfoyle's Main Stree
  • The Byre Inn, Brig O Turk +44 (0)1877 376292 Open All Year Round
  • The Pavilion Coffee Shop Main Street, Between Guyana & Forth Inn, Aberfoyle +44 (0)1877 382372
  • Coach House Inn Main Street, Aberfoyle + 44 (0)1877 382208
  • Scottish Wool Centre off Main Street, Aberfoyle +44 (0)1877 382850
  • The Rob Roy Hotel Aberfoyle, Stirlingshire +44 (0)1877 382245

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Brenachoile Restaurant By Loch Katrine

+44 (0)1877 376799

  • Quality Scottish cuisine at its best
Few restaurants can boast the views & location of The Brenachoile Restaurant at Loch Katrine.
  • Cafe@the Lodge
  • +44 (0)7879335731
The Cafe@The Lodge at the David Marshall Lodge is located at the Gateway to the Queen Elizabeth Park in The Trossachs.
  • Lake Of Menteith Hotel
  • +44 (0)1877 385258
  • Open All Year Round
  • Liz Macgregors Licensed Restaurant & Coffee Shop
  • +44(0) 1877 389376
  • open all year
Liz MacGregors coffee shop & licenced restaurant is perfectly located on Aberfoyle's Main Stree
  • The Byre Inn, Brig O Turk
  • +44 (0)1877 376292
  • Open All Year Round
  • The Forth Inn
  • +44 (0)1877 382372
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The Forth Inn has built a reputation for quality food.
  • The Black Bull
  • Main St, Gartmore, by Aberfoyle
  • +44(0) 1877 382225
  • The Pavilion Coffee Shop
  • Main Street, Between Guyana & Forth Inn, Aberfoyle
  • +44 (0)1877 382372
  • Coach House Inn
  • Main Street, Aberfoyle
  • + 44 (0)1877 382208
  • Scottish Wool Centre
  • off Main Street, Aberfoyle
  • +44 (0)1877 382850
  • The Rob Roy Hotel
  • Aberfoyle, Stirlingshire
  • +44 (0)1877 382245



Visit Aberfoyle motif

Doon Hill at Aberfoyle Doon Hill at Aberfoyle
Aberfoyle old parish church
The old parish church of Aberfoyle
David Marshall Centre above Aberfoyle
Lochan at DM Lodge
The David Marshall Lodge above the village
David Marshall Lodge
Loch Drunkie near the Duke's Pass
Loch Drunkie
Loch Ard north of Aberfoyle
Loch Ard north of Aberfoyle
Aberfoyle village centre
Aberfoyle Village Centre

Visit Callander and The Trossachs
Climb Ben Ledi, Ben A'an and Callander Crags
then walk to Bracklinn Falls and the New Bridge