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Queen Elizabeth Forest Park covers 50,000 acres of woodlands, rivers, lochs, moorland and mountains, and boasts some of the finest scenery in Scotland.

There are great panoramic views around Aberfoyle from where visitors can see 15 or 16 miles of continuous woodland.

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Ancient woodlands are great places to watch wildlife especially birds and mammals such as deer and wild boar.

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Ancient wood activities

  • Get out and about in spring woodlands for birds of prey, badger watching and wild walks.

Queen Elizabeth Forest - Visitor Guide

Address:Queen Elizabeth Forest, Stirling, Scotland.
Postcode FK8
Telephone:01877 382383
Location map: Multi map of Queen Elizabeth Forest
Ordnance Survey:OS grid reference: NS477993
Key attractions:

Bird of prey trail - pick up a leaflet at the David Marshall Lodge information centre.


Buzzards - members of the public can watch the birds being ringed.

Osprey watching - the centre has cameras beaming up to date pictures from nests of many birds of prey in the forest including Osprey.

Essential kit:Water-proof footwear, binoculars. Bird of prey trail guide.
Nature watching:

This is a vast area - allow quite a bit of time to see everything.


Activities - bird of prey trail. Nature watching. Osprey watching. Walking, cycling and horse riding.

Access:Much of the forest is not on wheelchair accessible land especially the most remote and hilly areas. However, there are some wheelchair friendly pathways - check website for full details.
Getting there:

The forest forms part of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park.

The nearest towns and villages are Aberfoyle, Callander and Strathyre. From Glasgow follow the signs on the M8 to Aberfoyle. Alternatively follow the A81 to Aberfoyle from Stirling.


Perched above Aberfoyle, the David Marshall Lodge Visitor Centre is a great place to start your visit.


The Achray Forest Drive offers excellent views across the forest towards the Trossachs.

Opening times:All year round.
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