Queen Elizabeth Forest Park
QEFP, created in honour of the Queen’s Coronation in 1953, is a beautiful area of forests, lochs and hills. We must have done most of the walks in it at least once, because it’s so accessible from Glasgow. Today saw a break in the torrential rain we’ve had recently, so it was a good opportunity to get out there again. Aberfoyle was full of tour buses and, given that it’s also the first weekend of the Scottish school holidays, we decided to give the visitor centre at the David Marshall Lodge a miss and walk from the Braeval car park instead. This is just half a mile the other side of the Rob Roy roundabout from Aberfoyle and was a good choice – we barely saw another soul. We did Lime Craig, a circular walk waymarked with red posts – you need to know this before you get there because, unfortunately, the information board has disappeared. It’s about 3.5 miles, so not too taxing – and, although the skies looked ominous at times, we always managed to keep ahead of the rain!