Scottish Snapshots: Lime Craig Trail

Scottish Snapshots is a series of short posts about places I visited in 2013 but didn’t write about at the time

Lime Craig Trail is in Queen Elizabeth Forest Park. Start or finish with lunch in the recently refurbished Visitor centre above Aberfoyle and have a great walk. It was eerily misty on the November day we went, but we’ve also been to Lime Craig by a different route in summer weather – brighter pictures here.

Queen Elizabeth Forest Park

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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!

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