Route closure from 10 May (Aberfoyle to Callander)

Malling Forest bypass

Sadly the serious disease Phytophthora ramorum (which affects 150 plant species including larch trees) has spread to Malling Forest, and a Statutory Health Protection Notice is enforcing essential felling work there, north of Aberfoyle, from 10 May for 4-6 weeks. The only feasible alternative to the Rob Roy Way is to follow Cycle Route 7 from Aberfoyle to Callander, adding up to 6 km to the distance. The shortcut shown above reduces the extra distance to just 2.5 km: follow Cycle Route 7 to the forest road junction at NN 539 037, then make a right-left dogleg to follow the forest road east, then north-east past a small lochan and Culnagreine to rejoin the Way at Invertrossachs (mile 17.4). Please don’t attempt to ignore the closure notices: the disease is an airborne contaminant and your boots or clothes could spread it. The closure is expected to last for 4-6 weeks and we will update you once it is lifted.