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North from Old Drymen Road

To reach the start of the route in Drymen, from Glasgow take a train to Balloch from Queen Street. For the 8 miles to Drymen, either take a taxi or the 309 bus (almost hourly on weekdays).

The Way heads north out of Drymen's Square past the Clachan and follows the undulating minor road for nearly 4 miles (Old Drymen Road, pictured above). Opposite the car park, turn left into Loch Ard forest on tracks, passing the Corrie Aqueduct and many domed shafts from the Loch Katrine water scheme.

After some twists and turns, the Way descends gently beside the Bofrishlie Burn for a couple of miles. Emerge from the forest on Manse Road, passing the roofless Kirkton Church with its mort-safes, to reach the crossroads in Aberfoyle.

Cyclists with suitable tyres and gears can follow the main Way; for a flatter, smoother ride they may prefer Cycle Route 7 which uses a minor road via Gartmore all the way to Aberfeldy.

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Official guidebook published by Rucksack Readers

The 2022 guidebook

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10.8 miles (17.4 km)

Terrain and grade

Mainly easy going on minor road and tracks through Loch Ard forest; gradients mostly gentle

Maximum altitude: 210 m/690 ft

Food & drink

None between Drymen and Aberfoyle

Points of interest

Corrie Aqueduct and the Victorian water scheme; Kirkton Church with mort-safes

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