20 May 2022.

Aberfoyle, Scotland

Aberfoyle, dubbed the “Gateway to the Trossachs” sits on the boundary between the Highlands and Central Lowlands of Scotland. Surrounded by attractive countryside and in relatively close proximity to Glasgow, Edinburgh and Stirling, Aberfoyle proves to be a popular spot with outdoor enthusiasts and day trippers throughout the year. The Stirlingshire village offers a great deal in the way of outdoor pursuits and is a port on the famous long distance walking route, the Rob Roy Way; a 148 kilometre trail that begins in Drymen and ends in Pitlochry. It is also a node on the National Cycle Network and offers access to numerous mountain bike trails throughout the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park.

Aberfoyle is well geared up for tourists and provides a good choice of accommodation, mostly in the form of bed and breakfast. However, there are a few hotels and other villages close by: namely Kinlochard, Gartmore and Port of Menteith offer alternatives. Celebrity chef Nick Nairn is based just down the road in Port of Menteith where his family owns the local hotel and he runs cookery courses from his home.

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Between Aberfoyle and neighbouring villages there is a reasonable selection of b&b's, guesthouses and hotels. There are also a few campsites on the village outskirts nestling amongst the trees.


Aberfoyle is within 30 minutes drive of Stirling, 45 minutes drive of Glasgow and 90 minutes drive of Edinburgh. It can also be reached by bus from Stirling or Glasgow.

Night Life

Night life in Aberfoyle is limited to a couple of local pubs so wild dancing into the wee hours is, apart from when the occasional local function is running, non existent.

Outdoor Activities

Aberfoyle is hard to beat when it comes to outdoor activities as it has some great hill walking, loads of trails for mountain biking, a river for canoeing and several lochs for kayaking, sailing and windsurfing. There’s even a Go Ape here.