Beautiful Walk near Aberfoyle
A lovely day here at Appletree Cottage and we've heard that a walk up the forestry paths to the Craig of Monievreckie is a good walk so we jump in the car with our clumpity boots on.and drive up the A81 towards Aberfoyle.
At a roundabout just before Aberfoyle, at a hamlet called Braeval, we took the second exit (signposted Port of Menteith, still the A81). Just past Aberfoyle Golf Course on the left there is a turning into the car parking (free). We took the footpath going straight up the hill
The ascent is reasonably steep. Tall pine trees tower majestically towards the sky either side of the path. Although in the wood we are blessed with many sunny patches. It is a beautiful day and the occasional shade is appreciated.
Here and there small burns (streams) cross under the path which is generally well maintained. Apart from the running water and a soft breeze in the trees the only other sound in the forest is birdsong.
As we climbed the views were terrific. At the occasional fire break in the forest, we could see right across to the Campsie Hills in the south. What a fantastic day!
Not long after we had vistas across the Lake of Menteith with its ruined Abbey on Inchmahome island - well worth a visit. It can be accessed by a ferry from Port of Menteith and is a great place to take a picnic and explore.
At the end of the road, we were still below the summit of Craig of Monievreckie. It looked very steep - probably best ascended from the north looking at the map. So we found a nice log and sat down to have sandwiches which we'd bought in Aberfoyle. From our position we could see the Wallace Monument, Stirling Castle and even the high girders of the bridges over the Forth at South Queensferry. A perfect day for such a view.
After lunch it was just a case of following the forestry road back down the hill to the car and Appletree Cottage. An excellent fairly easy walk with fantastic views which we will surely do again.