In the south-west of Killin, this easy circuit takes you through a planted forest and native woodland, with the possibility to link to other routes exploring Glen Ogle or Loch Breaclaich.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
Head southwest along Main Street, cross over the Dochart Bridge and continue along the main road as if leaving Killin. Before you reach the War Memorial, turn left onto a gravel path that passes in front of two bungalows (follow the National Route 7 cycle path signs).
(D/A) Go through the inset gate and turn right onto the old railway line. Follow this broad track until you reach a “cross road” of tracks.
(1) Turn left up a moderate slope and continue along National Route 7 until the next junction where Route 7 heads right and up to Glen Ogle.
(2) Bear left here and continue on a loop back to Killin. From this point onwards, there is a steady but gentle rise to the next junction.
(3) At this junction, go straight (the left fork leads on to Loch Breaclaich). The circuit is completed with a moderate descent, returning to the old railway line and the inset gate.(D/A)
D/A : mi 0 - alt. mi 0 - Inset gate
1 : mi 0.22 - alt. mi 0.22 - Start of the moderate slope
2 : mi 0.27 - alt. mi 0.27 - Path split
3 : mi 1.24 - alt. mi 1.24 - Junction
D/A : mi 4.03 - alt. mi 4.03 - Inset gate
Forest path network. Well-compacted path with some loose material.
Walkers should wear walking boots and suitable clothing and follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code : www.outdooraccess-scotland.com
By car : From Glasgow, there are two routes to get to Killin. Follow the A82 north for 56 miles, by way of Loch Lomond, to Crianlarich, then switch to the A85 in the direction of Killin. However, a slightly shorter (and equally scenic) way is by following the M80 out of Glasgow and switching to the A84 at Stirling, then following signs for Callander and eventually Killin.
From Edinburgh, take the M9 route to Stirling and switch there to the A84, then following signs for Callander and eventually Killin.
By public transport : There are more national bus services within the region in summer than in winter. Summer services run from the beginning of the 4th week of May to the end of the 1st week of October. Summer services passing through Killin include Citylink 913 from Edinburgh to Fort William, Citylink 973 from Dundee to Oban and Citylink 978 from Edinburgh to Oban. There is also a local bus service, Kingshouse Travel C60, running from Callander to Killin. For more details, visit the Traveline Scotland website.
By bike : The National Cycle Network Route 7 (NCN 7) runs through the heart of the National Park, and takes in classic Trossachs scenery en route. This route passes right through Killin.
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Acharn Forest is on the south-west side of Killin. Most of the forest is a mixed conifer plantation with pockets of broad-leaved woodland and open moorland. The route is based on National Cycle Route 7 and various forest tracks. There are many possibilities for linking this path with other informal routes in the area to extend the walk over to Glen Ogle, 8 miles, or to Loch Breaclaich, 9 miles.
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