Loch Drunkie

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This majestic walk takes you through a mature pine forest to the shores of Loch Venachar. Enjoy the winding path close to the edge of the loch and round to the boathouse, then a gently rising forest road which takes you out into open country. A journey along an ancient forest road takes you down to Loch Drunkie, where you can have your lunch and admire the view. You will then cross the dam and rejoin the forest road along Loch Drunkie, admiring the forest art as you retrace your steps to the car park.

Scotland - Central Scotland - Stirling - Queen Elizabeth Forest Park

Features

Great Views, Lake/Loch, Mountains, Wildlife, Woodland
16/04/2017 - Colin Armstrong

I've done this walk a number of times. To clarify the parking - turn off the A821 at the sign for the Brig O Turk tearooms. There are parking spaces opposite the Community Hall. If these are full, turn right just past the Hall to find a small car park.I used to park in the Byre Inn car park (as suggested below) but the publican asked me to move my car.We decided to eat elsewhere. The section at point 15 can be very muddy.

07/06/2014 - Colin Young

I did this walk on27/5/14- very enjoyable indeed! Some comments below: Not knowing the area well I couldn't readily find the Brig o' Turk car park, I suggest the comment on the more convenient Byre Inn car park is moved to the 'access info' section. At waymark 11 you don't turn left till after crossing a burn- the track immediately after the green barn just goes to the lochan. At waymark 14 I went totally the wrong way for a considerable distance! You need to walk round the trees in the picture for about 8/10 metres then turn left to head NW on the muddy trail There is no clear trail from the turning circle at the end of the forestry track to the muddy path - where you can turn either way!. There is sadly much rubbish round the picnic table at waymark 16! It's well worth adding the Pine Ridge Viewpoint trail at waymark 27 - great view! Ignore the track going sharp right after waymark 29. The track from about 29 to 31 is eroded and stony so watch your footing!

21/09/2013 - Donald Stuart MacDonald

For anyone intending to try this walk without the benefit of pictures I would warn them that there are quite a number of forest trails which aren't relevant to the walk, and that sometimes it's a fine margin between what are Y and what are T junctions. In other words, I would recommend using the guide with pictures as they will prove extremely useful.

21/02/2013 - Brian Charlton

We did this lovely walk on 21/02/2013 and found a great little circular extension to the walk of about 1.5 km (1 ml) leading to a high viewpoint with a terrific vista overlooking Loch Drunkie. Just past the toilets at point 27 there is an information board showing this circular "blue" walk. At the junction at point 27 walk straight across and slightly left where you will find the entrance to this track. It is named "The Pine Ridge View Point Walk" and has marker posts with Blue rings. Follow the track up a steep hill to the viewpoint with fantastic views of the loch, then continue on the track until you come down to the loch edge, turn left on the lochside track and walk back to point 27.

10/05/2012 - Celia Sweeney

I went on this walk yesterday 9/05/12. This was the first time I've used one of your walk details and I'd just like to say how pleased I was at the clarity and ease when following directions. I'll definitely use them again.

15/01/2012 - Donald Dunlop

Fantastic walk. Many trees fallen due to high winds. Worth the hurdling.

18/09/2011 - Fiona Dick

Waypoint 19: the section between here and waypoint 20 is no longer particularly muddy (nothing like waypoint 15, for instance!) Waypoint 23: the red and green marker is after you turn left, so it might be as well to say so Waypoint 30: junction is more of a Y than a T and you have to turn right downhill. These are just small suggested improvements to the description of a fantastic walk.

20/02/2010 - Martin Hancock

Absolutely fantastic walk.