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The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre

Aberfoyle, Stirling and Falkirk, Scotland

  • Highland cows at The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre in Aberfoyle
  • Walking path at The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre in Aberfoyle

Attraction Information

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Suitable for ages: Babies and Toddlers (0-3), Young Children (4-8) and Older Children (9-12)

Venue type: Indoor, Outdoor

The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre at Aberfoyle previously known as David Marshall Lodge, offers ranger led events, which occur throughout the year. These include guided walks and talks and seasonal activities for families and visitors.

Way-marked paths start from the visitor centre and range from a gentle half mile wander to a 4 mile trek. The Lodge links to the National Cycle Network route 7 and there is a popular outdoor children's play area. The wildlife viewing room offers the opportunity to see Ospreys setting up their nest and rearing their young.

There is information, exhibits and an expert on hand to answer questions. Live footage of woodland birds feeding is also available. The new Red Squirrel hide offers an exciting chance to view these rare creatures in their natural habitat.


  • Onsite Shop Onsite Shop
  • Snacks Available Snacks Available
  • Wheelchair Friendly Wheelchair Friendly
  • Toilets Available Toilets Available
  • Disabled Toilets Available Disabled Toilets Available
  • Parking Available On-site Parking Available On-site

Getting There and Contact Information


Trossachs Road, Stirling, Aberfoyle, Stirling and Falkirk, FK8 3UX, Scotland


Click here to visit The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre's website
01877 382258

Standard Opening Times and Pricing

Opening hours

January to February

10:00 - 15:00

March to April

10:00 - 16:00

Easter holiday weekends

10:00 - 17:00

May to June

10:00 - 17:00

July to August

10:00 - 18:00


10:00 - 17:00


10:00 - 16:00

November and December

10:00 - 16:00

Closed 24th December.


Parking charges only £1 for up to 1 hour £3 for all day.

£12 for minibus and coach all day.

More Information

Eating information

Liz MacGregors Coffee Shop provides lunches, snacks and homebaking. Picnic tables available.


Disabled toilets. Baby changing facilities.

Gift shop

The Forest Shop sells locally produced crafts as well as quality souvenirs and gifts.

Baby food facilities

Coffee shop can provide milk warming.


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