Walk: Lime Craig & bushy tails

[Autumn afternoon sunlight on the ascent to Lime Craig]

Views to both sides of the Highland Boundary Fault are the reward for the ascent to the summit of this great Forestry Commission trail towards the Aberfoyle side of Duke's Pass. You'll probably have seen a red squirrel or two in the trees on the way up, or from the dedicated wildlife hide near the majestic Little Fawn Waterfall lower down: the hide appeared on BBC's The One Show in summer 2015 in a feature about the species thriving. A Go Ape ropes course threads through the trees nearby, so don't be alarmed if you spot people flying through the air above. Like most of the Trossachs, this walk shows its best colours in autumn, but there's plenty to see at any time of year.

[Little Fawn Waterfall, best seen after rain]

Name: Walk: Lime Craig & bushy tails ★★☆
Length: 6 km / 4 miles
Ascent: 310 metres
Main summits: Lime Craig (305 metres)
Points of interest: David Marshall Lodge visitor centre; Little Fawn Waterfall; red squirrel hide
Start / finish: Car park (with charge) at David Marshall Lodge, on the A821 just north of Aberfoyle, G.R.: NN 520014 / logged other group

Route: Car park & visitor centre - Little Fawn Waterfall - red squirrel hide via short detour - track crossroads near Drum Ardrey - Bealach an t-Suidhe - Lime Craig - return to bealach - path crossroads near Dounans Centre - start. Loop mostly waymarked in red (see here, section 1)
Terrain: Clear paths and tracks. Plenty of ascent, steep for summit ascent and (especially) descent from bealach.
Wildlife today: Red squirrel, finches and tits at the squirrel hide.
Weather today: Dry with sunshine, but stormy clouds threatening. Light winds, below 10°C.

[The start of the trail near the lodge features several attractive sculptures]


Route credit: Forestry Commission (modified)

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