Walk: Autumnal Loch Ard
|[Loch Ard from the middle of the walk]|
The vast forests of the Trossachs explode into a spectacular array of fiery colours around late October, making this part of the National Park one of the best parts of Scotland to visit during autumn. Tracks around the south side of Loch Ard offer occasional glimpses across the sheltered waters of the loch, eventually revealing an ultimate, quintessential Trossachs vista on the higher return route. Long stretches of track could be a bit dull, especially at other times of the year (hence the lower star rating); nevertheless it's a good spot to immerse yourself in peaceful surroundings.
|[The outward route passes close to the shore at several points - here's the view to Eilean Gorm]|
Length: 11 km / 7 miles
Ascent: 350 metres
Points of interest: Loch Ard
Start / finish: Car park on the south side of Kinlochard, G.R.: NN 447020 / choirs windy insisting
Route: Start - Blairhullichan - Couligarten - track along shore at NN 461015 - leave track at NN 464007 - rejoin higher track at NN 463004 - aqueduct on north side of Druim nan Mial - leave track at NN 446014 - start
Terrain: Almost entirely on excellent forest tracks. Two short, steep paths link track sections.
Wildlife today: A red squirrel, ducks on the loch, small birds and distant deer noises.
Weather today: Low cloud lifting after overnight rain; soon mostly sunny (at low levels) with little wind and temperature in single figures.
|[A typical view from much of the walk - easy forestry tracks]|
Route credit: Walkhighlands (modified)