Duke's Pass (A821)

[Ben Venue seen from the northern end of the pass]

Duke's Pass takes you from Aberfoyle on the edge of the National Park into the very heart of the Trossachs. For many it's the means to an end - a route to the steamship on Loch Katrine, or to walks up Ben A'an or Ben Venue. However, the views north into the Highlands and south to the Lowlands make the drive worthwhile in its own right. Fortunately there are plenty of small laybys to stop in, as constant sharp bends will keep your eyes occupied when moving. If you're looking for something even more leisurely, the Three Lochs Forest Drive starts from near the summit.

[Ben A'an from near the summit, looking northbound (October 2015)]

Name: Duke's Pass (A821) ★☆☆
Location (summit): A821 between Aberfoyle and Loch Achray, G.R.: NN 519038 ///joys.bonnet.couple
Start (south): Aberfoyle, G.R.: NN 521010 ///statement.avocado.chase
Finish (north): Head of Loch Achray, G.R.: NN 507071 ///classic.caravans.resolves

Distance: 9 km / 6 miles
Height gain: 220 metres
Type of road: Surfaced A-road, suitable for most vehicles
Open: Almost always: snow may occasionally close the pass
Cost: Free

[Icy December conditions ascending the north side of the pass (southbound)]

[Ben Venue from just beyond the summit (northbound)]

[Ben A'an (northbound)]

[Ben Venue from the north end of the pass (northbound)]

[And the same view in autumn! (October 2015)]

[Ben Ledi from near the summit of the pass (October 2015)]

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