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Welcome to the Trossachs Bird of Prey Trail – your guide of where to watch some of Scotland’s most magnificent wildlife!
Osprey: Chris Gomersall (rspb-images.com)
Seeing a bird of prey in the wild can be an incredible experience. As they soar high above us, or hover, motionless as if on an invisible thread, they embody a freedom and power that few other creatures can touch. The rarity of these experiences adds to their allure, and chance encounters on the road, or on the hills, become memories to be treasured
Travelling on The Trossachs Bird of Prey trail will hopefully give you the chance to create your own unique memories. This 25 mile circular driving route runs from Aberfoyle to Doune, and its path will take you from the flat lowlands of the Carse of Stirling, to the rugged glory of the Duke’s Pass; from farmland to moorland, bog to mountain. The varied and dramatic landscapes along its route offer the perfect habitat for up to 13 species of bird of prey. How many will you be lucky enough to spot?
The Trossachs Bird of Prey Trail is designed to be driven, and can be visited at any time of the year, though the wildlife will constantly change throughout the seasons (see HERE for more details as to what you might see when). For your best chance of seeing ospreys, hen harriers, or even golden eagles, keep stopping at the points marked on the map, where you will be able to take part in an activity. Whether it’s walking at Glen Finglas, fishing at the Lake of Menteith, or even having a cup of tea at Venachar Lochside, your chances of seeing something will greatly increase the longer you stay in the area.
Follow the Trail MAP for the best route, and check out our ACTIVITIES pages from places to go, eat and stay in the area.