The Glen Finglas Play Trail in Little Druim Woods is a lovely wee family walk set within the heart of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. You’ll find it on the road between Aberfoyle and Callendar, not too far from the start of the Ben A’an walk.
Park in the Glen Finglas car park and pick up a trail map, which has all the sculptures and things to see numbered on it. The trail is easy to follow but kids will enjoy checking what’s coming next and finding the activities as they head round the trail.
The walk is an easy 1.5km natural play and sculpture trail exploring Little Druim Woodland, part of the larger Great Trossachs Forest National Nature Reserve, and is suitable for all ages. There are lots of things to find and explore along the trail so it’s a perfect place let the kids run ahead and lead the way while you follow behind. (Just be aware that you need to cross the road mid-walk.)
Along the way you will find stepping stones, animal tracks, balance challenge logs, noisy play, a spy chamber and a secret den. You also might come across a real life troll that you can wake up with a troll bell. Plus there are a whole bunch of other things to find and play with as you explore the trail.
The kids really enjoyed following the map, finding all the things on it as we went. They really liked the idea of the troll and spent the rest of the walk playing games involving the troll!
The whole walk took us about an hour and a half, with plenty of time playing and exploring. We would probably have spent longer there but it was pretty drizzly and cold, so an hour and a half was plenty!
My kids are age 6 and 9 now, and I wouldn’t head here only for this walk. But it is a really lovely walk to include if you’re driving by, exploring the area anyway.
Glen Finglas is located in the heart of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park between Brig o’Turk and Lendrick Lodge. The Glen Finglas car park is situated at the visitor centre, not far past the Ben A’an car park on the A821 road to Callendar, but there is another smaller car park along the road to the east on the opposite side of the road. It is roughly a 20 minute drive from Aberfoyle and 15 minutes from Callendar.
Getting there without a vehicle would be very tricky.
- Wheels: You could get round the trail with wheels but it wouldn’t be fun. I’d use a carrier if possible.
- Parking: There’s a decent car park available at the Glen Finglas visitor centre. It’s free.
- Toilets: Toilets available at visitor centre.
- Clothing needed: The path is well maintained so just dress for the weather.
- Dogs: Suitable for the furry family.
There are no costs for this trail.
The Glen Finglas play trail is an easy, family friendly walk with lots of opportunities for imaginative play along the way. The troll is a definite highlight. Highly recommend a visit if you’re nearby!