• Lodge Forest Visitor Centre Youth Campsite
Cowal & Trossachs Forest District, Aberfoyle, Stirling, FK8 EUX, United Kingdom
Youth Campsite's are informal designated sites run by the Forestry Commission, which are tent only campsites. These sites are a great way for providing youth groups with an outdoor experience with the feeling of wild camping. There are no facilities on our campsites so the group will need to be prepared to experience everything the great outdoors has to offer. If in doubt, follow SOAC (www.outdooraccess-scotland.com/Practical-guide/public/camping) best practice.
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    Lodge Forest Visitor Centre Youth Campsite
    "Renagour campsite"
    By , Stirling, UK
    Used this site before. Clean austere site not to far from a car park. Perfect for introduction to wild camping. It was Sunny and it made a great spot even better. However as is the case at the end of may when the breeze died down the midges came out ... and they were terrible.. but that was to be expected. Would and will definitely use it again.
Lodge Forest Visitor Centre Youth Campsite is rated 4.4 out of 5 stars based on 47 guest reviews.Read more guest reviews.

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General Information

Youth Campsite's are informal designated sites run by the Forestry Commission, which are tent only campsites. These sites are a great way for providing youth groups with an outdoor experience with the feeling of wild camping. There are no facilities on our campsites so the group will need to be prepared to experience everything the great outdoors has to offer. If in doubt, follow SOAC (www.outdooraccess-scotland.com/Practical-guide/public/camping) best practice.  Fires are permitted in designated fire pits only and BBQ's must be raised off the ground and well clear of trees. Please refrain from lighting fires anywhere on the campsites apart from in the fire pit provided. Logs can be purchased from the Lodge Forest Visitor Centre. The sites are available from 1st March through to the 31st October inclusive for 2018 with gate keys being supplied by a member of staff at the Lodge Forest Visitor Centre with a £20 deposit.

Renagour
Grid Ref: NN 498 008 - 1.5 miles West of Aberfoyle.
Take the Inversnaid road from Aberfoyle, turn left at the Milton and bear right at the fork, past the cottage bear left towards Forestry Commission signed car park (Loch Ard) and barrier. Follow forest road from barrier for aprox 200m where a path on the left leads to the river and the campsite.  If they require sole occupancy then they need to specify at time of booking by adding a note in special requests and to confirm in an email addressed to thelodge@forestry.gov.uk

Douglas
Grid Ref: NN 495 006.
Directions as for the Renagour but continue for a further 400m along the forest road.  The campsite is towards the river on the left.  If they require sole occupancy then they need to specify at time of booking by adding a note in special requests and to confirm in an email addressed to thelodge@forestry.gov.uk

Dalzell
Grid Ref: NN 494 004.
Directions as for the Douglas but continue for a further 300m along the forest road.  The campsite is towards the river on the left.  If they require sole occupancy then they need to specify at time of booking by adding a note in special requests and to confirm in an email addressed to thelodge@forestry.gov.uk

Craigie
Grid Ref: NN 492 002.
Directions as for Dalzall but continue along the forest road for a further 300m.  The camping area is towards the river on the left.  If they require sole occupancy then they need to specify at time of booking by adding a note in special requests and to confirm in an email addressed to thelodge@forestry.gov.uk

Recreational Activities

Camping.

Pitches

  • Craigie
    Total Pitches: 8

    Grid Ref: NN 492 002.

  • Dalzell
    Total Pitches: 5

    Grid Ref: NN 494 004.

  • Douglas
    Total Pitches: 5

    Grid Ref: NN 495 006

  • Renagour
    Total Pitches: 6

    Grid Ref: NN 498 008 - 1.5 miles West of Aberfoyle.

Reviews

Lodge Forest Visitor Centre Youth Campsite is rated 4.6 out of 5 stars based on 25 guest reviews.
    Lodge Forest Visitor Centre Youth Campsite
    "Renagour campsite"
    By , Stirling, UK
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    Used this site before. Clean austere site not to far from a car park. Perfect for introduction to wild camping. It was Sunny and it made a great spot even better. However as is the case at the end of may when the breeze died down the midges came out ... and they were terrible.. but that was to be expected. Would and will definitely use it again.
    Lodge Forest Visitor Centre Youth Campsite
    "Milton area youth camp sites"
    By , Stirling, UK
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    The campsite was itself was clean, but you have a huge problem with dog poo bags scattered all over the side walks, th his needs to be sorted out, what's the point of bagging it then throwing it into the wooded area, even tying it to the trees, these irresponsible dog owners need to take account of other users.
    Lodge Forest Visitor Centre Youth Campsite
    "One night stay"
    By , STIRLING, UK
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    Beautiful location, very peaceful. We took our own wood and had a fire in the fire pit at the site. Zero litter around which was great too.The site can get VERY, VERY midgy from end of May onwards so be well prepared if you are going between June and September.
    Lodge Forest Visitor Centre Youth Campsite
    "Duke of Edinburgh Camp at Loch Ard Campsites"
    By , Glasgow, UK
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    As always the campsites were great for our groups. The settings are lovely and the pupils really enjoyed themselves. They are very well maintained. Our one issue was that we had phoned and arranged before our visit that we would have the key to the gate left at the Co-Op to enable us to take a mini bus up to the campsite. This didn't happen so caused a bit of inconvenience to the group as we had planned our camp based on having a mini bus close to the campsite. Marion McAlister
    Lodge Forest Visitor Centre Youth Campsite
    "Stunning Views"
    By , Dundee, UK
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    Excellent space for DofE group. Stunning views of the loch. Was a little moist underfoot, but with the weather it was understandable.
    Lodge Forest Visitor Centre Youth Campsite
    "Excellent Spot"
    By , Dundee, UK
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    Very clean. Good amount of space with safe area for fire. Good access to running water from river.
    Lodge Forest Visitor Centre Youth Campsite
    "Intro to wild camping"
    By , Edinburgh, UK
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    Our teams regularly stay in the Renagour camp spot. We use this trip as in introduction to wild camping, to build on skills before they head out on their own planned true wild camping expeds. Even though the camp site is near to civilisation, it has a remote feel and even when there are others using the other camp spots near by, we never see or hear their presence. Amazing spot which we all plan to come back and use with friends and family, not just in a work capacity.
    Lodge Forest Visitor Centre Youth Campsite
    "Renagour youth campsite aberfoyle"
    By , Wishaw, UK
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    Had 2 dofe groups stay here for an overnight great setting and location and easy to get to by car or foot . As it was tucked away from the main town it was really quiet only down fall would be that the bottom of the path just before you get on to the camping grass is a bit boggy could do with some attention eg. Gravle put inplace to alow water to soak away but other than that perfect for what we were needing it for.
    Lodge Forest Visitor Centre Youth Campsite
    "Outdoors Is Fun"
    By , Paisley, UK
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    Good experience, the lack of social media was a plus.
    Lodge Forest Visitor Centre Youth Campsite
    "LYC Craigie campsite"
    By , Edinburgh, UK
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    Excellent camping experience for DoEA groups especially with the midges !
    Lodge Forest Visitor Centre Youth Campsite
    "Youth campsite"
    By , Saltcoats, UK
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    As a Duke of Edinburgh's group the site is ideal for the purpose we have. We have used the site many times in the past and hopefully many times in the future.
    Lodge Forest Visitor Centre Youth Campsite
    "Lovely location"
    By , Glasgow, UK
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    Brilliant. Unfortunately previous users have left it in a bit of a mess with their campfires and attempts to burn damp trees.
    Lodge Forest Visitor Centre Youth Campsite
    "Perfect camping experience"
    By , Glasgow, UK
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    Each of the campsites that we have visited have given us exactly what the kids(and the leaders!) needed. This year we visited in a much smaller group and we still managed to have the time of our lives. No electricity. Camp fire. Fresh air. Excersize. The chance to explore. We stayed in the youth campsite Rigamoor this visit and it is such a truest beautiful place.
    Lodge Forest Visitor Centre Youth Campsite
    "Achray Youth Campsite"
    By , Stirling, UK
    Campsite was in good condition, but had to ask some fishermen/woman to leave the site as we have child protection policy, this did not go down well with them, they kept stating the there was no sign saying otherwise. Therefore you will have to re-think the signange at the site. one of the children found later a A4 laminated sheet with the information required, this had been attached with tiewraps needs reviewed.
    Lodge Forest Visitor Centre Youth Campsite
    "Camping - Loch Ard Youth Campsites"
    By , glasgow, UK
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    Campsites were spotless, our group enjoyed their visit - and no midges - an added bonus. Having access by mini bus also allowed closer supervision of the groups
    Lodge Forest Visitor Centre Youth Campsite
    "Great place for a DofE group camping"
    By , Stirling, UK
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    Suited our needs really well. Only comment would be that there are three rusted metal rods, about 1m high, sticking up in the middle of the field which, if trying to play with a frisbee or rounders etc are pretty dangerous. Have used the site before in June and plagued by midges so we decided to go earlier this year.
    Lodge Forest Visitor Centre Youth Campsite
    "Camping"
    By , Lochlip Road, UK
    a fine place to wild camp with a group of young people
    Lodge Forest Visitor Centre Youth Campsite
    "Renagour camp site"
    By , Dalkeith, UK
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    I use this site every year with my Duke of Edinburgh groups and its absolutely ideal for our needs. I would describe the site as "semi wild" which is perfect for a silver group. There is vehicular access which is great for us to get the mini bus in in case of an emergency. The site is ideally located to access a huge range of routes in the surrounding area. Don't expect any luxuries like a toilet, but as will camp sites go its pretty much perfect.
    Lodge Forest Visitor Centre Youth Campsite
    "Winter camp"
    By , Paisley, UK
    The group had a good time, we chose a different site from last time, it was encouraging to see the hawks so close overall the young people had a good rural getaway. Many thanks
    Lodge Forest Visitor Centre Youth Campsite
    "DofE Expedition on Craigie Forest Campsite"
    By , Glasgow, UK
    This is an attractive, well maintained wild campsite; the grass was cut nice and short. It was used by a mixed gender group of young people on a DofE expedition who were camping on their own while the supervisor and assessor, having checked them in OK, were staying elsewhere. The site is reasonably secure being some way from public vehicular access (gate key is available for authorised users).
    Lodge Forest Visitor Centre Youth Campsite
    "Irvine DofE"
    By , Saltcoats, UK
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    The site was perfect for our needs unfortunately the weather was extremely wet the site was about to flood so we were unable to use the site.
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    "7 nights at Craigie Campsite"
    By , Paisley, UK
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    Our Group had a wonderful outdoor camping experience, the scenery and remoteness makes the campsites that bit special. The group always enjoy the camping adventure. Our only downside was the fireplace, craigie has always had an issue with people taking the hearth to other parts of the site and making fires ,our group always enjoy the main fire area as it provides us with appropriate heating during the 'rain times' and a perfect social area. Can we have it back. Many Thanks Forestry Commission.
    Lodge Forest Visitor Centre Youth Campsite
    "I was not impressed."
    By , Forfar, UK
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    This site would be great on a hot summers day in a year without many midges, but any other time it's not the type of place I would camp again. For a group getting a taste of wild camping it's not the best by a long shot! We were there on a warm, damp, still day in June and it was midge-tastic. A day where the moment the tents were up and food eaten everyone was in their tents sheltering. The river near by is very slow moving and only really 1 spot to get moving water, and if you are trying to keep your distance for going to the toilet you have to climb your way up a very steep slope which a few people fell down on their way back. For this you are being asked to pay per person for a bit of boggy grass that looked like it was last cut 3 months ago. There are a lot of nicer places to introduce a group to wild camping and I don't intend on returning here. On top of this there were lots forestry works taking place which weren't well signed or put anywhere for groups to check beforehand. This meant groups needed to back track and find alternative routes only to find them blocked as well.
    Lodge Forest Visitor Centre Youth Campsite
    "Beautiful Campsite"
    By , Edinburgh, UK
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    The campsite is stunning. Lovely open area with a fire pit. We were surrounded by blue bells and right next to the river. This spot is very sheltered which would be a great advantage if it is windy but it did mean we were troubled by midges, although that is to be expected in Scotland! We will definitely be coming back!
    Lodge Forest Visitor Centre Youth Campsite
    "Lovely little youth campsite"
    By , Clydebank, UK
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    We've been using the Forestry Commission youth campsites for a few years now. They've definitely improved the service over the last couple of years. I love the fact you can now book the campsites online. What to expect: basic no frills campsite, ideal for youth groups such as the Duke of Edinburgh's Award.

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Booking Terms and Conditions

Site Open 1st March - 31 October

Tent only Camping

FACILITIES

  • There are no toilet facilities on any of the campsites
  • 6 persons per pitch

Renagour

Grid Ref: NN 498 008 - 1.5 miles west of Aberfoyle - 6 tent pitches

Take the Inversnaid road from Aberfoyle, turn left at the Milton and bear right at the fork, past the cottage bear left towards Forestry Commission signed car park (Loch Ard) and barrier. Follow forest road from barrier for approx 200m where a path on the left leads to the river and the campsite. Douglas Grid Ref: NN 495 006 - 5 tent pitches Directions as above for Renagour but continue along the forest road for a further, the campsite is towards the river on the left.

Dalzell

Grid Ref: NN 494 004 - 5 tent pitches

Directions as above for Douglas but continue along the forest road for a further 300m, the campsite is towards the river on the left.

Craigie

Grid Ref: NN 492 002 - 8 tent pitches

Directions as above for Dalzell but continue along the forest road for a further 300m, the campsite is towards the river on the left.

Ranger Hours - 9:00am- 4pm, Lodge contact number: 0300 067 6615

YOUR VIEWS

We would like you to contact the site warden or cowal&trossachs@forestry.gsi.gov.uk if you have any feedback about your stay. Your comments will help us to ensure we get things right.

ALCOHOL

Alcohol should not be consumed when supervising youth groups.

BOOKING

Pitches are available from 12pm on day of your arrival and must be vacated by 11am on day of your departure.

We cater for Youth Organisations only.

Please state in the 'Other Requests' box on the Contact Details stage of your booking how many vehicles and there registration numbers. This can also be emailed to us after the booking has been placed.

CANCELLATIONS

We operate a non-refund policy for all bookings cancelled within 72 hours of arrival date.

CONDUCT

Please respect your neighbours and keep noise to a minimum between 11pm and 7am. If any complaints are received regarding your conduct then you will be asked to leave the site with no refund.

DOGS

Dogs are welcome and should be under close control at all times. Please clean up after your dog and do not allow fouling of the camping areas.

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Please ensure children are supervised appropriately. Leaders, parents or guardians are responsible for ensuring they can explore safely.

The vehicle speed limit on forest roads is strictly 10mph and parking is permitted in designated bays only.

FIRES

Follow SOAC (www.outdooraccess-scotland.com/Practical-guide/public/camping) best practice.

Wherever possible, use a stove rather than light an open fire. If you do wish to light an open fire, keep it small, under control, and supervised - fires that get out of control can cause major damage, for which you might be liable. Never light an open fire during prolonged dry periods or in areas such as forests and woods, Heed all advice at times of high risk. Remove all traces of an open fire before you leave. Please bring your own fire wood so do not damage trees, or disturb the protected habitat here by collecting dead wood.

BBQ's must be raised off the ground and well clear of trees.

Please ensure fires and BBQ's are not left unattended and safely extinguished after use.

WASTE

Follow SOAC (www.outdooraccess-scotland.com/Practical-guide/public/camping) best practice.

Do not burn your waste, particularly glass, plastics or metal (note pressurized cans can explode).

Take away all your litter. Take particular care not to drop things like bottles, cans or plastic bags as these can damage machinery and if eaten by a farm animal or a wild animal they can cause severe injury or death. Do not leave any food scraps or associated packaging as these might be eaten by animals and help to spread disease.

Bury human waste at least 60m away from the campsite and running water in a shallow hole and replace the turf. Avoid areas that have recently been disturbed.

Thank you for agreeing to these terms.

If you require sole occupancy then you need to specify at time of booking by adding a note in your booking and confirming in an email addressed to thelodge@forestry.gov.uk.