A tourist centre at the gateway to the Highlands, Aberfoyle lies 20 miles (32 km) west of Stirling and 25 miles (40 km) north of Glasgow at a key point in the A821 loop road known as the 'Trossachs Trail'. To the south are the pasture lands of the Forth Valley and to the north, the dramatic Duke's Pass which cuts through the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park. Situated on the River Laggan, the old village or 'Clachan at Aberfoyle' was one of the settings in Walter Scott's novel Rob Roy, the site now occupied by the Bailie Nicol Jarvie Inn which was erected by the Duke of Montrose. The French author Jules Verne set his novel Les Indes Noires (1877) in Aberfoyle, writing about fictional coal-mines he supposed where here. The ruins of the old parish church (1774) survive, as do the remains of Milton Mill (1667) to the west. Nearby Duchray Castle was built in the 16th Century by the Grahams of Duchray and Rednock. Walter Scott popularised this part of Scotland which developed as a holiday centre during the 19th century. The village has tourist facilities including an 18-hole golf course and the Scottish Wool Centre.

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