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The David Marshall Lodge Visitor Centre

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The David Marshall Lodge Visitor Centre


The Visitor Centre is the best place to start exploring Queen Elizabeth Forest Park.

This impressive building, locally known by its original name, the David Marshall Lodge, was gifted to the Forestry Commission in 1960 by the Carnegie Trust. The David Marshall Lodge offers some of the most spectacular views in the area, including a stunning view across Loch Ard Forest to Ben Lomond.

This is the ideal base from which to explore the forest environment. Waymarked paths starting from here range from half a mile to a four mile trek.

The views from the Lodge are spectacular, taking in the Campsie Hills, Ben Lomond and across Loch Ard Forest.

The Visitor Centre also includes:

  • Go Ape! high wire adventure course.
  • Play park
  • Bluebell Cafe
  • Forest shop
  • Wildlife Watch - Live CCTV images beamed from different locations

Opening times:
Open daily
Jul - Aug 10am - 6pm
(Forest Shop closes 5.30pm)
Sep - Oct 10am - 5pm
Nov - Dec 10am - 4pm

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