Whether you live near the Trossachs, or are visiting the area, there are a treasure trove of stunning trails woven into the forests and hillsides that, with a little exploration, will yield stunning views, solitude and an abundance of wildlife. There are paths steeped in history and folklore, and others that lead to an elevated vista, so why do we seem to stick to the same well-worn paths? Perhaps it’s time to take the road less travelled.

The Great Trossachs Path is part of Scotland’s Great Trails Network, and is situated within the heart of Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park. The main path is considered a long distance path at 30 miles (48km), and links two better-known walking routes; the West Highland Way and the Rob Roy Way via a string of beautiful lochs. The route passes Lochs Venachar, Achray, Katrine and Arklet.

Start NN337088 – Inversnaid, Stirlingshire – Finish NN607081 – Kilmahog, Stirlingshire

However, the beauty with this meandering route is the plethora of trails and loops that allow for walks of varying distance and difficulty, so it is not necessary to undertake the entire long distance walk. These make great days out, with many being suitable for kids too. The paths are suitable for walkers, cyclists and horse riders.

 

Loch Arklet with Arrochar Alps behind.
by John McSporran

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Great Trossachs Path offers the opportunity to experience the beauty and the wildlife of The Great Trossachs Forest. It passes through ancient woodlands, designated habitats, lochside access and spectacular hilltop vistas.

The Great Trossachs Path enables you to walk in the footsteps of history. It passes by the birthplace of Rob Roy, a military Garrison and path, an Iron Age Fort, as well as the sites of numerous famous paintings and poems.

http://www.thegreattrossachsforest.co.uk

 

With so many routes to explore, we have linked you directly to the maps and info to ensure you can explore and get the most out of these beautiful walks;

 

The Great Trossachs Path (PDF)

 

Glen Finglas Leaflet (PDF)

 

Cycling the Great Trossachs Path (PDF)

 

Gentle Walks in the Great Glen Forest (PDF)

 

Glen Finglas Nature Trail (kids will love this) (PDF)

 

Art & Literature (PDF)

 

Callander Paths (easy) PDF

by John McSporran
The four lochs in the photo are left to right, Loch Katrine, Loch Achray, Loch Venachar and, top right in the far distance, Loch Drunkie. The photo was taken from the summit of Ben Venue, a mountain in the Trossachs area of Scotland.

 

 

 

The Great Trossachs App provides information about the special qualities of The Great Trossachs Forest National Nature Reserve.

Discover more about the Trossachs using this free app. Covering the whole of The Great Trossachs Forest National Nature Reserve, the app provides information on walks, cafes and points of interest in the area. Use the GPS enabled function when you are out and about to reveal more about the landscape around you.

Search for ‘Trossachs’ in the app store.

More info at www.thegreattrossachsforest.co.uk

 

 

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