Grand mountains, ancient forests, breath-taking glens, unique historic sites and spectacular lochs are all waiting to be discovered in Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park.
With 720 square miles of Scotland’s most stunning landscapes to explore, here’s five ways you can enjoy Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park:
1. Head to the Cowal Peninsula
Get off the beaten track for a day and discover the beautiful Cowal Peninsula, in the west of the National Park. Benmore Botanic Garden makes a fantastic start to the day. Be enchanted by a garden steeped in history and surrounded by dramatic scenery. Then head to the magically dark atmosphere of Puck’s Glen, a fairy glen named after Puck from a Midsummer’s Night Dream, before discovering Historic Kilmun.
If you travel around the coast to Ardentinny look out for porpoises, seals or sea birds like guillemots and gannets, or go rock pooling to look for crabs and sea anemones. Find out more at: www.lochlomond-trossachs.org/cowal
2. Hop on a bike
Whether you are looking for a peaceful family-friendly bike ride through stunning forests or a mountain biking trail with challenging terrain, cycling is a fantastic way to explore Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park. Discover a cycling route for you at: www.lochlomond-trossachs.org/cycle
3. Stretch your legs
The National Park is a walker’s paradise. Loch, coastline, riverside, forest, glen, hill or mountain – whatever takes your fancy, a walk immersed in stunning surroundings will be good for the head, heart, body and soul. Choose from our short to moderate walking routes, or if you’re looking for a challenge, discover one of Scotland’s six Great Trails (long distance routes). If you’d like to join a group, there are weekly ‘Walk in the Park’ walks in Aberfoyle, Callander, Killin and Balloch. Find a route for you at: www.lochlomond-trossachs.org/walk
4. Go camping
Experience the National Park with a night under the stars. There’s a wide choice of places to camp in stunning surroundings. If you’re after a little of your home comforts, pitch up in one of the National Park’s many campsites. For a slightly wilder experience, you can book a permit and stay by a lochshore or tucked away in the trees at Three Lochs Forest Drive. If you prefer the solitude of ‘wild camping’ away from the hustle and bustle, there are plenty of places to immerse yourself in some of the most spectacular scenery in Scotland – just make sure you know which areas are covered by camping byelaws, which are in effect from 1st March until 30th September. Find your perfect spot at: www.lochlomond-trossachs.org/camp
5. Climb a wee hill with a big view
Whether you’ve never climbed a hill in your life or are an experienced hiker and have bagged lots of Munros, here in Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park we have plenty of wee hills that offer spectacular views in exchange for minimum effort and time. Choose from our 12 picks, including Inchcailloch summit, Beinn Dubh, Ben A’an, Gouk Hill, Callander Crags and Creag an Truic.