Claims to Fame:
Loch Lomond and The Trossachs Statistics and Superlatives:
- 20 peaks higher than 3,000 ft. Ben More (3,852 ft.) is the highest
- 20 peaks between 2,500 and 3,000 ft.
- 22 larger lochs, dozens of small lochs and lochans
- 50 rivers and large burns (streams)
- 2 Forest Parks - Queen Elizabeth and Argyll
- 15,600 people.
Loch Lomond & The Trossachs - Like Four National Parks in One:
- Loch Lomond deep and romantic, spreads beneath Ben Lomond (3,196ft.).
- Argyll Forest called the Arrochar Alps is rugged and dramatic, bordered and divided by the sea lochs - Loch Long and Loch Goill.
- The Trossachs are known for wild glens. Here Scotland's Highland Boundary Fault divides highlands from lowlands leading some to call the region "the Highlands in miniature".
- Breadalbane, in the north, is an ancient Celtic earldom studded with high peaks, including Ben Lui (3,703ft.), Stob Binnein (3,822), Ben More and the higher of the Ben Vorlichs (3,232 ft.)- the other is near Loch Lomond.
Towns and Villages in Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park:
- Balloch A big town at the start of Loch Lomond with sailing and cruises
- Balquhidder Rob Roy MacGregor's home was here and his grave attracts visitors to this hamlet of 50 above Loch Voil.
- Callander A big market town and gateway to the park.
- Tarbet/Arrochar A mountain pass between these villages was a favorite of Queen Victoria
- Tyndrum Village with rail links to Scotland's West and Northwest.
National Forests Near Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park:
Queen Elizabeth Forest Park, is east of Loch Lomond. Established in 1953 to honor the Coronation it has, among its attractions, Go Ape at Aberfoyle Forest Adventure, near the David Marshall Lodge Visitor Centre - one of the UK's longest, tree-to-tree zip lines.
Walking Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park:
- The West Highland Way Scotland's oldest and most popular long distance walk. Passes east of Loch Lomond.
- The Cowal Way 47 mile, six day walk in South Argyll
- The Rob Roy Way Follow the tracks and paths used by Rob Roy MacGregor across the Southern Highlands in the northeast corner of the park.
Messing About in Boats:
- Take a cruise on Loch Lomond or Loch Katrine.
- Water ski with the local water skiing club.
- Try kayaking, canoeing, powerboating or dinghy sailing Easter to October through Lomond Adventure
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- Try sea kayaking, wakeboarding and white water rafting with Wild Spirits, who also organize more extreme sports, year round.
Getting Around Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park:
Main roads (A82,A85 and A84) circle most of park and A83 crosses the top of the Argyll Forest in the west.
The best places can only be reached by winding, single track roads. So tortuous is the road from Lochgoilhead, at the top of Loch Goil, that the pass where it joins the main road is officially called, "Rest and Be Thankful".
Simplify your life and use public transportation,with the 88-page free guide to trains, ferries, buses and taxis in the park.
Forest Holidays and Hostels:
Forest Holidays offer a selection of beautiful cabins for 4 to 8, on Loch Lubnaig in Queen Elizabeth Forest Park. There's even a new treehouse. Book through the website.
Hostels are well located throughout the park and suit families and seniors as well as youthful backpackers. Find out more about Scottish hostels including how to find and book them.
Five More Cool Things to Do:
- Pay your respects to Roy Roy MacGregor. Scotland's "Robin Hood" is buried in Breadalbane, over looking lovely Balquhidder Glen.
- Imagine the great days of steam travel on Loch Lomond on The Maid of the Loch
- Get on yer bike! The NCR7 winds through the Trossachs - a superb cycle trail for all skills and all bikes.
- Tee Off Golf is the national pastime in Scotland and some of the best courses are open to visitors.
- Catch a Salmon or a trout, a perch, a pike. Fishing opportunities, fishing guides and ghillies are thick on the water around here.
- Loch Lomond and the Trossachs:An A-Z of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park and Surrounding Area
- Loch Lomond and the Trossachs by Robert D. Campbell
- Loch Lomond and the Trossachs by Car by Jim Titchmarsh
- Lonely Planet Walking in Scotland
- The Best Hill Walking in Scotland
- The Haig Guide to Salmon Fishing in Scotland
- Drive Around Scotland by Donna Dailey.