Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park
Covering a vast area embracing the deep waters of Loch Lomond, the wild glens of the Trossachs, Breadalbane's high mountains and the sheltered sea lochs of the Argyll Forest.
It is the first national park in Scotland, boasting some of the most magnificent scenery in the world, firing the passions of generations of writers and artists. The park is also home to an incredible variety of wildlife in a landscape that merges the central lowlands and the highlands' rugged terrain.
There is so much to see and do within the national park, from walks along the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond to the large cycling areas. Different courses and programs run throughout the year from bird watching to drumming.
In addition to stunning scenery and wildlife, the national park offers a range of outdoor activities of all varieties. There are cruises on Loch Lomond, which can last from 45 minutes to 2 ½ hours. What better way to take in the history, beauty and wildlife of the loch than by actually sailing on it? The sheltered harbour at Balmaha is the ideal starting point for sailing and water-sports, while the championship golf course at Loch Lomond Golf Club regularly attracts world class names to its famous golfing tournaments.
Walking and hiking enthusiasts are amply catered for. A gentle stroll through the Balloch Castle Country Park or Queen Elizabeth Forest Park will lead you past charming lochside villages and sandy bays. For the adventurous, the mountains to the north offer more strenuous walks and climbs. Ben Lomond, at 3,194 feet above sea level, affords the most fantastic views of the loch and surrounding area. Of course, it is only one of a number of exhilarating climbs in the vicinity.
The national park boasts a state of the art visitor centre revealing all you need to know about the area. Discover how the early settlers have shaped the landscape and how you can help protect its environment today. Loch Lomond Shores is a shopping complex in the town of Balloch, nestled on the southernmost point of the loch. There are also a number of restaurants and eateries available to recharge your batteries after a great day out.
Contact details for the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Authority:
Telephone: +44(0) 1389 722600