Scotland’s first National Park encompasses 1,865 square kilometres of some of the finest scenery in Scotland. Lying on the Highland Boundary Fault – where the gentle Lowlands meet the unkempt Highlands, it is a chocolate box selection of varying landscapes – rolling lowland in the south, lofty mountains in the north and many lochs, rivers, forests and woodlands in between.
Half of Scotland’s population live within an hour’s drive of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park but there is plenty to go around for both locals and visitors from further afield. For those in search of hill walking – or simply a mountain view to keep them company – it boasts 21 Munros (mountains above 3000ft) and there are also 22 large lochs including Loch Lomond itself, Britain’s largest body of freshwater.
The park is divided into four sections. Loch Lomond, under the watchful eye of Ben Lomond, the Argyll Forest, home to the Argyll Forest Park, the Trossachs, an area of untamed glens and lochs, and Breadalbane, home to the Munros Ben Lui, Ben Challum, Ben More and Ben Vorlich.
Walkers are spoilt for choice with everything from mountains to conquer to shorter strolls to enjoy. There is also the opportunity to combine a visit with walking some or all of the West Highland Way, Rob Roy Way and Three Lochs Way – three of Scotland’s Great Trails.
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