Loch Lomond and the Trossachs

Loch Lomond and the Trossachs is Scotland's first National Park, established on 19th July 2002. The Park, the first in Scotland, covers an area approaching 2000 square km and includes a substantial area of the Scottish Highlands immediately to the north of the conurbation of Glasgow. The Park's area is really too big for one web page to cover, so its northern half - those parts around Glen Falloch, Glen Dochart  and Strath Fillan - will be covered elsewhere. This page will concentrate on Loch Lomond and the Trossachs proper.

Lomond landsat

Loch Lomond is Britain's largest freshwater lake, some 22 miles long from south to north and perhaps a couple of miles wide at its southern end. The Highland Boundary Fault - a distinct geographical feature that divides the Scottish Highlands from the central Lowlands - crosses the loch about a third of the way along. Ben Lomond, Scotland's most southerly Munro (mountan over 3000 feet high) dominates the eastern side. The West Highland Way runs along the eastern shore of the lake, while the West Highland Railway and the A82 trunk road follow the west shore. There are several villages on the west bank, notably Luss, Tarbet, Inveruglas and Ardlui. Just west of Tarbet is Arrochar, a village overlooked by the famous group of mountains known as the Arrochar Alps. These comprise the Munros of Ben Narnain, Ben Ime, Ben Vane and Ben Vorlich as well as their lesser but craggier companion, Ben Arthur (a.k.a. "The Cobbler"). The National Park extends some way west and south of here, along Loch Long and the Cowal peninsula to include the area around Loch Goll and Loch Eck,

The "Trossachs" is the area immediately to the east of Loch Lomond. The name is said to mean "bristly country" and the area is often referred to as the "Highlands in Miniature". Romanticised as the land of Rob Roy Macgregor, it's a land of lakes and reservoirs interspersed with hills around 2000ft high, many of whose slopes are covered with pine forests.  It is centred on Loch Katrine, noted for its pleasure cruises. There are no towns as such in the area but it encompasses several significant settlements such as Aberfoyle, Balquhidder, Lochearnhead and Strathyre. The town of Callander, often called the "gateway to the Highlands", lays just to the east of the Trossachs  adjacent to the 2883ft summit of Ben Ledi. Finally, in the far east, the park extends to the Stirlingshire - Perthshire boundary to include Loch Earn and the Munros of Stuc a Chroin and the other Ben Vorlich.

 In summary, this part of the National Park encompasses a magnificent sweep of country containing some superb loch, mountain and forest scenery. Its reputation as Glasgow's playground can easily be appreciated.

Gallery Index

West Highland Way (Conic Hill to Rowardennan) 
West Highland Way (Rowardennan to Ardleish)
Ben Narnain, May 2000
Ben Ledi, May 2002
Stuc a' Chroin, May 2002
Ben Lomond, June 2006


  The National Park interim committee website

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This page last updated 31st July 2006