Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park
Even though the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park is a mere hour outside of Glasgow, this Scottish National Park is far removed from the busy city streets and fast paced lifestyle. It covers an area of approximately 1 865 square kilometers, and within the National Park borders are the communities of Arrochar, Callander, Balloch, Tyndrum, Port of Menteith, Tyndrum and Crianlarich. Loch Lomond is an attraction of its own, being Great Britain’s biggest freshwater expanse. This beautiful phenomenon is surrounded by breathtaking mountain ranges, dense forests, dancing lochs, magical glens, refreshing waterfalls and rolling hills. It is a mystical place where many come to escape, to find inspiration and to breathe the sweet air of freedom.
The Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park is rich in wildlife that includes the graceful golden eagles, wood warblers, pied flycatchers, ospreys and many other birds that grace the skies and fill the air with their glorious songs. The Lomond Loch, smaller lochs and rock pools attract crabs, porpoises, seals, wading birds and migratory birds such as swans. Water voles, deer, red squirrels and otters also live on this land, and the park management and local communities work together to ensure the safety and protection of all animals that share this piece of heaven.
Besides for the wonderful fauna and flora that is found around the Loch Lomond, the park has many other attractions to visit within the communities that include a selection of castles, burial grounds, museums and the very popular Fairy Knolls. Or simply appreciate the fact that you are standing on the ground the inspired Sir Walter Scott to envision the famous stories of ‘The Lady in the Lake’ and the world famous ‘Rob Roy MacGregor’.
There are also many trails within the park that visitors can explore on foot, by bicycle or on horseback. It is advised that trail enthusiasts enquire about the hiking distance and difficulty, as they vary between moderate walks, long distance routes, hill mountain walks and routes that are better suited to horses or cyclists. No matter what method you chose to explore The Trossachs National Park, or which attraction you decide to see, the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park will enchant you and instill a peace and tranquility that is not easily matched.