Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park

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Two areas of great natural beauty, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs, became the heart of Scotland's first national park, created in 2002. The park extends over a huge area, from Balloch north to Tyndrum and Killin, and from Callander west to the forests of Cowal. The length of Loch Lomond means that access between the western part of the park and the Trossachs is either in the far north of the region via Crianlarich or the far south via Drymen.

Waterbuses criss-crossing the lake make it easier for pedestrians and cyclists to connect the two parts of the park.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Loch Lomond attractions

1. Inchmahome Priory

11.39 MILES

From the Lake of Menteith (called 'lake' not 'loch' due to a mistranslation from Gaelic), 3 miles east of Aberfoyle, a ferry takes visitors to these…

2. Rob Roy's Grave

12.9 MILES

In the village of Balquhidder (ball-whidder), 9 miles north of Callander off the A84, there's a churchyard with – perhaps – Rob Roy's grave. It's an…

3. Fyne Ales

13.3 MILES

The friendly folk here do a great range of craft beers in this attractive modern brewery off the A83 9 miles northeast of Inveraray. There's a lovely bar…

4. Maid of the Loch

14.24 MILES

The vintage paddle steamer Maid of the Loch, built in 1953, is moored at Loch Lomond Shores while awaiting full restoration – you can nip aboard for a…

5. Loch Lomond Sea Life

14.43 MILES

The centrepiece of Loch Lomond Shores is this aquarium, which has displays on the wildlife of Loch Lomond, an otter enclosure (housing short-clawed Asian…

6. Loch Lomond Shores

14.46 MILES

Loch Lomond Shores, a major tourism development situated a half-mile north of Balloch, sports various visitor attractions, outdoor activities and boat…

7. Hamilton Toy Collection

14.5 MILES

The Hamilton Toy Collection is a powerhouse of 20th-century juvenile memorabilia, chock-full of dolls houses, puppets and toy soldiers. It's an amazing…

8. Hill House

14.73 MILES

Built in 1902 for Glasgow publisher Walter Blackie, this is perhaps architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh's finest creation – its timeless elegance still…