The Trossachs hills mark the dividing ‘Highland Line’ and, though its peaks may be smaller than those of its namesake, the Trossachs green rolling hills still dwarf the Lowland plains to the south. The gateways to this wonderous landscape, rich in history and folklore, are the villages of Callander and Aberfoyle.
The scenic beauty of this area was discovered by the world at large when Sir Walter Scott extended his romantic portrayal of Scotland's past from border ballads to poems of a medieval past rich in chivalry and symbolism, with his 1810 poem Lady of the Lake, the lady herself being found on Loch Katrine. This was followed up by his 1817 historical novel Rob Roy romanticising the outlaw cattle thief Raibert Ruadh (Rob Roy), born by Loch Katrine and buried at nearby Balquhidder.
The effect was to draw tourists to the area and make the Trossachs Hotel well known. Loch Katrine itself changed in 1859 when a dam was built to bring a new main water supply to Glasgow. Queen Victoria had a holiday house built overlooking the loch. A steamer service started, and the 1900 SS Sir Walter Scott is still going, giving visitors a delightful way to enjoy the scenery.
Flora and fauna
Red & roe deer, capercaillie, red squirrel, woodpecker, blackcock, wood ants, wood wasps, barn owls, and an array of plants and fungi all can be found within the Trossachs region.
Queen Elizabeth Forest Park, (From Glasgow follow signs on M8 for Aberfoyle. From Stirling/Callander follow A81 to Aberfoyle via Dukes Pass), .