Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park ] straddles the two regions of the Scottish Highlands and the Central Belt of Scotland, one of the four homelands of the United Kingdom.
The Park is divided into four distinct areas: Loch Lomond, The Trossachs, Argyll Forest, and the Breadalbane . It is locate NW of Glasgow with train access at Balloch, Arrochar/Tarbet, Ardlui and Crainlarich.
The Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park became fully operational on 19 July 2002 and was officially opened by Princess Anne on 24 July 2002.
The National Park encompasses around 720 sq miles (1,865 sq km) of land including the Loch Lomond area as well as The Trossachs region.
Flora and fauna
There are three national park visitor centers:
- National Park Gateway Centre, Loch Lomond Shores, Balloch, ☎ +44 (0) 845 3454978 ([email protected]). A state-of-the-art interpretation centre exploring the nature, geology and social history of the National Park
- National Park Centre, Balmaha, In the pretty village of Balmaha, East Loch Lomond, ☎ +44 (0) 1389 722100. A stop-off point for walkers on the West Highland Way, local produce and top-up supplies
- National Park Centre, Luss, ☎ +44 (0) 1389 722120. Find out about Loch Lomond's islands, the conservation village of Luss, and local walks like the village paths and Luss Glen
The following communities are within the National Park boundaries:
Aberfoyle, Arrochar/Tarbet, Balloch, Balquhidder, Callander, Inversnaid, Kinlochard, Lochearnhead, Lochgoilhead, Luss, Kilmun, Port of Menteith, Rowardennan, Stronaclachar, Tyndrum
The following communities are located nearby:
Doune, Dunoon, Dumbarton, Helensburgh, Inveraray, Milngavie
- Queen Elizabeth Forest Park, (From Glasgow follow signs on M8 for Aberfoyle. From Stirling/Callander follow A81 to Aberfoyle via Dukes Pass), .
- Breadalbane Folklore Centre, overlooks The Falls of Dochart at the western end of Killin (easily reached from Aberfeldy and Kenmore (via the A827 along the shores of Loch Tay), and from Crianlarich and Lochearnhead (via the A85 and A827)). April to OCtober 10:00am - 5:00pm. discover the story of Scotland's 'High Country' Adult £2.75, Child (5-16) £1.80.
- Hike the West Highland Way, . the West Highland Way walking path journeys through some of the finest scenery that Scotland has to offer. Traveling from Glasgow (Milngavie) to Fort William, it crosses the National Park and runs the length of the eastern shore of Loch Lomond.
- Bike the West Loch Lomond Cycle Path, . This is a 16.5 mile route between Balloch and Tarbet
- Do go Fishing, .