UK Walking Locations – Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park

Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park

The Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park is the fourth largest National Park in the United Kingdom and covers over 800 Square Miles of the best Scottish Countryside available North of the border.

The National Park was founded in 2002 and has a boundary of over 220 Miles in length.

The area contains 21 Muros (Mountains that are higher than 3000 Ft) to include Ben Lomond, Ben Lui, Beinn Challuim, Ben More and two peaks called Ben Vorlich, 19 Corbetts ( Mountains that are between 2,500Ft and 3,000Ft), two forest parks and 60 designated areas of nature conservation sites. 

Whilst over 15,000 people live in the park it’s typically split into four distinct areas, The Trossachs and Callander, Arrochar and Crianlarich, Drymen and Balmaha, Strathyre and Lochearnhead each that come with there own characteristics. The area is fantastic for day-walkers and hikers alike and offers some of the best walking locations in the UK from the day walks that take place in Balloch, Aberfoyle, Callander and Killin that last between 30 and 45 minutes to the expanse of the National Park that offer even the most experience hiker a real challenge.

The Trossachs

The Trossachs are the lowland area of this section of the Scottish Highland and contain both the key forests and lochs in the area. The Lochs include Lochs Ard, Venachar, Achray, Chon and Loch Katrine which has been associated with Sir Walter Scott who painted this area many times.

The Arrochar Alps and Crianlarich

The Arrochar Alps and Crianlarich contain the Northern Point of the Loch’s and contain an area of lowland area and very steep rocky mountains that offer climbers a real challenge whilst offering some fantastic summit views. The mountains are a key location for hikers and climbers with most of the key challenging walks being directed through this location.

The Drymen and Balmaha

The Drymen and Balmaha is the area to the East of Loch Lomond and offers fantastic roaming countryside, lovely bays and scattered islands within Loch Lomond. The area offers nature lovers a real chance to see the Scottish highlands in their full glory. The largest town in this area is Drymen which is located to the East of Loch Lomond and Balmaha is to the west. To the North is Rowardennan which offers walkers the chance to view the foot of Ben Lomond in all its glory and even if you’re not to keen on walking up this mountain walkers still get the opportunity to view what is the most popular mountain in Scotland.

The Strathyre and Lochearnhead

The Strathyre and Lochearnhead region is simply fantastic and offer the most challenging walking, hiking and climbing opportunities within the National Park. The Loch’s, Mountain and glens are much grander in this location. Strathyre is located in the Northern End of Loch Lubnaig and is a fantastic area for day-walkers and hill walks. Further to the North, the countryside heads into the Highland and the Perthshire section.

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