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The Trossachs National Park

The Trossachs and Loch Lomond National Park is known for its beautiful lochs, flora and fauna, woodland parks and beaches.

TravelCurious Tip

During the summer, the park can be busy. Try to time your visit to avoid the weekends — the park’s tranquility is best enjoyed without a crowd

About 100km northwest of Edinburgh, The Trossachs National Park is unrivalled for its scenery, walking and wildlife. The park is centred on Loch Lomond, the largest freshwater expanse in mainland Britain, and has a boundary of some 350km, encircling no less than 21 Munros. It is a place for superlatives.


The park is close to the hearts of the Scottish people. It is famously Rob Roy country, where the nation’s favourite outlaw hid from his pursuers in the thick forests. The Scottish writer Sir Walter Scott was also inspired by Loch Katrine to write his poem ‘The Lady of the Lake’, the romantic words of which have drawn thousands of visitors to the park. To this day you can still cruise on the steamship SS Sir Walter Scott.


A walk on the wild side

While the stunning landscapes of mountains, glens and mythic lochs can be enjoyed at a more leisurely pace, the park offers excellent trails for serious hikers. Scotland’s famed long-distance footpath, the West Highland Way, runs through the heart of the park and is a real challenge. The mountains of Ben Lomond and The Cobbler in the Arrochar Alps are also popular and offer some marvellous views from their summits.


Animal spirits

Take a moment to stop and stare: the Trossachs National Park is heaven for ornithologists. Common sights include golden eagles and peregrine falcons. Mating pairs of ospreys also make their homes in the park every spring, before spending the summer months in Scotland — you can often see them hunting over the lochs. The park is also the last remaining breeding ground of the rare Capercaillie, the world’s largest grouse species.

Nearby Attractions

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Stirling Castle
Looming grandly from the crag of Castle Hill, Stirling Castle is one of the Scotland's most important and impressive castles.
Wallace Monument
This Victorian Gothic tower commemorates William Wallace, the 13th-century hero who fought for Scottish independence.
Loch Katrine
A picturesque loch set in the centre of Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, fictionalised in Sir Walter Scott's 'The Lady of the Lake.'
Queen Elizabeth Forest Park
Escape to a wild Scottish landscape of mountains, moorlands, forests, rivers and lochs.
Loch Lomond
Situated in the heart of the Trossachs National Park, Loch Lomond is one of Scotland's fresh water lochs and is dotted with tiny islands.
Culross
Culross is a village and former royal burgh, and parish, in Fife, and one of Scotland's most picturesque villages, often used as a film and television location.

Related Tours

Private Excursion to the Highlands
This full-day excursion will take you away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre, to the medieval city of Stirling and natural beauty of the Trossachs and Loch Lomond National Park.

  • Enjoy a scenic drive to the medieval city of Stirling 
  • Visit the magnificent Stirling Castle, which overlooks the city of Sterling
  • Learn about  the key moments of Scotland's long and bloody history, as well as renown characters including Mary Queen of Scots and William Wallace 
  • Stop for a traditional Scottish lunch at Stirling (not included in price) 
  • Snap pictures of Scotland's finest natural beauties, the Trossachs and Loch Lomond National Park
  • Take a stroll near Loch Katrine, which inspired many great literary figures 
  • Stroll through Aberfoyle, an impressive forest park with stunning waterfalls
  • Enjoy a drive back to Edinburgh 
Stirling - the Spirit of Scotland

Leaving Edinburgh, your tour will begin with a scenic drive to the medieval city of Stirling, where you will be visiting the magnificent Stirling Castle. Overlooking the ancient city of Stirling, the castle is one of the most iconic historic buildings of Scotland and has come to symbolize the spirit of this great nation.

During your visit to the castle you will learn about the key moments of Scotland’s long, violent and bloody history. You will hear stories of the fascinating characters who called Stirling Castle their home, including of Mary Queen of Scots, William Wallace, Robert the Bruce, and Bonnie Prince Charlie. You will also have the chance of exploring picturesque Stirling town, where you will have the pleasure of sampling some traditional Scottish fare.

The Scottish Highlands in Miniature

You will then proceed towards one of the most scenic areas in Scotland, the Trossachs and Loch Lomond National Park, also known as ‘the Scottish Highlands in Miniature’, for it offers such a splendid view over myriad gorgeous lochs, untamed mountains and wonderful forests. You will be making several stops at various scenic locations, to ensure that you get to enjoy the absolute best of the beautiful Trossachs. 

You will have the pleasure of taking a stroll near Loch Katrine, one of the most beautiful in all of Scotland. Set in the centre of Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, Loch Katrine is said to of inspired great literary figures, including Sir Walter Scott who wrote his famed poem Lady of the Lake in 1810 after visiting Loch Katrine. One last treat will be a stop at Aberfoyle where you will explore the impressive forest park, complete with stunning waterfall and scenic views over the famous Scottish highlands. 
Private Day Trip from Edinburgh to Loch Ness, Glencoe & The Highlands
Enjoy a private, guided journey through the stunning Scottish Highlands through two national parks - with the chance to spot the Loch Ness monster for yourself!

  • Depart Edinburgh to enjoy a full-day immerse tour in the scenic Scottish Highlands
  • See wooded glens, rugged peaks, thistle-clad braes, tranquil lochs and valleys
  • Marvel at the unique Highlands culture and ancient rural folk heritage 
  • Enjoy the serenity and mystery of Scotland’s vast landscape including, Glencoe, the Trossachs, Loch Lomond, and the Cairngorms. 
  • See historic Scottish towns and cities including Stirling, Fort William, and Inverness.
  • Scour mysterious Loch Ness’s surface for its famous cryptozoological resident, Nessie.
On your private Scottish Highlands tour, the first stop is the old town of Stirling, a history-rich city built on volcanic rock with medieval Stirling Castle at its heart. The 1297 Battle of Stirling Bridge, where William Wallace defeated the English, is a notable site in the legacy of the First War of Scottish Independence. Lying to the east of the peaks of Ben Lomond, the Trossachs is a beguiling mix of wild wooded glens and thistle-clad braes on the shores of Loch Lomond, Great Britain’s largest freshwater expanse and home to 30 islets. Forming the gateway to the Highlands, Loch Lomond leads you northwest to the steep-sided Glencoe Valley, where gushing streams and cascading waterfalls are looped by a riddle of mountain trails. Scan the horizon here on your private Scottish Highlands tour for a rare glimpse of Scotland’s magnificent golden eagle. 

On to Fort William on the lake-lapped shores of Loch Linnhe in the shadows of Ben Nevis, the UK’s highest peak. Surrounded by the curvaceous terrain of the Glen Nevis valley, home to the dramatic 120-metre Steall Falls, breathtaking views abound of dark green forests and wildflower-scattered trails. Nearby, leafy walks hug the banks of the River Ness, a pleasing prelude to the myth-rich waters of magnificent Loch Ness and its famous cryptozoological resident. On your return to Edinburgh, journey through the northern city of Inverness and down through the sharp and winding mountains and forests of the Cairngorm Forest. 
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