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.
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.
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