Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park

Loch Lomond with Ben Lomond in the background
Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park UK relief location map

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.

Understand

The Park is located north-west of Glasgow with train access at Balloch, Arrochar/Tarbet, Ardlui and Crainlarich. It is divided into four distinct areas:

Visitor Centers

There are three national park visitor centers:

Communities

The following communities are within the National Park boundaries:

Aberfoyle, Ardlui, Arrochar, Balloch, Balquhidder, Callander, Crianlarich, Drymen, Inversnaid, Kinlochard, Lochearnhead, Lochgoilhead, Luss, Kilmun, Port of Menteith, Rowardennan, Stronaclachar, Tarbet, Tyndrum

History

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.

Landscape

The National Park encompasses around 720 sq miles (1,865 km2) of land including the Loch Lomond area as well as The Trossachs region.

Get in

By train

Another loch in the Trossachs

By bus

By car

Fees/Permits

No permit is required to enter the park or explore on foot, by bicycle or by road. Permits may be required for fishing, or some boat use.

Get around

By bus

The National Park Authority publishes a timetable of all the buses and ferries which may be available as a booklet locally.

By car

If you're driving, mind that the road along the northern part of Loch Lomond is pretty narrow for the traffic it has.

By boat

Sightseeing trips by boat on Loch Lomond run from Loch Lomond Shores near Balloch.

There is also a useful passenger ferry between Inverbeg (served by Citylink buses) and Rowardennan (at the foot of Ben Lomond mountain).

The steamship SS Sir Walter Scott offers cruises on Loch Katrine in the Trossachs. There are connecting buses from Callander and Stirling for some services.

See

Inchmahome Priory
Glen Ogle Viaduct

Do

Sleep

Camping

Unusually for Scotland, wild camping is banned on the Southeast side of Loch Lomond. This affects the area near the road from Drymen to Balmaha, and these bylaws were introduced following excessive litter and noise in these areas . Wild camping is permitted in other areas of the park.

Budget

Mid-range

Splurge

Go next

The following communities are located nearby:

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