The huge Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park is brimming with beautiful natural scenery and exciting things to do.
The Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park boasts 22 lochs, including Scotland’s only lake, the Lake of Menteith. The lake is a great spot for fishing rainbow trout, while smaller lochs like Loch Lomond and Loch Katrine offer cruises and boat trips. The SS Sir Walter Scott is a 100-year-old steam ship that takes visitors on a cruise around Loch Katrine, with knowledgeable crew narrating the tales and legends of the steamer.
Loch Lomond and Loch Earn are popular destinations for water sports like kayaking, waterskiing, surfing, speed boating and more. More tranquil lochs such as Loch Venachar offer sailing in the middle of the picturesque Achray Forest. If you don’t fancy hitting the water yourself, Loch Venachar Sailing Club hosts regular swimming and sailing events that are fun to watch from the shore.
The spectacular scenery of the Highland Boundary Fault makes hill walking and hiking the National Park truly unforgettable. The views over Scotland are breathtaking, while surrounding forests, farmland, rivers and lochs ensure you won’t miss unique wildlife, plants and fish. Munros are Scottish mountains reaching higher than 3000ft and Loch Lomond and the Trossachs is home to 21 Munros alone!
The national Park is full of great hiking and hill walking spots, including:
- Arrochar Alps – moderate to challenging walks
- Ben Arthur, ‘The Cobbler’ – good for climbs
- The West Highland Way – a 96-mile long-distance walking trail
- Ben Lomond – a 974m-high mountain with stunning views of Loch Lomon
Remember to wear appropriate footwear and walking gear, take a decent map, some waterproofs, a picnic and a camera to capture all that beautiful scenery!
Throughout Loch Lomond and the Trossachs there are many sites of historical importance which are ideal for family excursions or days out.
Located on an island in the Lake of Menteith, Inchmahome Priory was founded in 1238 by the Earl of Menteith for a small community of the Augustinian order. Much of the 13th century building remains and the ruins are well-preserved by Historic Scotland. The island and priory can be accessed by boat from the Port of Menteith from March to September.
Dumbarton Castle overlooks the quaint town of Dumbarton and sits on an elevated volcanic plug known as Dumbarton Rock, sitting above the River Clyde and Clyde Estuary. The castle is thought to date back to well before early Medieval times and was considered to be the home of the king of Dumbarton in around AD 570. Most of the existing structure was built in the 18th century, including the Governor’s House. The castle is open daily during the summer. Keep in mind, visitors have to climb 557 steps to the top!
Take the whole family to either Go Ape Aberfoyle or TreeZone at Loch Lomond Shores. Go Ape and TreeZone are aerial adventure play areas with ziplines, cargo nets, wooden ladders, rope bridges and more – lots of climbing, jumping and scurrying across bridges!
Loch Lomond Sea Life Aquarium features seven themed zones with over 1,500 underwater creatures, including Scotland’s only Giant Green Sea Turtle and the largest collection of sharks in the country. There’s fun talks, special events, regular live animal feeds and a quiz trail to keep the entire family entertained!
Loch Lomond Bird of Prey Centre is situated in woodland on the banks of Loch Lomond. It’s a sanctuary with over 35 owls and birds of prey. Come meet the majestic birds of prey, watch them having a bath, feeding, or learn more about the conservation work at the centre. The centre offers a great learning experience for kids and adults alike.
DoubleTree by Hilton Dunblane Hydro
The hotel is a 25-minute drive from the start of the National Park, making it the perfect choice for a weekend away. If you're a hiking enthusiast, like to get out and about on your bike, or are looking for fun outdoor adventures for you and your little ones, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs in the ideal day out.