Loch Lomond & the Trossachs: No More Driving Past

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Scotland is probably my favourite place on Earth. I’ve been to the Isle of Skye, Torridon, Applecross, the Isle of Arran, Glencoe… and in every instance of these visits I’ve drove through Loch Lomond and the Trossachs to get to them.

But no more.

This week the Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park gets my full attention, and I’m very excited to discover what’s on offer.

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Cumbria to Loch Lomond & the Trossachs

A journey of 168 miles, 3 hours.

This National Park was Scotland’s first, established in 2002. It features 21 Munros (a Scottish mountain over 3,000ft), the highest of which is Ben More (from Scottish Gaelic A’ Bheinn Mhòr, meaning “the great mountain”). South of Ben More there is no higher land in the British Isles. There are also 22 large lochs—with numerous smaller ones—the largest of which is Loch Lomond, the largest loch/lake in Great Britain by surface area (but not in the United Kingdom).

And if that’s not enough, the National Park also boasts two forest parks (Queen Elizabeth, and Argyll), two National Nature Reserves, 11 major waterfalls, and 57 special nature conservation sites.

Truly, it seems that the Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park is an area filled with nature’s bounties.

Below, I’ve included some highlights of the National Park I’m looking forward to exploring.

“Hikers near Ben A'an summit” by Pampuco, licensed CC BY-SA 4.0.

“Hikers near Ben A'an summit” by Pampuco, licensed CC BY-SA 4.0.

“Devils Pulpit 5” by G_Mcfadden, licensed CC BY-NC 2.0.

“Devils Pulpit 5” by G_Mcfadden, licensed CC BY-NC 2.0.

“The Cobbler / Ben Arthur” by Dr. Nils Wiese, licensed CC BY-NC 2.0.

“The Cobbler / Ben Arthur” by Dr. Nils Wiese, licensed CC BY-NC 2.0.

“Falls of Falloch” by August Schwerdfeger, licensed CC BY 4.0.

“Falls of Falloch” by August Schwerdfeger, licensed CC BY 4.0.