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  • The Steamship Sir Walter Scott sets off from Trossachs Pier on Loch Katrine, the Trossachs
    The Steamship Sir Walter Scott sets off from Trossachs Pier on Loch Katrine, the Trossachs

Take advantage of the region's great public transport around Loch Lomond, The Trossachs, Stirling & Forth Valley or follow a tourist route by car.

By car

A good network of major and minor roads makes Loch Lomond, The Trossachs & The Forth Valley highly accessible by car. Enjoy a scenic country drive or head direct to your destination.

Scotland's National Tourist Routes are a great way to appreciate the scenery and offer travelling visitors an alternative to the main trunk roads and motorways. The Forth Valley Tourist Route from Edinburgh to Stirling takes in 40 miles (64 km) of wonderful landscapes to admire and attractions to visit including the Ochil Hills, the Wallace Monument and Stirling Castle.

Visit to plan your journey around the Stirling area, either by car or by public transport.

By rail

You will find connecting services to other parts of Loch Lomond, The Trossachs & The Forth Valley from the main stations.

There is a good rail network in the region with stations at Balloch, Helensburgh and Dumbarton, all served from Glasgow. Arrochar, Crianlarich and Tyndrum are served by the Glasgow to Oban line.

Stirling railway station is located right in the centre of the city, serving the towns and villages across the Forth Valley.

Falkirk is particularly well served from Edinburgh and Glasgow, as it lies on the fast service between the cities, with departures every 15 minutes during the day.

Clackmannanshire is also well connected, with direct services from Glasgow and Stirling to Alloa railway station.

By bus

Local bus services are excellent. It is worth checking timetables in advance, especially if you want to travel to more remote communities.

Stirling and Falkirk offer local bus services to major towns as well as some of the minor villages of the Forth Valley.

By boat

Water bus services are available on Loch Lomond, linking west, east and south shores from Balmaha to Luss and Balloch and Tarbet to Inversnaid and Rowardennan. Look out for timetables in local accommodation and visitor centres.

By bike

Route 76 of the National Cycle Network runs from the Edinburgh area through Falkirk, Stirling and Alloa before continuing around to Fife. Use the route as a great scenic way of exploring the region, with some sections largely traffic-free.

The West Lomond Cycle Path is 17 miles from Balloch to Tarbet - both have train stations so you can easily reach the start.

Loch Lomond, The Trossachs, Stirling & Forth Valley

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