Head to the Bo'ness and Kinneil Railway near Falkirk for a chance to see the North British Railway 0-6-0 No. 673 'Maude', a locomotive designed to pull carriages of rail freight using steam power. Explore this and more in the Scotland's History in 25 Objects eBook
Stretching across central Scotland from east to west, the landscapes of Loch Lomond, The Trossachs, Stirling & Forth Valley are wonderfully diverse. With towns and villages scattered across coast, country, mountains and glens, and the historic city of Stirling thrown in for good measure, it's no wonder that there are a host of things to do and places to explore in the area.
Something in the water
Sandwiched between the Firth of Forth and the Firth of Clyde, the area is woven together by rivers, canals and lochs, meaning that there are plenty of water-based activities to enjoy and lush scenery to take in. Cross Loch Lomond by speedboat, discover the shipbuilding history of West Dunbartonshire, cycle alongside the Union Canal, and you'll see what we mean.
Romans, Rob Roy and royalty
The area is not just steeped in legend, folklore and history - it's alive with it. Walk the same paths as the outlaw Rob Roy did 300 years ago on the Rob Roy Way, stop by Stirling Castle to see the Royal Apartments, once home to Renaissance kings and queens, and see what remains of Rome's northern-most frontier in north west Europe - the Antonine Wall in and around Falkirk.
And that's just the tip of the iceberg.
Not your average park
Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park is quite a big deal. Here's why:
- 220 miles of mountains, glens, woodlands and lochs
- 2 forest parks: Argyll and Queen Elizabeth
- Home to 25 percent of the UK's threatened bird, animal and plant species, including red squirrels, golden eagles, otters and more.
- 40 summits above 2,500 feet
- 21 Munros
Take a walk in the National Park to see for yourself!