Loch Lomond, The Trossachs, Stirling & Forth Valley
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Loch Lomond, The Trossachs, Stirling & Forth Valley

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!

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Towns & Villages
Aberfoyle is a charming village on the banks of the River Forth in the magnificent Queen Elizabeth Forest Park.


Towns & Villages
Balloch is an enchanting village on the south-west shores of Loch Lomond and easily accessible from Glasgow.


Towns & Villages
Callander is a bustling tourist town situated on the River Teith, near Stirling, and is often described as the gateway to the Highlands.


Towns & Villages
Doune is a quiet historic village situated eight miles north west of Stirling on the River of Teith.


Towns & Villages
Dumbarton is a town on the River Clyde, west of Glasgow where you will find Dumbarton Castle.


Towns & Villages
Dunblane is a small, attractive town which has been an important centre since the 7th century.


Towns & Villages
Falkirk is a town in Scotland's central belt, located between Edinburgh and Glasgow in the Forth Valley.


Towns & Villages
A handsome Victorian holiday resort on the River Clyde, west of Glasgow.


Towns & Villages
Killin is a small village at the Falls of Dochart, a spectacular series of rapids, at the western end of Loch Tay.


Explore the beautiful historic city of Stirling in the heart of Scotland’s bustling central belt and learn about Scotland’s rich heritage.

Thornhill Village

Towns & Villages
Thornhill is a historic village in central Scotland.


Towns & Villages
Tillicoultry is a small village situated in the foothills of the Ochils, some 5 miles west of Stirling between Alva and Dollar.

Aberfoyle iCentre

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Aberfoyle iCentre is centrally located in Main Street and can offer inspiration and advice to help you make the most of your time in this beautiful part of Scotland.

Balloch iCentre

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Balloch iCentre is located in the beautiful red sandstone Old Station Building in the centre of Balloch, directly opposite Balloch Central train station.

Stirling iCentre

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VisitScotland Stirling iCentre is open all year round 7 days a week. It is situated in the historic Old Town area of the city in the grounds of the former Old Town Jail, close to Stirling Castle.

Travel in Loch Lomond, The Trossachs, Stirling & Forth Valley

Getting here

The region is located in central Scotland and is very easy to reach, thanks to a well-connected public transport system, good road network and its closeness to the airports in Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Stirling is a transport hub and is easy to reach by coach, bus and rail - perfect for onward travel through the region.

Falkirk is only 25 miles from Edinburgh and Glasgow via the M80/A80 and has excellent public transport options.

West Dunbartonshire is just north of Glasgow, and its towns and villages are served by regular public transport and main roads from the city. The south of the area is a mere 10 miles from Glasgow Airport!

Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park has a great public transport system - there's even an on demand bus service for remote locations. Amazingly, Loch Lomond is only around 30 miles from Glasgow.

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Getting around

The rail and road network, waterways and cycle paths keep Loch Lomond, The Trossachs & Forth Valley moving. Did you know that you can travel across Loch Lomond by water bus?

Look out for travel operators that can carry bikes - you could even cycle one way and take your bike on a bus, train or ferry the other. Here's just a taste of the cycle routes in the area:

While exploring the city of Stirling, make sure you use the hop-on hop-off bus, connecting all of the cities must-see attractions.

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