A fine meal by the water's edge, with snow-capped mountains in the distance and the promise of a long walk in the woods tomorrow. In Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, you'll find wild scenery, thrilling history and superb local food and drink - all of which is easy to get to.
Sit yourself down on the bonnie, bonnie banks
At the heart of the park is Loch Lomond itself. You won't find a bigger loch or lake in the whole of Britain and you'll have a hard time finding a more beautiful one, too.
Take a cruise on the waters and admire the mighty bulk of Ben Lomond, Scotland's most southerly Munro, as well as the jagged shoulders of the Arrochar Alps. You could maybe even visit one of the loch's 30 islands. You might get a surprise when you pass Inchconnachan - those aren't giant squirrels you can see, but wallabies! The island has had a colony of the Antipodean creatures happily hopping there since the 1940s.
At the southern end of the water is Loch Lomond Shores, surely one of the most beautifully situated shopping destinations in Britain. You can browse famous Scottish brands, and pick up some fine local fare. Stop for a drink and decide what to do next - there's much more to the National Park than the loch!
Activities & Days Out in Loch Lomond
If you agree that there is nothing more pleasant than an afternoon on the water in a boat (or perhaps a kayak, canoe, jetski, cruiser - or even wind surfing) then Loch Lomond is the place for you. Every kind of watercraft and waterlover can be seen cruising about the waters. Keen anglers are in luck - there's plenty going on below the surface as well, as any fisherman will tell you.
Scotland's first National Park is packed with interesting corners for you to explore. Walk from the wide-open lush landscapes of the southern section to the sprawling glens and rocky peaks in the north and you'll see why geologists love this place so much. The fault line that divides the Highlands from the Lowlands runs right across the park, making this an endlessly varied part of the world - a rugged hill there, a wooded nook here.
Keen to pay the area a visit? Then why not find out more about Loch Lomond?
What exactly are the Trossachs?
It's okay to ask - 'Trossachs' is a unique word, for a unique place. It refers to the romantic area of sparkling lochs, crumpled hills, sleepy forests and welcoming villages east of Loch Lomond and west of Stirling. You might hear it called 'The Highlands in miniature' and that's a good description.
Sir Walter Scott later visited the area's wild little glens and was so enthralled that he wrote his epic poem The Lady of the Lake (1810) about a girl who lived here. This work was a phenomenon - it became the first international bestseller. The Trossachs became a haven for those seeking romantic beauty with Wordsworth, Coleridge and many famous artists also visiting the area.
The Steamship Sir Walter Scott is a world famous vessel that has captivated visitors across Loch Katrine, within the National Park, for almost a century, bringing you adventure, relaxation and history all in one unforgettable experience.