Information about The Trossachs & The National Park

 

 

 

Callander is situated in the Trossachs which is part of Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park. Which Is an area of outstanding natural beauty.

Callander Is the largest Settlement within the park and is also home to McLaren High School which is the largest school within the national park and has students from every corner of the Trossachs.

 Here is a list of the Lochs & Waters of  Loch Lomond & Trossachs.






Loch Acray



Loch Acray is a beautiful piece of water in the heart of the Trossachs, it lies between Callander and Aberfoyle on the B821. This is a conservation area for both the water and the red squirrels that can be found in this are Brig o'Turk ais the village nearest to the loch and Trossachs Church on the shores of Achray is probably one of the prettiest churches in Scotland. There is also a car park at the foot of Ben Aan, a small but spectacular little mountain offering walks and views over both Loch Achray and Loch Katrine.






Arklet



Loch Arklet is a small loch lying between Loch Katrine to the East and Loch Lomond to the West. To get there you must take the Inversnaid road from Aberfoyle, a number of  miles after Kinlochard you will come to a T junction, turn left for Inversnaid. Loch Arklet is the Loch on your left. There is a picturesque walk along the river from Loch Arklet to Loch Lomond (steep in places). From Inversnaid go to the south of the hotel and you will see a waterfall (on the West Highland Way). This is spectacular when in spate. After the footbridge there is a path leading to viewpoints between here and the Dam at  Loch Arklet 






Ard



Loch Ard is situated about 1 mile east of Aberfoyle. It is in three parts with the most westerly and biggest being headed by the village of Kinlochard. The Loch lies in the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park and as you would expect there are many walks and tracks to choose from. A popular park and walk or cycling point is at Milton (a few houses at the east of the loch). From Aberfoyle take the Inversnaid road. In one mile there is a turning to the left which then goes over a bridge. After this turn right and then left at the forestry fork. If the first car park is full there are others further up the forest track.






Chon



Loch Chon lies between Kinlochard and Inversnaid on the Aberfoyle Inversnaid road, this is an ideal picnic spot on a sunny day. It is also an easy loch to park at for walking, cycling, or canoeing. There are numerous tracks leading round the loch some are current forest tracks but there are also some remnants of older tracks which are quite interesting to follow.





Doine



Loch Doine is a small loch lying to the west of Loch Voil. Like Loch Voil it is reached by a single track road which runs up to Inver Larig to the west of Balquhidder. There are many stopping places along the road to Loch Doine and there are tracks leading up into hills at the road end with ample parking. Please note however that the mountains in this area are for the well equipped and experienced only. Having said that however there are some beautiful low level walks, often amongst highland cattle. Beware of getting between a cow and its calf, otherwise you should experience no problems. Inverlarig Farm is a busy working farm, leave all gates as you find them and follow the usual country codes.





Drunkie



Loch Drunkie is a beautiful wee bit of water in the forest between Aberfoyle and Loch Achray. Forest Enterprise have made it an easy place to visit by putting in and maintaining a three loch forest drive from the top of Dukes Pass to Loch Achray. There may be a small fee to pay currently £2 and the drive is only open in the summer. However it is popular with walkers and cyclists all the year round. There is ample parking at both ends of the drive.





Earn

 

Loch Earn is just in the North end of the park and is a large loch with water borne facilities. There is a main road on its northern shore running from Lochearnhead to St Fillians and a minor but lovely road on its southern shore. The south Loch Earn road also allows easy access to walks in Glen Ample or Hill walking on Ben Venue and Stuc a' Chroin





Goil



Loch Goil is on of the Lomond Park sea lochs. It is in fact an arm of Loch Long.Lochgoilhead at the head of the loch has been a popular destination for generations particularly when there were frequent paddle steamer visits from the reaches of the Clyde. Loch Goil is also a great sea fishing loch.
 




Katrine

 

Loch Katrine is situated in the heart of the Trossachs. The famous steam ship Sir Walter Scott has been taking tourists around Loch Katrine for more than 100 years. The steamship company also run a smaller 28 seater which provides a shorter 45 minute cruises around the islands at the east end of the loch. There is a substantial visitors centre at the east end with restaurant and even bike hire. This is a popular place for walking and cycling with splendid scenery.
 








Lomond

 
Loch Lomond is a very long and beautiful loch which extends north fromBalloch(near the river clyde) to Ardlui . It is the UK's longest fresh water loch at 24 miles. It is five miles wide at its widest point and about 600 feet deep at the deepest point. The loch has a total of 38 islands not all are inhabited. Inchmurrin is the biggest and has an hotel. Balloch  at the south of the loch has the Lomond Shores Visitor Centre.


 








Long

 

Loch Long is a large sea loch which extends from the Clyde to Arrochar at its head. Arrochar  is a popular stop off point for climbers who climb the "Arrochar Alps". The most famous of those is Ben Arthur or the cobbler as is more commonly known. Loch long has a many attractions for those who want to sea fish in generally sheltered conditions.


 








Lubnaig

 

Loch Lubnaig in the east side of the park lies between Callander  and Strathyre. This is a popular camping and fishing loch. There is a cycle track on the south of the loch which cyclists and walkers alike enjoy.
 








Menteith

 
The Lake of Menteith is a well stocked important fishing area in the east park. there is plenty of accommodation in the vicinity. In the summer months a regular small ferry service takes visitors to the island of Inchmahome to view the ruins of the priory.


 








Tay

 

Loch Tay lies on the north eastern fringes of the Park. The village of Killin is the main park village. There are many reasons to visit this area including water sports, fishing, climbing, cycling and if your interested in history, then this is a prime area to visit. The spectacular Fall of Dochart in the centre of Killin are very worthwhile a visit particularly after a period of heavy rain.
 








Venacher

 

Loch Venachar, at the heart of the Trossachs is easily accessible from Callander. This loch is not as beautiful as its closest counterparts loch Achray and loch Katrine, however it is a popular spot for water sports. There is an excellent sailing club on the shores of the loch.
 








Voil

 
Loch Voil lies to the west of Balquhidder . This is a particularly beautiful loch with the small loch Doine at the western end. This loch is popular with fishermen but unfortunately there is often litter and cans left behind. There are many mountain walks in this area and it is weel worth the visit.


 

Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park was designated under the National Parks (Scotland) Act 2000. The Park became fully operational on 19 July 2002.

The four aims of  the National Park are:
  • To conserve and enhance the natural and cultural heritage;
  • To promote the sustainable use of the natural resources of the area;
  • To promote understanding and enjoyment (including enjoyment in the form of recreation) of the special qualities of the area by the public; and
  • To promote sustainable social and economic development of the communities of the area.

 

The Trossachs are the gateway to the highlands of Scotland and no visit would be complete without exploring this area of Beauty and history

The Rob Roy Way is named after the villain Rob Roy MacGregor, a man forced into thievery who also looked after the poor. You have seen the film, perhaps read a book about him now you can walk through the countryside of his birth, life and death.

The Rob Roy Way is a relatively new path and is not way-marked so you do have to have the ability to read a map and of course to follow directions. The path starts at Drymen and is about 79 miles long, passing through much of the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park on the east side then the north eastern village of Killin where it leaves the park and passes through the equally breath taking scenery of Loch Tay and eventually ends at the Town of Pitlochery on the Southern edge of the Cairngorm National Park. Unlike the longer West Highland Way this route is on the whole much easier and therefore perfect for those who love walking through wild scenic countryside but who also like to end each day in civilised surroundings.