THE TROSSACHS NATIONAL PARK
The mountains of Loch Lomond are a popular tourist destination for those who love the outdoors. The area is home to many kinds of wildlife and the scenery is absolutely breathtaking. There are plenty of hiking and biking trails in the area and the loch itself is a beautiful place to kayak, canoe or paddle board.
The different kinds of wildlife that can be found in the Loch Lomond mountains
The Loch Lomond mountains are home to a variety of different wildlife, including red deer, roe deer, foxes, badgers, rabbits, and hares. There are also many different kinds of birds in the area, such as grouse, pheasants, partridges, and blackbirds. In addition to the wildlife, the Loch Lomond mountains are also home to a variety of different plants, including heather, bilberries, and gorse.
The different hiking and biking trails in the area
The Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park is home to a variety of different hiking and biking trails. There are trails for all levels of ability, so everyone can enjoy the beauty of the area. Some of the more popular trails include the West Highland Way, the Rob Roy Way, and the Three Lochs Way.
Walking the Rob Roy Way
The Rob Roy Way is a popular hiking and biking trail in the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. The trail is named after the famous Scottish outlaw, Rob Roy MacGregor. The trail starts in Drymen and goes all the way to Pitlochry, passing through some of the most beautiful scenery in Scotland. The trail is approximately 127 km (79mi) long if taking the direct route or 154 km (96mi) when adding an optional route to take in more places and takes about a week to complete.
Walking the Three Lochs Way
The Three Lochs Way is a popular hiking and biking trail in the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. The trail goes through some of the most beautiful scenery in Scotland, starting at Balloch, passing through Helensburgh, Garelochhead and Arrochar and ending at Inveruglas. This trail is 50km (31mi) and will take about 2 to 3 days to complete depending on fitness.
Walking the West Highland Way
The West Highland Way is a popular hiking and biking trail in the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. The trail starts in Milngavie and goes all the way to Fort William, passing through some of the most beautiful scenery in Scotland. The trail is approximately 154 km (96mi) long, and takes about a week to complete. It is a good idea to add an extra day to your trip to either relax, sight see, climb a mountain or to allow for injuries, blisters etc. Some people do solo trips, others in a group and some will hire a guide to take them all the way. Why not have a look at all inclusive guided walking tours?
Kayaking, canoeing or paddle boarding in Loch Lomond
Kayaking, canoeing and paddle boarding are popular activities in the Loch Lomond area. The loch itself is a beautiful place to paddle, and there are many different routes that you can take. Paddle boarding has become very popular and there are places around Loch Lomond where you can hire them. Luss in particular is a very popular place to paddle board, canoe and kayak.
Camping laws in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park
Camping by-laws have been in place in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park area since 2011. This was put in place to protect our loch shores. Unfortunately our beautiful lochs were being destroyed by uncontrolled camp fires, litter left strewn behind and in some cases vandalism. You can still wild camp in some areas but will need a permit which you can buy online. And there are plenty of campsites in the National Park.
All campers must follow the Leave No Trace principles
1 Plan ahead and prepare.
2 Be considerate of others
3 Respect farm animals and wildlife
4 Travel and camp on durable ground
5 Leave what you find
6 Dispose of waste properly
7 Minimise the effects of fire
Comprehensive camping checklist for Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park
-Flashlight or lantern
-Camping stove and fuel
-Cooking pot and utensils
-Food and drinks
-Cooler or ice box
-First aid kit
-Sunscreen and insect repellent
-Hiking boots or shoes
-Clothes for all weather conditions
-Map and compass
The scenery in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park is absolutely breathtaking. Check out our gallery for lots of pictures of Scotland including Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. The area is home to a variety of different landscapes, including mountains, forests, lochs and rivers. There are also a number of different towns and villages located within the park boundaries, so you can explore all that the National Park has to offer.