Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park is easily accessible by all means of transport. We would love it if you could come to the National Park by public transport. Make your journey here part of your holiday and take in the views rather than focusing on the car in front.
Like all the national parks in the UK, entry to Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park is free.
From the south/east – take the M74/M8 past Glasgow, then change to the M898 to the Erskine Bridge, then take the A82 into the National Park.
There are two key train lines that provide access to the National Park.
Glasgow – Balloch: ScotRail operate a direct line from Glasgow Queen Street and the journeys takes ~50 minutes and run approximately every 30min; from the station it is a short walk to catch a cruise on the loch or wander through Balloch Castle Park
Train access from the south is via Virgin Trains into Glasgow, from stations including London (every 40 minutes, taking ~4½ hours), Birmingham (just over 4 hours) and Manchester (just over 3 hours).
View from the Train – Scottish Natural Heritage has a free iPhone & Google Play (Android) app that provides an audio guide to a number of scenic train routes in Scotland including the route through the Park.
There are two Citylink bus routes that cross the National Park:
one of them going to Fort William/Skye from Glasgow has stops at Balloch, Duck Bay Beach, Luss, Inverbeg, Tarbet, Inveruglas, Ardlui, Inverarnan, Crianlarich and Tyndrum
Glasgow Airport connects Scotland to the rest of the world, with direct flights to and from destinations across the globe
Getting to Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park from the airport is pretty easy. All the major car rental brands are at the airport (near domestic arrivals). Once you have your car, getting to the National Park is simple. Follow the M8 west and then the M898 to the Erskine Bridge. Change to the A82 which will take you to Balloch, the gateway to the Park and the west of Loch Lomond
Likewise Edinburgh Airport has numerous international connections. The airport has a car rental centre with all the key hire brands. To get to Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park by public transport will require you to head to Glasgow first and change there
Gourock – Dunoon with Western Ferries: regular ferries across to the Cowal Peninsula providing access to Argyll Forest. See timetable for 2018-19 here
Gourock – Kilcreggan with SPT (Strathclyde Partnership for Transport); 15 minute crossing running approximately hourly, providing access to the Rosneath Peninsula and the National Park beyond. See timetable & prices here
The closest international ferry access for Scotland and the UK are at Stranraer (from Belfast), Newcastle (Holland), Hull (Belgium and Holland) and Liverpool (Dublin).