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Getting to the Park

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.

By airplane

  • 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
  • There is a direct bus (Citylink 915 to Skye & Fort William, leaving from Stance 9) takes you directly to Duck Bay and Luss Village on Loch Lomond’s western shore in just over 30 minutes
  • 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
  • Seaplane – Loch Lomond is home to the UK’s only seaplane airline and it provides aerial tours across the National Park and beyond

By train

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 journey takes ~50 minutes and run approximately two every hour; from the station it is a short walk to catch a cruise on the loch or wander through Balloch Castle Park
  • Glasgow – Oban/Fort William: ScotRail’s West Highlands route is considered one of the most scenic in the country and provides stops in and close to the National Park (Helensburgh, Garelochhead, Arrochar & Tarbet, Ardlui, Crianlarich and Tyndrum); jump off at Tarbet and Ardlui to connect with Waterbus services across to Loch Lomond’s eastern shores and the West Highland Way, Ben Lomond and Balmaha
  • 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 app that provides an audio guide to a number of scenic train routes in Scotland including the route through the Park. Just search View from the Train in the app store

By ferry

  • Gourock – Dunoon with Western Ferries: regular ferries across to the Cowal Peninsula providing access to Argyll Forest
  • 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
  • The closest international ferry access for Scotland and the UK are at Stranraer (from Belfast), Newcastle (Holland), Hull (Belgium and Holland) and Liverpool (Dublin)

By car

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.

Drive times to Balloch:

  • Glasgow 35 minutes
  • Edinburgh 90 minutes
  • Manchester 4 hours
  • Newcastle upon Tyne 3 hours 20 minutes
  • Birmingham 5 hours 20 minutes
  • London 7 hours 30 minutes

From the north/west – take the A82 into the National Park.

Drive times to Balloch:

  • Fort William 2 hours
  • Inverness 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Oban (A85 to A82) 1 hour 40 minutes

You can check for travel problems at https://trafficscotland.org/

By coach

National Express coaches travel through the National Park and have stops at Crianlarich and Tyndrum

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