Images of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park

Days Out

Explore for a day

Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park boasts some of the most stunning scenery in the country, from the breathtaking mountains and glens of the Trossachs to the vast tranquil beauty of Loch Lomond.

There’s plenty to explore, not only the rugged outdoors but also easy to discover natural and cultural heritage. Below you will find a selection of things to see and do across the Park. In addition there are 4 days out itineraries which can be easily done by car.

  • Glenbranter – gateway for exploration of Argyll
  • Forest Park Benmore Botanic Garden – stunning mountainside garden
  • Puck’s Glen – hidden magical gorge discovered by two trails
  • Kilmun Church & Argyll Mausoleum – a holy site for over 1,000 years
  • Kilmun Village – coastal heritage village with unusual ‘tea caddie’ houses
  • Ardentinny & Glenfinart Walled Garden – sandy beach, forest paths and community garden
  • Falls of Falloch – Scottish Scenic Route viewpoint over a beautiful waterfall
  • ‘An Ceann Mòr’ at Inveruglas – Scottish Scenic Route viewpoint with stunning views over Loch Lomond
  • Inversnaid – RSPB reserve, trails and wildlife on eastern Loch Lomond
  • The Cobbler (Ben Arthur) – a spectacular view whether from the steep climb up or from the picnic benches below
  • Ben Lomond and Ardess Hidden History Trail – Scotland’s most southerly Munro
  • Luss Village – picturesque village on Loch Lomond’s western shores
  • Loch Lomond National Nature Reserve – magical wooden Isle of Inchcailloch accessible by boat
  • Balmaha Village – Conic Hill, Millennium Forest Path, boat to Inchcailloch, Tom Weir and more
  • Falls of Dochart at Killin – spectacular waterfalls with clan burial ground in its middle
  • Lochearnhead
  • Balquhidder Glen – home to Rob Roy’s grave and Scottish Scenic Route installation ‘Look Out’
  • St Fillans – links to missionary Faolan and burial place of Stewarts of Ardvorlich
  • Strathyre Village – excellent for outdoor pursuits on land and loch
  • Loch Lubnaig Beag – Scottish Scenic Route viewpoint overlooking Loch Lubnaig and Ben Ledi
  • Bracklinn Falls – woodland walks to roaring falls just above Callander
  • Great Trossachs Forest National Nature Reserve – try starting at Glen Finglas Visitor Gateway at Loch Venachar
  • The Lodge & Three Lochs Forest Drive – explore the Trossachs’ forests, lochs and wildlife
  • Loch Ard Sculpture Trail – seek out art works in the woods around Loch Ard, east of Aberfoyle
  • Inchmahome Priory – located on an island in Scotland’s only lake – Lake of Menteith

Days out itineraries:

1.    Discover Cowal Peninsula – within the heart of the Argyll Forest Park, enjoy woodland walks and heritage coastal villages

2.    Explore Loch Lomond – a loop around the southern end of the loch, from Inveruglas on the west, to Rowardennan on the east

3.    Breadalbane – history, walks, water and hidden glens in the north eastern corner of the National Park

4.    The Trossachs – walking, woodland and wildlife within a National Scenic Area


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Puck's Glen

Puck's GlenA fairy glen named after Puck from a Midsummer’s Night Dream. Medium difficulty walk, easy to follow path, start from Forestry car park near   Benmore Botanic Garden - 2 miles, 1.5 hours.

Look our for: ferns and mosses beneath a canopy of coniferous forest,  giant trees. 

Further information: www.forestry.gov.uk

Glen Ogle, along old railway

A chance to see the historic railway viaduct. This waymarked trail follows the old railway line out of Lochearnhead and heads towards the pass to Killin. Car parking at start of walk - 6.5 miles, 3 or 4 hours. 

Look out for: mountain plants, butterflies.

Further information: www.walkhighlands.co.uk/lochlomond/glen-ogle.shtml

Endrick Mouth via Aber Path

Part of Loch Lomond National Nature Reserve, a special place with a rich natural heritage. Parking at Millennium Hall, Gartocharn. Easy walk - allow 2 hours.

Look our for: woods, waterfowl, reed beds.

Further information: www.nnr-scotland.org.uk

Glen OgleBird of prey trail, in the Trossachs

Travelling on The Trossachs Bird of Prey trail will give you a chance to watch some of Scotland’s most magnificent wildlife.

Look out for: birds of prey.

Further information: www.wildlifeextra.com/go/uk/trossachs-bird.html

Conic Hill

Climb this hill for magnificent views of Loch Lomond and its islands showing the Highland boundary fault line. Takes an hour to get to the top, easy to follow path but steep all the way.

Look out for: geology -  heather moorland, upland birds.

Inchcailloch

Inchcailloch is part of the Loch Lomond National Nature Reserve. This magical island is steeped in history and a haven for wildlife. Medium difficulty walk after ferry crossing.

Look out for: woodland, woodland plants, birds, fallow deer. In the spring the island is carpeted with bluebells.

Further information: www.lochlomond-trossachs.org

Inchcailloch bluebellsThe Lodge, Aberfoyle

At The Lodge you can see live CCTV images beamed from different locations. You may be lucky enough to see buzzards, red squirrels, peregrines and even ospreys.

Look out for: osprey, water fowl.

Further information: www.forestry.gov.uk

Kilmun Arboretum

Admire groves of remarkable exotic trees collected from around the world.

Look out for: exotic trees, eucalyptus.

Further Information: www.forestry.gov.uk

Strathyre, Bailefuil Walk

Enjoy walking above the beautiful village of Strathyre. Bailefuil walk can be started from Strathyre car park.

Look out for: red squirrels, buzzards, wood peckers.  

Further information: www.forestry.gov.uk

Inchmahome, Lake of Menteith

Set on an island in the Lake of Menteith, Inchmahome is an idyllically-situated Augustinian monastery dating from 1238. A ferry runs from the car park on the B8034.

Look out for: ospreys

Further information: www.historic-scotland.gov.uk

Scenic Routes

Too often when travelling, we focus on the route rather than the journey. Within the National Park, there are now four additional reasons to pause, reflect and absorb your beautiful surroundings. Viewpoints have always played an important role in tourism in the UK. Now a Scottish Government national initiative has developed picturesque stopping points on key roads through the National Park and brought the viewpoint right up to date.

The National Park commissioned young design and architectural talent to create new artworks that provide visitors with the opportunity to break their journeys and to enjoy iconic Park vistas:

'Woven Sound' - Falls of Falloch

‘Woven Sound’ allows visitors to experience the thundering Falls of Falloch at close range. The trellised shelter weaves through the vegetation and extends over the water’s edge complementing its natural surroundings and the falls themselves.

Off the A82 Tarbet to Crianlarich, 1 mile north of The Drovers Inn and 3 miles south of Crianlarich

'LookOut' - Loch Voil

Blink and you may miss it! ‘LookOut’ is a mirrored stainless steel covered wood-framed cabin, situated in the field at the head of the loch. Reflecting the dramatic landscapes around, this shiny box blends seamlessly into the countryside.

Off the A84 Callander to Lochearnhead, west up the Balquhidder glen, opposite Monachyle Mhor

'Faerie Hollow' - Loch Lubnaig beag

Situated in a natural hollow ‘Faerie Hollow’ provides travellers the chance to stop, sit and linger whilst gazing across the loch and mountains beyond. Engraved poetry on man and the seasons, and the possibility of mythological encounters only add to this viewpoint’s attraction.

Off the A84 Callander to Strathyre, at a small lochside picnic site 5 miles south of Balquhidder.

'An Ceann Mor' - Inveruglas

An Ceann Mor (Gaelic meaning, large headland)  is an 8m high pyramid shaped viewpoint at Inveruglas offering spectacular views across Loch Lomond and to the peaks of Ben Lomond in the middle distance.

Inveruglas is a popular stopping point on the A82, and the striking design by BTE Architecture adds significantly to the area’s appeal.

A82 Luss to Ardlui, behind the car park and Cafe Lochan.

For more information on Scenic Routes click here.