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Happy 16th Birthday to us!

Today the National Park turns 16 years old…here are 16 things you may not know about the Park.

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Loch Ard in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park

1 – The Park is 1,865 sq km (720 sq miles) and has a boundary length of 350 km (220 miles).

2 – ️50% of Scotland’s population lives within an hour’s drive of the National Park.

3 – There are 21 Munros (mountains above 3,000ft) in the Park and the highest is Ben More at 1,174m.

4 – There are 20 Corbetts (mountains between 2,500ft and 3,000ft).

5 – There are 22 larger lochs, with numerous smaller lochs and lochans, and about 50 rivers and large burns.

6 – 15,168 people live in the National Park (2011 census).

7 – ️There are two Forest Parks – Queen Elizabeth in the Trossachs and Argyll in Cowal.

8 – The National Park contains one of the UK’s largest National Nature Reserves – The Great Trossachs Forest.

9 – ️Ben Lomond National Memorial Park is Scotland’s national memorial to those who have died in conflict.

10 – The stunning Loch Lomond is home to 22 islands and 27 islets.

11 – Loch Lomond is the largest area of freshwater in Britain at 24 miles long! At its deepest, it measures 623 feet, the equivalent of 45 double decker buses.

12 – The National Park has 39 miles of coastline around Loch Long, Loch Goil and the Holy Loch.

13 – For hundreds of years, up until the 19th century, Scottish Gaelic was the language of most of the inhabitants of the Park area.

14 – The Park was the first National Park in Scotland followed by the Cairngorms.

15 – There are four distinctive areas of the National Park: Loch Lomond, Cowal, The Trossachs and Breadalbane.

16 – Our Wild Park 2020 Biodiversity Action Plan sets to deliver  five ‘wild challenges’red squirrelinvasive non-native species, mountain bogsblack grouse and woodland habitat networks. 

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