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Support for your visit

Please note our earliest availability is mid-June.

From the conservation challenges facing the National Park to our cultural heritage and diverse flora and fauna, our staff have a wealth of knowledge that they love to share through our outdoor learning programmes.

Thank you to the Rangers. Your expertise and knowledge of the area covered all aspects of the unit we are studying… your enthusiasm for the Park rubbed off on them. Geography Teacher, Mearns Castle High School

Our vision is that more children, young people, and those experiencing disadvantage experience high quality and frequent learning opportunities outdoors and as a result are better connected to nature. Through these experiences they become passionate advocates for the National Park.

How to Book

  • To plan a visit that meets the needs and interest of your group, get in touch at We’re happy to help – whether you need specific advice or just want to know how to organise your visit
  • To make a booking for support use our online booking page: Ranger Support Request, that has a calendar of our available dates to request Ranger support, and a short online form to complete. Alternatively complete and return ourgroup booking form.  We’ll be in touch to confirm availability and support you with your plans for the day of your visit. Please give a minimum of four weeks notice.

Go your own way!

If you’d prefer to visit independently, our Ranger-supported dates don’t suit you or are unavailable take a look at our guidance for self-led visits giving you the know-how in preparing for a self-led visit to the National Park. We also have specific site information for visiting Balmaha and east Loch Lomond areas.

Preparing for your visit

You do not need the latest Goretex jacket, trousers or fancy hiking boots to enjoy a visit to the National Park. Sensible footwear (including wellies), a decent waterproof and you are ready to go! Being warm and dry are the priorities, it is not about fashion!

Here’s our suggested kit list:

Teachers and group leaders need to ensure that all pupils or members of their group are properly prepared for the potential of poor weather and attend with:

  • Appropriate footwear, which means boots/shoes with grip soles and ankle support
  • Protective clothing for wet, windy and cold conditions or hot and sunny conditions
  • Packed lunch if required
  • Sufficient water and liquids for the duration of the visit
  • First Aid Kit (the Rangers are first aid trained and will carry a first aid kit themselves)

You may also want to bring:

  • Midge repellent or midge nets
  • Sun cream
  • Anti bacterial wipes or gel
  • Tick remover or sharp tweezers
  • Mobile phone
  • Camera for some action photos and magnificent views
  • Bags for disposing of litter
  • Clipboards and worksheets if required.
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