The Trossachs National Park
The Trossachs National Park is one of the most beautiful parts of Scotland and was the first designated National Park in Scotland. With its plethora of Lochs, hills and forest it attracts walkers, climbers, cyclists, canoists and fishing folk to the area. Not to mention being a paradise for photographers with the areas ever changing light. But most of all it is an ideal place to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. There is so much to do and many facilities and yet you are in the heart of nature surrounded in stunning scenery.
Hills And Lochs
The Trossachs is famous for its hills and lochs including Loch Katrine, Loch Achray, Loch Venachar, Loch Ard, Loch Long, Loch Earn and of course Loch Lomond – and there are many more! Famous people associated with the area include Sir Walter Scott, Rob Roy and Sir John Ruskin.
There are many walks from simple, slow and short to the most challenging hill walking. There are opportunities to sit by a beautiful Loch and simply enjoy the ever changing scenery. The wildlife includes red squirrels, ospreys, golden eagles, deer and otters. Highland cattle can be seen in the fields. You may also see grouse, pheasants, woodpeckers and many garden birds.
In wintertime the mountains are often snow capped looking dazzling when the sun shines.
Things To Do In The Trossachs
There are also many things to do aside from nature activities. Take a steamship on Loch Katrine, visit the Safari Park, explore the castles at Doune and at Stirling, Go Ape in Aberfoyle. Vist the ruined monastery and find peace and tranquility on an island at Inchmahome Priory. Enjoy the independent shops at Callander, a town overlooked by the beautiful Ben Ledi. Then get refreshment at one of the many cafes and restaurants.
Visit the film set of the 1959 film of The Thirty-nine steps at the Brig O’ Turk Tearooms where you can get anything from a cup of tea to a three course meal. And this is mentioning just a few of the many reasons to visit the Trossachs.
Once people visit the Trossachs – they tend to come again and again becaus either is just so much to see and do. And each time people love to see the countryside, revisit their favourites – and find new lovely places to go.
On Your Doorstep
West Riding Cottage and West Riding Studio are located in Brig O’ Turk near Callander. It is a prefect place to explore the area
Walking out from the cottages there are numerous wlaks. Reach Black Water River and Loch Achray in less than a mile, then return via the Byre Inn pub. Walk to the place where John Ruskin was painted and to the view over the resevoir in Glen Finglis. Discover the old Curling pond then go for tea at the Brig O Turk Tearooms. For the more energetic, walk up into the hills or cycle on the designated paths to Aberfoyle or Loch Katrine.
A Little Further
Have lunch at the Harbour View cafe overlooking Loch Venachar where you can also hire a boat. Visit Callandar where you can shop, eat, play golf and visit the Bracklinn Falls. Go to the Woollen Mill and the Scottish Real Ale shop at Kilmahog or explore Aberfoyle. Take the children to Go Ape to let off some steam – and have a go yourself!
All within a Day Trip
There is so much you can do fo a day out you will be spoiled for choice. From visiting Stirling, Edinburgh or Glasgow cities or heading our towards Glencoe and the Highlands. Or explore Loch Lomond and beyond or the canal at Crinan.
So much to do – you will be coming back again and again.