Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park ***
Scotland's first National Park (Pàirc Nàiseanta Loch Laomainn is nan Tròisichean) consists of four stunning areas: Loch Lomond, The Trossachs, Argyll Forest and Breadalbane. Established in 2002 the park is packed with interesting corners to explore. This is the Highlands in miniature, and displays some of the best views in Scotland, with towering mountains (high hills!) and wild rivers scouring the landscape. Making your way through the magnificent countryside you certainly feel the difference that you are entering the Highlands, as the scenery changes from gentle green hills to craggy mountain tops. There are 21 Munros (mountains over 3000 feet) and 19 Corbetts (mountains above 2500 feet to 3000 feet) and is a Mecca for mountaineers and hill walkers. Walk from the wide-open lush landscapes of the southern section to the sprawling glens and rocky peaks in the north and you'll see why geologists love this place so much. The fault line that divides the Highlands from the Lowlands runs right across the park, making this an endlessly varied part of the world.
At the heart of the park is Loch Lomond itself. You'll have a hard time finding a more beautiful Loch.
Great places to visit within the national park:
- Carrick Castle / Lochgoilhead
- Battle of Dalrigh (1306) / Tyndrum
- Falls of Dochart / Killin
- Inchmahome Priory / Port of Menteith
- Rob Roy's Grave / Balquhidder
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