INTRODUCTION TO LOCH LOMOND AND THE TROSSACHS
So, you are thinking of visiting Loch Lomond and The Trossachs. You want to know what you can do and where you can stay? The area has so many options to choose from it can become bewildering. Well, this is what we want to help you with. Our website will give you a quick introduction to what is on offer and what will make your visit that wee bit more special.
The area is split naturally in two. Loch Lomond is the main gateway to the area and has several destinations situated next to the water. The Trossachs is a mountainous area with forests and pretty villages. Although there are several lochs situated among the Trossachs the main area for water based activity is Loch Lomond. The largest of the mountains in the area is Ben Lomond which towers above its namesake loch below. Ben Lomond is placed in the middle of the two areas. If you do reach the summit you will be rewarded with a magnificent view of the loch and the surrounding mountains. The views are far reaching and stunning. You should be able to see the east and west coasts of Scotland while you enjoy the beauty of the summit.
HOW TO GET TO LOCH LOMOND AND THE TROSSACHS
So, where do you start? That depends on which direction you are arriving from. If you are visiting from the south and west the best place to begin your journey is Loch Lomond. If you are visiting from the east and north then The Trossachs will be your point of entry.
Depending on your mode of travel the area has several villages that will be your first destination. When you arrive by train from Glasgow you will disembark in the town of Balloch. If you are walking the West Highland Way the village of Drymen will be your first stop on the trail. Travelling by car gives you the option to start where you want with Luss always being a great place to explore. There are several road trips to enjoy by car and you can check them out here. However you start your visit to Loch Lomond and The Trossachs you will be welcomed with a smile.
WHERE TO GO
Personally, my favourite town to start is Aberfoyle. Situated in the heart of The Trossachs with easy access to the east shore of Loch Lomond you have many options to start exploring. Travel north on the Dukes Pass toward Loch Katrine and enjoy a cruise on The Sir Walter Scott steamship. Go west toward Loch Lomond and explore Rob Roy’s hiding place near Inversnaid or take a gentle walk west and find the Doon Hill Fairy Tree. Head south toward Drymen on the country road and discover Gartmore House and the stunning views that this route provides. If you go east from Aberfoyle you will be delighted by the Lake of Menteith that is host to Inchmahome Priory. As a place to start exploring Aberfoyle is the quintessential countryside village that has visitor attractions, hotels, history, culture and loads of friendliness.
If you want to learn more about the villages and towns in Loch Lomond and The Trossachs check our directory of destinations. You can use the itinerary builder to plan your visit if you have several destinations you want to enjoy while you visit.
SO MANY ACTIVITIES
So now you know where you can go when you get to Loch Lomond and The Trossachs. Now you need to know what to do. There are so many things to do when you get here you will be kept busy for a day, a week or a lifetime! In addition to the concerts and exhibitions there are always local events taking place. Check out our events page to stay up to date with the local festivities.
While there are always festivals all year round the summer brings good weather. Because of the pleasant weather the local community like to share and enjoy their day to day lives and with that the local highland games are always a good day out. The summer brings out the best spirit of the local communities and if you want to enjoy the festivities with a few spirits in your glass you could always check out the village shows. With music, dancers and competitions you can watch the local farmers show off their prize animals in the summer warmth while you enjoy a picnic.
Enjoying the summer sunshine with some food and drink is always a popular choice. For those of you who are visiting and want a healthier choice to stay active there are many outdoor activities to get your adrenaline hit. Head to the mountains for a choice of climbing, walking, abseiling or canyoning (my personal favourite). Go for a long distance swim across Loch Lomond with one of the organised groups. Spend a day orienteering or learn how to stalk deer. Enjoy a 4×4 safari or a day sailing. The area is naturally designed as an outdoor playground and the list of activities is endless.
REST AND RELAXATION
While you may want to stay active when you get to Loch Lomond and The Trossachs there is always time for a more easy going visit. With plenty of pampering on offer you can enjoy a spa day or weekend retreat to calm your nerves and refresh yourself. Whether your choice is massage or hot stones the various health & beauty resorts will have what you want on offer. One of my favourite things to do is enjoy the local restaurants and trace the produce from farm to table. The food and drink producers of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs are world renowned. Rather than just eat the food why not understand where it came from. Check out our dedicated section on food and drink manufactures to help guide yourself through the area.
When you have indulged yourself in enough food and drink and lost yourself in another soothing massage there are many relaxing activities still to enjoy. For the photographers among you the area is just one massive photo opportunity. As a result of the last ice age every view is like a painting. You can shoot wildlife and landscapes. Take a selfie with a mountain background. Enjoy a trip on the seaplane and get some aerial footage. Just make sure you send us the pictures so we can share with everyone else! If you do have some wonderful pictures share them on our facebook page.
If you are visiting with your family there are a range of family activities to keep you entertained. You can visit the ancient monuments and castles while you learn about the local history and culture. Go to the drive-in movies at Loch Lomond while you watch the latest blockbuster next to a castle. In addition to creating your own itinerary you can use our recommended itineraries to build a plan that will keep your family entertained while you travel through the area. For more information about what to do when you visit Loch Lomond and the Trossachs check out the discovery section of the website.
THE BEST DEALS
We have also found the best special offers in the area. Check out our special offers page to find what is on offer from the accommodation and activity providers. There are always discounts and cheap deals to take advantage of. Make sure you check back regularly as these offers change often. From weekend breaks and overnight stays you can save money while you visit.
STAY IN TOUCH
So that’s your quick introduction to Loch Lomond and The Trossachs. A short description of the area that will hopefully excite you to explore further.
With summer nearly upon us the area is coming alive with visitors. Throughout the next few weeks and months we will be posting more detailed reviews and articles on our blog and social media pages to help guide you through the area while you visit. With so much to see and do hopefully this quick introduction will point you in the right direction.
Have a great day and most of all enjoy your visit to Loch Lomond and The Trossachs.