Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park
Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park is a national park in Scotland centred on Loch Lomond and the hills and glens of the Trossachs, along with several other ranges of hills. It was the first of the two national parks established by the Scottish Parliament in 2002, the second being the Cairngorms National Park. The park extends to cover much of the western part of the southern highlands, lying to the north of the Glasgow conurbation, and contains many mountains and lochs. It is the fourth-largest national park in the British Isles, with a total area of 1,865 km2 (720 sq mi) and a boundary of some 350 km (220 mi) in length. It features 21 Munros (including Ben Lomond, Ben Lui, Beinn Challuim, Ben More and two peaks called Ben Vorlich) and 20 Corbetts.
The park straddles the Highland Boundary Fault, which divides it into two distinct regions - lowland and highland - that differ in underlying geology, soil types and topography. The change in rock type can most clearly be seen at Loch Lomond itself, as the fault runs across the islands of Inchmurrin, Creinch, Torrinch and Inchcailloch and over the ridge of Conic Hill. To the south lie green fields and cultivated land; to the north, mountains.
The closest major city is Glasgow. The drive from Glasgow is only around 45 minutes. This is one of the reasons why the national park is very popular among tourists and locals alike. The national park is generally easiest to reach by car.
When to visit
There is something to see in every season in the national park. Because of the vicinity to Glasgow there will be visitors even in winter. You will still be able to do some of the popular hiking trails.
Map of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park
Image gallery of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park
Visitor/Information centres in Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park
Most national parks have an associated visitor centre to help visitors. They are usually open most of the year but some close in the off-season. You will often be able to find information on all the activities in the national park. A visit to the visitor centre is often recommended before venturing into the park.
Most national parks have there own trademarks. This goes for both natural sights and man-made. This section will list any popular sights in nature.
Wildlife in Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park
These sections shows you some of the characteristic wildlife to the national park.
Mushroom hunting in Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park
There are no obvious rules besides the regular rules for foraging. Be sure to check with the local authorities before venturing into the national park for foraging.
Camping rules in Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park
In the off season you do not need a permit to wild camp in the National Park. Please camp responsibly and in accordance with the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.
Bears in Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park
No bears in the park
This national park has no bears and you do not need to take precautions.