(Above image is a capture of sunrise over Loch Lomond from Balmaha.)
The Trossachs region encompasses a large and scenic geographic area between the Highlands and Lowlands of Scotland within which can be found many lochs (lakes), forests, wildlife and mountains.
Location is about 30 miles north of Glasgow in S.W. Scotland..
The name is derived from the Gaelic na Trossaichean which is a small range of hillocks between Loch Katrine and Loch Achray. The area now includes the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park which extends to 1,865 sq km (720 sq miles). The Park and wider region is ideal for outdoor activities and sightseeing. This was the home of 18th century Scottish legend Rob Roy.
Here is a list of potential activities and sightseeing:
- Outdoor activities include hiking, mountain biking, water sports, canoeing, bird watching and climbing mountains such as Ben Lomond.
Visit Luss and Loch Lomond. Take a boat trip on the Loch and/or just relax and enjoy the scenery.
- View wildlife such as deer and raptors..
- Take a boat trip on Loch Katrine (Glasgow’s water supply). There is the steamship Sir Walter Scott or Lady of the Lake.
- Hiking: The 124km (77 miles) Rob Roy Way stretches between Drymen and Pitlochry. The eastern bank of Loch Lomond forms part of the 154 km (96 miles) West Highland Way between Glasgow and Fort William in the Highlands.
- Avail of a motor tour visiting such sites as Luss, Drymen, Aberfoyle, Port of Menteith, Callander, Strathtyre, Balquhidder and Tarbet.
- Photography: the region is eminently suitable with a wider range of landscapes, waterscapes and wildlife.
- Avail of a Zip Wire experience in the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park, near Aberfoyle.
- Visit the Bracklinn Falls at Callander.
- Visit Doune Castle with its Monty Python and Outlander connections.
- Visit Inchmahome Priory on an island in Lake of Menteith.
- Visit the Falls of Dochart at Killin, near Loch Tay.
- Climb the 350m (1200 feet) high Conic Hill, near Balmaha, Loch Lomond. The summit offers superb views over the region when visibility is suitable.
- Attend a Highland Games during the summer season.