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Loch Lomond
and the Trossachs National Park


Loch Lomond and Ben Lomond from Balloch

The Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park is less than an hours drive from the Monklands or Glasgow area.  It was opened in July 2002 and the extent of the national park has been defined to encompasses the whole of Loch Lomond, the Trossachs, the area  around Callander, Balloch in the south to Crianlarich and Killin to the north, (and a bit more besides over to the west of Loch Lomond to Loch Long,   Gareloch and Strachur in the Cowal Peninsula).

The National park has four distinct areas:

  • Lomond - The area surrounding Loch Lomond (,the largest expanse of freshwater in Great Britain). including Balloch, Rowardennan, Balmaha, Luss, Tarbet and Ardlui. Ben Lomond is on the east side of Loch Lomond.

  • The Trossachs, wild glens and sparkling lochs between Callander and Aberfoyle including Loch Katrine pier, Brig o' Turk, and  Strathyre. This area also includes the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park, seven major lochs and even more small lochs.

  • Breadalbane, the high country of the north, Glen Dochart, Killin and Glenogle, with some of Scotlands finest munros, Ben Lui, Ben Challum, Ben More and Ben Vorlich

  • Argyll - Helensburgh, Strachur, Gareloch, Arrochar and the Argyll forest park of the Cowal peninsula bordered by sea lochs

This is where the Highlands meet the Lowlands, where the lochs, mountains, rivers and villages hold secrets of history, legend and tradition.

The Trossachs and Breadalbane mark the spot where the Highlands and Lowlands meet. Much of this picturesque area lies within the boundaries of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park.

The Trossachs hills mark the dividing Highland Line and, though its peaks may be humbler than those of its namesake, the Trossachs green uplands still dwarf the Lowland plain to the south.


The Friends of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs is the only charity working to conserve the landscape of Scotlands first National Park.
They work towards the conservation and enhancement of the natural and cultural heritage in the National Park. This has included activities such as the renovation of Pulpit Rock, near Ardlui, on the western shore of Loch Lomond and Bruces tree near Tarbet, an archaeological survey of the Loch Lomond islands and working with the National Trust for Scotland on the purchase of Ben Lomond.


The gateways to this startling landscape, rich in mythology and folklore, are the villages of Callander and Aberfoyle.

Callander is a colourful, bustling holiday town set dramatically beneath high, wooded crags and close to the Pass of Leny. It sits at the Northern gateway to the Trossachs and the foot of the Highlands. Callander has an abundance of craft and woollen shops and the centre of the town cradles the memories and exploits of legendary Highland Rogue Rob Roy MacGregor, local hero and bandit. 

To the north of the town, lies Strathyre, meaning "sheltered valley" this charming small village clustered around the main street is protected on all sides by beautiful rolling hills.  Further north lies the less excitable, more tranquil hamlet of Balquhidder, where the churchyard containing Rob Roys grave can be found, etched with the stirring epitaph MacGregor Despite Them.

ABERFOYLE (pop. 600) is an attractive village with a thriving main street at the Southern gateway to the Trossachs. Situated in the midst of the magnificent scenery of the Highland edge. It offers many attractions for the visitor.

Above Aberfoyle the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park is a haven for walkers and trekkers, and the splendour of nearby Loch Katrine, the inspiration for Walter Scotts Lady of the Lake and Rob Roy, can be enjoyed from the decks of the elegant Steam Ship Sir Walter Scott.

Breadalbane, Gaelic for the high country, is where the Scottish Highlands truly begin. This is a place of grand majesty, with the Crianlarich and Ben Lawers mountain ranges amongst the highest in Scotland - a wild landscape of deer and eagles.

Yet, Breadalbane is also a wilderness of beauty spots and welcoming hostelries, a place to relax and enjoy, a place of lore and legend.

Traditional villages like Killin nestle amid magnificent scenery; the spectacular Falls of Dochart, Lochearnheads stunning loch-side setting and, nestling in an ancient glacial valley, the Highland villages of Tyndrum and Crianlarich.

Callander With its pretty shop-lined main-street and stunning, mountainous backdrop, Callander has long held the affection of shoppers and tourists alike. Whilst in Callander don't forget to visit some delightful shops!

The Shell Centre - 31a Main Street, Callander- as it name implies it sells all types of tropical sea shells. Ray Handyside - the proprietor also keeps the connection with the sea and sells a large variety of Model Ships, Galleons, Glass boats, Knot pictures, Lighthouses and other marine bric-a-brac  ......


Paeony - Gifts and Cards - 30 Main Street, Callander 01877 339400 sells a wide variety of gifts, scented candles (the place has a very pleasant smell) and Greeting Cards of all types. Paeony gifts and cards is one of Callander's newest shopping additions and, since opening its doors to the public in March 2006, the shop has wasted no time earning itself a reputation for excellence when its comes to quality and choice.  

Lady Kentmores
A family run antique shop located  in Callander in the heart of the Trossachs, dealing in antiques for over four generations
Antiques, Curios & Collectables
55 Main Street

Web site: www.ladykentmores.com

Blythswood Care
charity shop

Blythswood Shops19 Main Steet
FK17 8DU
T: 01877 339 943

Blythswood Care charity shops sell a range of goods including clothing, furniture, soft furnishings, toys and bric a brac, You can also donate goods by handing them in to your local shop.

Atrium Cafe Restaurant

The Glass Roofed Cafe Restaurant is situated above the store in Callander.

atrium roofThe Atrium Cafe Restaurant has been established since 2002 and is located in the picturesque town of Callander in the heart of the Trossachs. The experienced chefs produce all meals and home baking on-site. The lemon meringue pie is renowned and people come from far & wide to taste the delicious Atrium home-baking.

The Atrium Club Sandwich filled with succulent pieces of chicken breast, grilled crispy bacon, tomato, crisp lettuce & mayonnaise. Our Atrium Burger is made from 100% beef served in a floured bap with lettuce, tomato & barbecue dip.
Our coffees are truly delicious - whether you prefer a mild cappuccino or a cafe Americano we can cater for all tastes.
Our desserts include Lemon Meringue Pie, Banoffee Pie (MY favourite JL), Apple & Raspberry Tart, Strawberry Roulade, Bailey's Cheesecake, Pavlova, Strawberry & Cream Meringues
Get in touch NOW! 01877 332 612 http://www.ccwclothing.com/atrium-cafe/

ABERFOYLE is an attractive village with a thriving main street at the Southern gateway to the Trossachs. Whilst in Aberfoyle don't forget to have a meal and visit some delightful shops!

When in Aberfoyle dine at the Coach house.
Main street Aberfoyle Tel: 01877 382822

Cosy comfortable family atmosphere -Extensive menu including bar snacks - Open log fire -Beer garden with childrens' play area 

See Jean at the Spinning Wheel


Campbell the Birdman

GUYANA www.guyana.ltd.uk  is in the centre of the Aberfoyle Village set between the west end of the car park and the Main Street. Main Street, Aberfoyle Phone: 01877 382308
Guyana garden & gifts has a wide range of arts and crafts sourced from throughout the world, making for a fascinating visit together with attractive plant areas, with an excellent selection of plants, planters and garden art...




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