Uncovering Loch Lomond and The Trossachs
Continuing with our series uncovering the unmissable sights of the UK we head to the stunning Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park.
Home to some of the UK’s most breath-taking rural scenery, famous landmarks and picturesque villages it’s perfect for couples and families alike looking to explore the UK. We explore 10 sights and attractions not to miss during your next holiday to this beautiful area.
We’ve chosen our favourite attractions in Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, some with helpful links to gorgeous 360 degree panoramas and the exact coordinates of these locations on Google Maps.
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Climbing to over 800 metres, making it a Corbett (mountains 2,500 – 3,000ft high), is the magnificent Cobbler situated in the Grampian Mountains range on the edge of the town of Arrochar. Awarded TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence (2015) the peak offers superb views across Loch Long and towards Ben Lomond. Wind your way through the zig-zag trails of grassland to the rugged summit taking in the breath-taking local scenery and capturing the journey with prime photo opportunities. Geo Coordinates: 56.213036, -4.808162
Loch Lomond Bird of Prey Centre
Get up close and personal with the Hawks and Owls at Loch Lomond Bird of Prey Centre on the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond just minutes from The Carrick. This TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence (2015) winner boasts 36 birds of prey that represent 28 different species each with their own loving name. This family-friendly attraction is a great way to learn more about the fantastic conservation work carried out by the Scottish SPCA. Experience the unique opportunity to become game keeper for the day whilst also visiting the resident Golden Eagle, Orla. Geo Coordinates: 56.004338, -4.595382
The historic town of Dunbarton was the centre of the Kingdom of Strathclyde for over 500 years from 5th Century – 11th Century. At its heart is Dunbarton Castle, awarded TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence (2015), an important Royal refuge overlooking the Firth of Clyde (deepest coastal waters in the UK). Explore the artillery fortifications of early 18th Century Georgian architecture and pay a visit to the Governor’s house hosting artefacts from all over the castle. For unmissable views the White Tower Crag affords mile after mile of stunning landscape. Geo Coordinates: 55.936722, -4.562859
Three Lochs Forest Drive
A picturesque journey can be yours with the Three Lochs Forest Drive taking you through: Lochan Reòidhte, Loch Drunkie and Loch Achray. Keep your eyes peeled along this 7 ¼ mile long scenic drive for Deer, Red Squirrels and if you’re very lucky Ospreys fishing on the Loch! Numerous short walks are available if you prefer to get out and experience the scenery up close. The Pine Ridge trail winds up the hillside rewarding you with fine views across Loch Drunkie and the surrounding countryside. Geo Coordinates: 56.198437, -4.394812
Go Ape Aberfoyle
A fantastic day out for families, thrill seekers and lovers of the great outdoors the Go Ape at Aberfoyle is a wonderful tree top adventure. Situated within the Queen Elizabeth National Park it was awarded TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence (2015) and is home to two of Britain’s longest zip wires. Fly your way through the 400m trails at 150 feet above the ground taking in the spectacular scenery of the surrounding National Park. Geo Coordinates: 56.182558, -4.385670
Running through the small town of Killin are the Dochart Falls on the Western edge of the gorgeous Loch Tay. This natural spectacle was awarded TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence (2015) and when you see the misty spray of the river rising through the air it makes for a perfect photo opportunity. Settle down to genuine Scottish hospitality enjoying a meal at a local restaurant sampling tastes from the local area. Geo Coordinates: 56.462318, -4.319603
Loch Lomond Waterbus
One of the best ways to explore the intricate network of the Trossachs National Park is to set sail on the Loch Lomond Waterbus that takes you on a journey through this inspiring landscape. Explore the locations of Luss & Balmaha, Balloch and Tarbet taking in the picturesque villages and local walking trails. Luss is a popular spot for most visitors with its pretty beach and traditional cottages, it’s a haven you must explore only 10 minutes from Cameron House! Geo Coordinates: 56.101479, -4.641492
Blair Drummond Safari and Adventure Park
Fun for all the family is the Blair Drummond Safari and Adventure Park in Stirling a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence (2015) winner. From African Elephants and Tigers to charming Wallabies there is a wealth of wildlife to explore and see. Experience the drive through reserves to get up close with the exotic animals or set sail on a cruise around Chimp Island to spot the cheeky residents living there. The kids are sure to love the pedal boats where you can take a spin in the 5-seater boats around a lake but remember to keep your head down for the flying fox! Geo Coordinates: 56.162966, -4.036047
One of Scotland’s most popular munros rising to nearly 1,000 metres Ben Lomond offers some of the most incredible views of Loch Lomond. Visit the Ranger Centre at Ardess for a wonderful choice of walking trails suitable for families and adventurers of all ages. Capture your visit by the Memorial sculpture at Ben Lomond that affords a sublime backdrop for your holiday snaps. Keep an eye out for the Pine Marten (cat-sized weasels) and Ptarmigan (part of the grouse family) that call this area home. Geo Coordinates: 56.188100, -4.626152
National Wallace Monument
Discover more about one of Scotland’s most famous heroes, Sir William Wallace, at the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence (2015) National Wallace Monument. Explore the great history of this Scottish hero by visiting the Hall of Arms learning how the Battle of Stirling Bridge came to be fought and what it meant for Willian Wallace. Admire the legendary battle sword before climbing to The Crown to witness the unforgettable vistas from the top of the Monument. Geo Coordinates: 56.138756, -3.918011