Welcome to Explore Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park Guide with Maps
This unique area of Scotland received its first tourists over 200 years ago. Made popular by Sir Walter Scott's publications of 'Rob Roy' and 'The Lady of the Lake'. It is said that crowds set off in their hundreds to view the spectacular scenery described by Scott in his books, until then comparatively unknown.
Trossachs, is an unusual word often difficult to remember, let alone pronounce. The Gaelic translation is 'rough stuff' or 'rough area'. It was originally associated with the area around the road to the Loch Katrine pier complex. When you visit here you will see the terrain is particularly hilly and bumpy (hence its name) with many small hummocks covered in oak trees.
Today Trossachs is the term used for the whole area, on the north east side of Loch Lomond. I often think of it as the equivalent to England's Lake district. Beautiful scenery with many lochs or lakes. The road to Inversnaid from Aberfoyle runs along a loch edge, which is particularly enchanting. I remember seeing this over 30 years ago for the first time. It still makes me go Wow!
The area continues to be extremely popular, especially the Scots who know what a fabulous area it is.
Here we allow you to see what is on offer, so you can plan exactly what you would like to see and do before you arrive.