Best walks in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs

Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park in Scotland boasts steep mountain peaks, overlooking rolling hills, untamed forests and glistening lakes. Find inspiration with our favourite hikes
6th June 2018
Loch Lomond walks

Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park lies just thirty minutes from Scotland's most populated city. Yet there are spots in the region that can make you feel like you're the most isolated person in the country. The national park is known for its fascinating history and still lakes that lie between rugged mountains. Head west to see this beautiful Scottish national park and take some time to explore its serenity.

Here is the list of the best walks  in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs:

1. Ben Lomond, Argyll and Bute

Ben Lomond
Lake Lomond is shadowed by Ben Lomond/Credit: Getty Images

Ben Lomond is the most climbed of the Scottish Munros, with a direct ascent of 974m to its summit. Climb north up the tourist path from Rowardennan, then either retrace your ascent route or take the rougher return along Ptarmigan Ridge to the west. Map and route.

2. Glen Ogle, Stirlingshire

Loch Earn
The walk through Glen Ogle begins at Loch Earn in Stirlingshire, Scotland/Credit: Getty Images

Nestled on the north-eastern edge of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park lies Glen Ogle. For centuries, this steep glen has provided a through route for travellers and cattle herders, or drovers. Map and route.

3. The West Highland Way, Stirling

Bridge of Orchy
The walk ends in the charming village of Bridge of Orchy/Credit: Getty Images

The West Highland Way is one of Scotland’s most spectacular long-distance trails, travelling through an astonishing landscape, including the gorgeous surroundings of Loch Lomond and the iconic scenery of Glen Coe. Map and route.

4. Loch Lomond, Scotland

Loch Lomond
Stunningly still Loch Lomond/Credit: Getty Images

What better place to explore the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park than the magical loch itself? Inversnaid overlooks Loch Lomond’s upper eastern side. For wildlife and wild land enthusiasts, this is a perfect place for a short but energetic walk to recharge your batteries after the long winter. Map and route

5. Ben Lomond, Stirlingshire

Ben Lomond
Wild camping on Ben Lomond, overlooking Loch Lomond/Credit: Getty Images

The 974m mountain is at the heart of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, rising from the loch to a prominent level summit. Those who choose to wild camp on the mountain must be experienced and fully equipped. Map and route.

6. The Trossachs, Stirling

Trossachs
Breathtaking Lock Katrine/Credit: Getty Images

The term 'Trossachs' refers to the beautiful glens, lovely lochs and higher hills east of Ben Lomond, but historically it was a small, wooded glen that occupied the area in and around Loch Katrine. But this was before the legendary Sir Walter Scott published the poem Lady of the Lake in 1810, after he had holidayed in the Trossachs. Map and route.

7. Bracklinn Falls, Callander

Bracklinn Falls
Idyllic Bracklinn Falls/Credit: Getty Images

This circular trek takes in the breathtaking Bracklinn Falls, a very popular beauty spot for locals and tourists. Once over the bridge the route climbs through forest before descending to the quiet upper glen, before returning by a minor road. Map and route.

8. Balloch Castle Country Park, Balloch

Balloch Castle
Balloch Castle overlooks Loch Lomond/Credit: Getty Images

A lovely walk through Balloch Country Park, with good views over Loch Lomond. Map and route.

9. Ben A'an, Callander

Ben A'an
Ben A'an is in the heart of the Trossachs/Credit: Getty Images

One of Scotland's most popular smaller hills lies in the heart of the Trossachs. Ben A'an is often known as the 'mountain in miniature'. Map and route.

10. The Three Lochs Way, Scotland

Loch Lomond
Walk alongside Loch Lomond on the Three Lochs Way/Credit: Getty Images

A long-distance walking route that links Loch Lomond, Gare Loch and Loch Long. Walk the pathway in four stages, the Three Lochs Way has a railway station at the start and end of each section. Map and route. 

 

You can discover more great walks here. 

 

Main image: Ben Lomond looking down unto Loch Lomond/Credit: Getty Images

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