Best walks in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park
Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park in Scotland boasts steep mountain peaks, overlooking rolling hills, untamed forests and glistening lakes. Discover this spectacular landscape with our guide to the best walks in national park.
Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park lies just 30 minutes from Scotland's most populated city, Glasgow. Yet in parts of the national park it often feels like you're the most isolated person in the country.
Loch Lomond and the Trossachs is known for its great walks, fascinating history, placid lakes and rugged mountains. Discover this spectacular landscape with our pick of the best walks in the national park.
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Loch Lomond and the Trossachs walks
Ben Lomond, Argll and Bute
7.6 miles | 5 hours | challenging
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.
- 12.3km/7.6 miles
- 5 hours
Inchcailloch, Loch Lomond, Stirlingshire
Soft white sands, a delectable swim and a mini mountain await on the enchanted island of Inchcailloch, part of the Loch Lomond National Nature Reserve.
- 2.7km/1.7 miles
- 1 hour
Inversnaid, Loch Lomond
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.
- 6.4km/4 miles
- 2 hours
Loch Katrine, Stirlingshire
5.2 miles | 3 hours | easy–moderate
Loch Katrine is a large freshwater loch in the Highland region of Scotland. The eight-mile long waterbody has wooed artists and poets for centuries – the Wordsworths and Coleridge, to name a few. And for good reason: extending through miles of remote Scottish country and overlooked by craggy hills at its southern end, it’s a place of great beauty.
You can experience Loch Katrine in the beautiful Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park with a cruise on board the Sir Walter Scott Steamship, but for those with a bit more energy, a tranquil five-mile walk runs along the eastern shoreline. It's the perfect way to spend a morning or afternoon, no matter what the weather
- 8.3km/5.2 miles
- 3 hours
Loch Ard Forest, Stirlingshire
3.5 miles | 2 hours | easy
Prepare to have your senses heightened on this engaging sculpture trail through stands of towering conifers and alongside a mesmeric loch shore.
- 5.7km/3.5 miles
- 2 hours
Glen Ogle, Stirlingshire
7.2 miles | 4 hours | moderate
At the north-eastern edge of this 720 square mile national park lies Glen Ogle. For centuries this steep glen has provided a through route for travellers and cattle herders, or drovers. Today it’s as important as ever and it carries an important trunk road. The best way to appreciate the glen though is, as in the days of yore, on foot.
- 11.6km/7.2 miles
- 4 hours
Conic Hill, Stirlingshire
6.4 miles | 4 hours | moderate–challenging
Climb an iconic Scottish hill, pausing for a picnic at the summit with views across beautiful Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park.
- 10.3km/6.4 miles
- 4 hours
Danny is the outdoors editor of BBC Countryfile Magazine, responsible for commissioning, editing and writing articles that offer ideas and inspiration for exploring the UK countryside.
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