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.

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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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Beautiful lake surrounded by mountains

loch Lomond and the Trossachs walks

Ben Lomond, Argll and Bute

7.6 miles | 5 hours | challenging

Hiking on Ben Lomond
Hiking on Ben Lomond/Credit: Getty

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.

The route
  • 12.3km/7.6 miles
  • 5 hours
  • Challenging
Map and route
Ben Lomond map

Inchcailloch, Loch Lomond, Stirlingshire

Lake, hills and woodland
Loch lomond at Balmaha, looking to Inchcailloch Island/Creidt: Getty

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.

The route
  • 2.7km/1.7 miles
  • 1 hour
  • easy–mdoerate
Map and route
Inchcailloch walking route and map

Inversnaid, Loch Lomond

Loch Lomond, Scotland
Loch Lomond in winter/Credit: Getty

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.

The route
  • 6.4km/4 miles
  • 2 hours
  • Moderate
 Map and route
Loch Lomond map

Loch Katrine, Stirlingshire

5.2 miles | 3 hours | easy–moderate

View from mountain over loch
Looking over Loch Katrine from the summit of Ben A'an/Credit: Getty

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

The route
  • 8.3km/5.2 miles
  • 3 hours
  • Easy/moderate
Route and map
Loch Katrine map

Loch Ard Forest, Stirlingshire

3.5 miles | 2 hours | easy

Loch Ard Forest, Stirlingshire
Queen Elizabeth Forest Park covers 200 square kilometres and is home to Britain’s largest off-road cycle network/Credit: Alamy Alamy

Prepare to have your senses heightened on this engaging sculpture trail through stands of towering conifers and alongside a mesmeric loch shore.

The route
  • 5.7km/3.5 miles
  • 2 hours
  • Easy
Route and map
Loch Ard map

Glen Ogle, Stirlingshire

7.2 miles | 4 hours | moderate

Glen Ogle, Lochearnhead, Stirlingshire, Scotland
Glen Ogle viaduct/Credit: Getty

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.

The route
  • 11.6km/7.2 miles
  • 4 hours
  • Moderate
Map and route
Glen Ogle map

Conic Hill, Stirlingshire

6.4 miles | 4 hours | moderate–challenging

Conic Hill, Scotland
Walkers approaching Conic Hill on the West Highland Way/Credit: Alamy
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Climb an iconic Scottish hill, pausing for a picnic at the summit with views across beautiful Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park.

The route
  • 10.3km/6.4 miles
  • 4 hours
  • Moderate/challenging
Route and map
Conic Hill map

Authors

Daniel Graham of COuntryfile magazine on a hike with wet hair and blue coat and hills in background
Daniel GrahamOutdoors editor, BBC Countryfile Magazine

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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